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Wasco Energy’s Pipe Coating Division was recently awarded two pipe coating contacts. The first, valued at A$41.96 million, involves the coating of over 700-km of line pipe; including 450-km of OD42-inch gas transmission pipeline for the transport of dehydrated and compressed coal seam gas from the Surat Basin and Bowen Basin to a proposed LNG processing site located at Laird Point on Curtis Island, Gladstone, Australia.  The work will be carried out at Wasco’s primary coating plant in Kuantan, Malaysia, and is expected to commence in the fourth quarter of 2011, with a completion target of 2012.
  The APLNG Project is a joint venture between Origin Energy Limited and ConocoPhillips.
  The second contract, with a value of US$2 million, was awarded by Samsung Engineering Co. Limited for the Sabah Oil and Gas Terminal (SOGT) project that is being built in the Sabah region in Malaysia. The contacts call for the coating of 12-km of 28-inch and 10-km of 36-inch pipe with asphalt enamel and a concrete weight coating system. Work will be undertaken at Wasco’s primary coating plant in Kuantan, Malaysia and is expected to commence in the fourth quarter of 2010.
  Sacrificial aluminum anodes associated with this project will be supplied by Wasco Energy’s subsidiary, Wasco Corrosion Services Sdn Bhd.
  Once completed, the SOGT will receive, store and export crude oil as well as receive, process, compress and transport the gas produced from fields off Sabah. The facility will have the capacity to handle up to 300,000 bopd and 1.0 Bscf/d of gas. The crude oil and condensate received and stored at the terminal will be loaded into vessels for export through single point moorings located about 10-km off Kimanis, Malaysia.

Peabody Energy has named Gerry Brophy chief project officer – Australia and Keith Downham vice president of Resource Development – Indonesia.

Swire Oilfield Services has appointed David Rae as sales director. His role at Swire will see him plan and implement sales and marketing activities as well as contributing to the executive management of the company.

Veriforce recently moved its offices from 1776 Woodstead Ct., Suite 119, The Woodlands, TX to 19221 I-45 South, Suite 200, Shenandoah, TX, 77386. Veriforce President  Louie Werderich said, “The move accommodates recent growth and enables Veriforce to provide the best of services to its clients.”

The Van Leeuwen Pipe and Tube Group has acquired Teuling Staal B.V., a supplier of duplex and super duplex stainless steel pipes, fittings, flanges and special products for both the oil and gas and offshore industry.

Insituform Technologies, Inc.’s subsidiary, The Bayou Companies, LLC, has been awarded contracts totaling approximately $5 million to provide the corrosion coating for the export lines delivering natural gas from the Walker Ridge Gathering System in the Gulf of Mexico, and the Big Foot pipeline that connects production facilities to existing subsea pipeline infrastructure. Upon completion, the Walker Ridge Gathering System will include approximately 190 miles of 8-inch and 10-inch diameter pipelines. The pipelines will be located at depths of 5,900 to 7,000 feet in the Gulf of Mexico. 
  The Big Foot Pipeline is a 40-mile, 20-inch diameter pipeline. Bayou expects to begin these projects in the fourth quarter 2011.

Peter Russell-Smith has joined GL Noble Denton’s management team as executive vice president for Business Development, General Manager. He will play a lead role in developing the company’s product and service offerings.

Drew Matalamaki has joined Clariant Oil Services as the Flow Solutions Group Leader for the North American Oil & Mining Business Unit at its headquarters in Houston.

This fall, Lincoln Electric will make its way back to Hollywood and the big screen, teaming up with Picture Car Warehouse to serve as the exclusive welding supplier for the car-heist motion picture, Drive, produced by OddLot Entertainment. Starring Ryan Gosling, the indie film features adrenaline-pumping, vehicle-destructing car chases.
  The upcoming appearance in Drive isn’t the first time Lincoln Electric equipment has made it into a major motion picture. The company’s products also have enjoyed screen time in Ironman, Ironman 2 and, most recently, The Green Hornet.  For its latest Hollywood adventure, Lincoln Electric outfitted the Picture Car Warehouse fabrication crew’s garage with the latest welding and fabricating tools, including Precision TIG® and POWER MIG® welders, along with VIKING™ auto-darkening welding helmets and Red Line™ welding apparel. Movie goers and car enthusiasts can see the premiere of the high-speed car chase thriller on Sept. 16.

S&S Directional Drilling LLC
recently added a Vermeer D750x900 to their growing fleet, which will enable this HDD contractor to pull much larger pipe and much longer distances.   “Since our inception, we have seen a dramatic growth in business and we must continue to grow as a company to meet our client’s expectations.  This new machine will allow us to do so and will take S&S to a level few HDD contractors achieve,” said S&S President, Jeff Smith.
 
Obituary
Doug Chick, one of the original investors and founders of Insituform® Technologies, Inc. passed away on May 5, 2011. Chick held senior leadership positions and served on the Board of Directors at Insituform from 1990 until 1997.
He is survived by his wife, Avril and son, Mark.