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Friday, November 22, 2019

Chemical Engineering News

(L-R) Reginald Jones and Curtis McWilliams. Photo: Ardmore Shipping

Ardmore Shipping Appoints Curtis McWilliams as Chairman

The US-based chemical tanker company  Ardmore Shipping Corporation announced that Reginald L. Jones is stepping down as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Company effective December 31, 2018. Curtis McWilliams has been appointed as Chairman of the Board effective January 1, 2019, said a stock exchange announcement from the company.Jones will remain as a director until the Company's annual general meeting in 2019, when he does not intend to stand for re-election. He is a co-founder and Managing Partner of Greenbriar Equity Group LLC…

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Siemens Deepens Ties to China's 'Belt and Road' Push

Siemens has signed more than 10 cooperation agreements with Chinese companies as it seeks to benefit from deepening involvement with China's "Belt and Road" infrastructure initiative, the German engineering group said on Wednesday.Siemens said the cooperation covers power generation, energy management, building technology and intelligent manufacturing and includes companies such as China National Chemical Engineering Group Corp, China Railway Construction Corp(International) Ltd and China Civil Engineering Construction Corp.The cooperation pact aims to target projects in countries and regions

Debra DiCianna (Photo: Choice Ballast Solutions)

DiCianna Joins Choice Ballast Solutions

Choice Ballast Solutions (Choice), a provider of ballast water treatment planning, installation and compliance, has hired Debra DiCianna as Senior Compliance Engineer. DiCianna’s career in the maritime industry spans over 25 years with extensive experience in the compliance and operational issues of shipowners and the design/performance of ballast water management systems. In her role at Choice, DiCianna will be responsible for assisting clients, both shipowners and ballast water treatment manufacturers, in all matters concerning BWMS planning, installation and compliance.

Sean Debnath (Photo: Viega)

Viega Names Debnath VP, Sales and Marketing

Viega LLC has hired Sean Debnath as its new vice president of sales and marketing, responsible for overseeing and managing Viega’s sales, marketing, inside sales, customer services and customer relations departments. Debnath has more than 20 years of industry experience. He started his career as a hands-on scientist and gradually transitioned himself to the commercial side of the business. Prior to joining Viega, he has held vice president and director level positions in sales and marketing at Kaydon Corporation, Rexnord and Thermo Fisher Scientific.

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Milton to Replace Retiring Kelly, President, ExxonMobil

Alan Kelly, president of ExxonMobil Fuels, Lubricants & Specialties Marketing Company, has announced his intention to retire effective Aug. 1, 2016, after more than 34 years of service. It is anticipated that the board of directors of Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) will appoint Bryan Milton as president of ExxonMobil Fuels, Lubricants & Specialties Marketing Company and elect him as a vice president of the corporation. Milton is currently president, ExxonMobil Global Services Company.

Dr. Phaneendra Kondapi (Photo: Texas A&M University)

Kondapi Named Subsea Director at Texas A&M

Dr. Phaneendra Kondapi has joined the College of Engineering at Texas A&M University as the director for subsea engineering. Kondapi brings to the position more than 20 years of experience in the industry with FMC Technologies and KBR, where he focused on engineering and consulting projects worldwide. As the KBR Adjunct Professor of Subsea Engineering at the University of Houston, he helped develop the first subsea engineering program in the United States. “We are very pleased to have Dr. Kondapi join Texas A&M’s subsea engineering program as director,” said Dr.

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NOIA Elects McEvoy, Chairman Welch Vice Chair

The National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) Board of Directors has elected Kevin McEvoy as Chairman and Dave Welch as Vice Chairman for the upcoming 2016-2017 term. McEvoy and Welch assumed their positions at the NOIA Annual Meeting today in Washington, D.C. Since 2011, McEvoy has served as Chief Executive Officer of Oceaneering International, Inc., global provider of engineered services and products, primarily to the offshore oil and gas industry, with a focus on deepwater applications.

OTC Names 2016 Award Winners

The 2016 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) will honor this year’s Distinguished Achievement Award recipients on Tuesday, 3 May, in Houston. As part of the OTC Distinguished Achievement Awards Luncheon, the conference will recognize Robert (Don) Vardeman of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation for individual achievement, the Marine Technology Society Dynamic Positioning Committee for institutional achievement, and both George Hirasaki and Yuri Makogon with its Heritage Award. Founded in 1969, OTC brings together industry leaders and professionals from more than 120 countries.

