Carl-Henric Svanberg has informed
the BP board of directors of his intention to
retire as chairman. Svanberg will chair the
annual general meeting to be held in May
2018 and will remain in position until a successor is in post.
The KrisEnergy Ltd. board of directors
has appointed CEO Kelvin Tang as execu-
tive director and CFO Kiran
Raj as alternate executive
Total has appointed
Marie-Noëlle Semeria as
senior vice president, Group
chief technology officer.
Ardyne has appointed
Paul War wick as non-
DeepOcean has appointed
Ottar Maeland as acting
CEO. He succeeds Bart
Heijermans, who will
remain on the board as a
OLT Offshore LNG Tos-
cana has appointed Richard
Fleischmann as managing
Wintershall has named
Torsten Murin as manag-
ing director in Russia.
Kreuz Subsea has ap-
pointed AJ Jain as CEO and
Balaji Bhashyam as COO.
InterMoor has named
Mark Jones as global CEO.
John B. Frank has been
elected to Chevron’s board
of directors. He will serve
on the company’s Audit
fieldNodal has hired Tom
Scoulios as senior vice
president and chief technol-
ogy officer of Geosciences,
and Shawn Rice as senior
vice president and COO.
TGT Oilfield Services has
named Antoine El Kadi as
global geoscience manager
and Ken Feather as chief
Ramco Group has appointed Russel Davies as
Holdings Inc. has hired
Darren Van Ryn as commercial underwater ship husbandry supervisor for the Gulf
of Mexico region.
Darrell Fontenot has joined Pharma-Safe Industrial as director of HSE.
Sir Bob Reid has joined
the Belltree board as a non-executive director.
Lamprell has appointed
James Dewar as a non-executive director and as a
member of both the Audit
& Risk Committee and the
Remuneration & Development Committee.
Aquaterra Energy has
hired Nick Hawkes as
Aat Hoorn has joined
Simwave as manager engine
room and high voltage
TWMA has appointed
Tony Branch as CEO
and Ronnie Garrick as
Davidsons Blast Services
has appointed Alex Devlin
as operations manager and
Bob Rankine as production
Brian Valentine has
joined RED Engineering as
business developer to oversee the development and
expansion of its specialist
test services business.
Asset Guardian Solutions
Ltd. has hired Blaire McLeod as technical
Eric Rose has joined Global Diving &
Salvage Inc. as director of business development.
Tony Evans has joined LUX Assure as
global business development – CoMic.
Schlumberger has opened the newly
expanded reservoir rock and fluid analysis
laboratory in Houston. The 123,000-sq ft
( 11,427-sq m) Houston Reservoir Laboratory
features a portfolio of the company’s reservoir
characterization technologies, which span
downhole rock and fluid data and sample
acquisition through wellsite and lab analysis.
Halliburton and the Akwa Ibom state
government have opened Nigeria’s first oil
and gas training center fully-equipped with
oil field operations tools. The Akwa Ibom
Oil and Gas Training and Research Center
will provide courses in field development,
drilling and completions engineering, well
intervention solutions, and digital technologies to local energy employees and
students. The company said that the center
will support more than 3,000 students annually and will provide more than 50 courses
in oil and gas development. Halliburton
Landmark will provide the training curriculum, instructors, software, workstations
and tools to be used in the classroom. The
Akwa Ibom state government provided the
Norbit has acquired integrated field
monitoring system specialist Aptomar.
Aptomar’s focus is on protecting the safety
and integrity of offshore personnel, the
environment and offshore facilities through
management of oil spill detection/combat,
surveillance and security, and search and
rescue collaborative services. The company
will be renamed Norbit Aptomar and will
be part of Norbit’s SubSea business.
Pacific Drilling S.A. and some of its
domestic and international subsidiaries
have filed petitions for relief under Chapter
Robert Biolchini, former president and CEO of Penn Well
Corp., died on Nov. 8, 2017, in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He was
78. A member of its board of directors and executive committee
since 1976, Biolchini was named president and CEO of Penn Well
in 2000. Following his retirement in September 2015, he became
chairman of the board of directors. Among other leadership roles,
Biolchini served as a director and board chairman of Valley National Bank, as well as on the boards of Lowrance Electronics and
American Business Media.
He earned his law degree from George Washington University. Since 1981 he
served as a temporary appeals judge for the Oklahoma Supreme Court, and he was a
partner in the law firm Stuart, Biolchini & Turner in Tulsa, Oklahoma, at the time of his
His graduation in 1962 from the University of Notre Dame began an association with
the institution that would last for the rest of his life. He was named to the university’s
board of trustees in 2001 and was a trustee emeritus at the time of his death. He also
served for nearly 20 years on the Notre Dame Law School’s advisory council.
Biolchini chaired the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tulsa’s Fund for the Future, as
well as the Gilcrease Museum and Monte Cassino boards of trustees. He was a
member of the religious orders Sovereign Military Order of Malta and the Order of the
He is survived by his wife, Frances; and four sons and two daughters.