Garyville Refinery (Photo: Marathon Petroleum)

Marathon Petroleum Senior VP to Retire

Marathon Petroleum Corp. (MPC) announced the retirement of Richard D. Bedell, senior vice president of Refining, effective March 1. Raymond L. Brooks, currently general manager of MPC's Galveston Bay refinery in Texas City, Texas, will replace Bedell. Bedell joined Marathon in 1979 and held numerous positions of increasing responsibility in the company, including serving as general manager of MPC's refineries in Garyville, La., Robinson, Ill., and Texas City. Brooks began his career with MPC in 1983…

Celio Wakamatsu (Photo: Ardmore Shipping Corporation)

Ardmore Shipping Opens Office in Singapore

Ardmore Shipping Corporation announced it has opened a new commercial office in Singapore as the company eyes expansion for its Asian and Middle Eastern operations. The firm also added Celio Wakamatsu as Chartering Manager and Retno Muninggar as Voyage Manager. Wakamatsu joins Ardmore from Petrobras’ Singapore office, where he has been working for two years, following his work with the company in Houston and Brazil. He brings with him 13 years of chartering experience across all tanker sizes and cargo types and holds a degree in Civil Engineering…

LNG Ltd Appoints Chief Development & CTO

Liquefied Natural Gas Limited has announced the appointment of Anthony Gelotti as Chief Development Officer based in Houston, Texas, USA. John Baguley, Chief Operating Officer for Magnolia LNG will assume the additional responsibilities of LNGL Chief Technical Officer. Dr Nimalan Gnanendran has been promoted to the position of LNGL Technology Manager. The above appointments are effective December 1, 2015. Gelotti’s responsibilities will include assisting in the close‐out of the full production capacity of Magnolia LNG…

Bhutani Joins Solomon Associates as E&P Analyst

Experienced E&P data analyst brings expertise in upstream benchmarking methodologies to Solomon Associates. Solomon Associates (Solomon) has announced  that Anish Bhutani has joined the company as a full-time E&P Analyst based in Solomon’s Calgary office. Bhutani will support various upstream operations benchmarking studies and custom consulting projects. Bhutani has a background in reservoir, process, and environment engineering, along with 3 years’ experience teaching engineering design communications.

Emad Alrifai (Photo: Dan Bunkering)

Dan-Bunkering Adds Bunker Trader

Dan-Bunkering (Middle East) DMCC has announced that Emad Alrifai has been employed as Bunker Trader as per April 1, 2015. Alrifai who has a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering brings along both thorough technical knowledge as well as international sales experience from living and working in the Middle East, Far East, Western Europe, and the US. With the latest employment of Emad Alrifai, the Dubai office of the worldwide bunker trading company now comprises 16 employees.

Dr. Sathya Motupally (Photo: Doosan Fuel Cell)

Motupally Named COO of Doosan Fuel Cell

Doosan Fuel Cell has appointed Dr. Sathya Motupally as its chief operating officer (COO), the company’s president and CEO Jeff Hyungrak Chung announced. Dr. Motupally, a 13-year industry veteran who previously served as Doosan’s vice president of research, will be the company’s first COO. “We embrace the opportunity to promote individuals within our company,” said Chung. “The COO position was created to help us to achieve our strategic company vision. The growth of Doosan’s leadership team coincides with the company’s expansion in the global fuel cell market…

RSC Bio Solutions Adds VP of Operations

Asuama Yeboah-Amankwah has been appointed as RSC Bio Solutions’ new vice president of operations. Yeboah-Amankwah will be responsible for leading operational activities including logistics, warehousing, blending partnerships, purchasing and order management. Prior to joining RSC Bio Solutions, Yeboah-Amankwah spent five years at Owens Corning, where he served as an operations support engineer and productivity manager, and nearly five years at Goodyear Tire and Rubber, where he served as a retail channel manager and European sales forecasting manager.

Adams and Reese partner Paxton, who also serves as President of the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA)

Paxton Joins Adams and Reese

Adams and Reese Adds Four to Bolster Federal Governmental Relations Practice. Adams and Reese is proud to announce the addition of Partner Matt Paxton and Governmental Affairs Advisors Joe Carnevale, Ian Bennitt and Ashley Godwin, who join our firm in our Washington DC Office from the law firm of Ball Janik LLP. “We are very excited about adding Matt, Joe, Ian and Ashley, to our Firm and our Federal Governmental Relations practice,” said B. Jeffrey Brooks, Adams and Reese Executive Committee Chairman and DC Office Partner in Charge.

Steve Benz, president and CEO, MSRC

Interview: Oil Spill Repsonse Insights from MSRC's Benze: Steven T. Benz, President and CEO, Marine Spill Response Corporation (MSRC)

As President and CEO of MSRC, Steve Benz presides over the largest oil spill response company in the United States (and worldwide). In that position since January 1996, he has during that tenure, overseen several critical phases in the Company’s evolution. These include a major restructuring in the late 1990s to make it more competitive; growth throughout the 2000-2009 period, including acquisition of several companies; leadership in overseeing MSRC’s role in responding to the 2010 BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico…

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MHIEC's Waste-to-Energy Plant for Yamagata

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Environmental & Chemical Engineering Co., Ltd. (MHIEC), a group company of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), has received an order from the Yamagata Area Environmental Office Association, a body encompassing two cities and two towns in Yamagata Prefecture, for the construction and operation of municipal solid of waste (MSW) incineration facility (Waste-to Energy Plant/WTE Plant). The project award calls for MHIEC to build two fluidized bed type gasification and melting system 1 with capacity of 150 tons per day (tpd) and a waste heat recovery system…

Stephen Pryor

President Pryor Retires from ExxonMobil Chemicals

Stephen D. Pryor, president, ExxonMobil Chemical Company and vice president of Exxon Mobil Corporation, has elected to retire on January 1, 2015, after more than 44 years of service. It is anticipated that the board of directors of Exxon Mobil Corporation will appoint Neil A. Chapman as president of ExxonMobil Chemical Company and elect him a vice president of the corporation, effective Jan. 1, 2015. Chapman is currently senior vice president, Polymers, ExxonMobil Chemical Company.

Laura Langh-Lagerlöf and Hans Langh (Photo: Langh Ship)

Langh Ship Elects New Managing Director

Oy Langh Ship Ab will receive a new managing director at the turn of the year, when the current managing director, Hans Langh, takes over as Chairman of the Board for the shipping company. Laura Langh-Lagerlöf has been elected as the company’s new managing director, effective January 1, 2015. The shipping company’s current Chairman of the Board, Tom Niemi (MSc Tech, chemical engineering), thanks Hans Langh for his more than 30 years of leadership with the company: “Hans has successfully steered the company through many storms.

Photo: Odfjell

New Director on Odfjell Board

Odfjell SE held a general meeting November 12, 2014 at which the nomination committee elected Annette Malm Justad as its new director of the board. Annette Malm Justad is a Norwegian citizen born in 1958. She has a master's degree in chemical engineering from the Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTH) and a master in technology management from MIT Sloan School of Management. She has a broad experience in logistics, marketing and purchasing within manufacturing and industrial shipping in Europe…

Maersk Drilling has appointed Moira Ming Ying Li as Unit Director

Maersk Drilling Names First Female Director

Maersk Drilling has appointed Moira Ming Ying Li as unit director for the Maersk Deliverer rig working for Chevron offshore Angola. She will assume her new role August 15, 2014. Moira is the first female unit director in Maersk Drilling. “We are very pleased to appoint Moira Ming Ying Li as unit director on the Maersk Deliverer. Moira has proven herself time and time again through various positions in Maersk Drilling, latest as Assistant Rig Manager for Drillship 4, and I am confident that she will strive in her new role with the rest of the team on Maersk Deliverer…

Katy Gifford and Paddy Collins

Aubin Group Appoints Gifford CFO

Chemical technology specialist Aubin Group has appointed Katy Gifford as Chief Financial Officer. Katy brings over 25 years senior management and international experience in the oil and gas industry to Aubin Group. A Chartered Accountant, her previous roles at director and senior management level include positions at S4 Advisory, a specialist business consultancy working with many leading oil and gas organizations, Wood Group, Talisman Energy and Stolt Offshore, a predecessor of Subsea 7.

Peak of Petroleum Engineers?

Petroleum engineers are among the best paid professionals in the United States. Only chief executives and some specialist doctors earned more last year, according to federal government pay data. Petroleum engineers were paid an average of $132,000 a year, with the top 10 percent on more than $187,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). These figures include everyone from the newest graduates to the most experienced engineers with decades of experience, and are based on median earnings in May 2013.

Diane M. Kappas (left) and Jane Valenta

PPG Appoints Two Vice Presidents

PPG Industries announced that Diane M. Kappas has been appointed vice president, Americas, for the protective and marine coatings (PMC) business, effective Dec. 1. The company also announced that Jane Valenta has been appointed to Kappas’ previous role of vice president, environment, health and safety (EHS), effective Dec. Kappas will assume full responsibility for PPG’s PMC business in the United States, Canada and Latin America, and she will report to Tim Knavish, global vice president, PMC.

Greg White

White Chosen as New Face of Engineering

Sandia engineer Greg White has been chosen as one of the 2014 New Faces of Engineering, a recognition program that highlights the work of engineers ages 30 and younger. The award is sponsored by the National Engineers Week Foundation, now the DiscoverE Foundation, a coalition of engineering societies, major corporations and government agencies. “I very much appreciate the national recognition and hope that the stories of the New Faces of Engineering — which really puts a face to who engineers are — is motivation to young people that you don’t have to be a musician or athlete to be successful…