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Oil and gas industry announcements: 29 January 2015

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Accenture has announced an agreement extension with Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. to continue providing business process outsourcing (BPO) services for Enbridge’s customer care operations. The original agreement, which began in 2007, has now been extended twice, this time for two years through 2019, building on the companies’ successful business relationship in providing customer service to more than 2 million Enbridge customers.


Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) has announced the launch of the 2015 ‘Adventures of Captain Mercaptan, BGE Natural Gas Safety Hero Challenge,’ as a creative and engaging way to educate school aged children on the importance of natural gas safety. Now through March 15, public and private elementary schools across BGE’s service area are inveited to work with their students in kindergarten through fifth grade to submit hand drawn comic book covers featuring BGE’s natural gas hero, Captain Mercaptan, for the change to win up to US$10 000 to fund a school enrichment program.


Chevron Corporation has announced that G. Thulin has been elected to Chevron’s Board of Directors effective January 28. He will serve on the company’s Board Nominating and Governance Committee and Management Compensation Committee.


The US EPA is inviting small businesses, governments, and not for profit organisations to participate as Small Entity Representatives (SERs) for a Small Business Advocacy Review (SBAR) panel. The panel is part of a standard federal government process and will focus on the agency’s development of a rule that proposes to reduce emissions of GHGs, including methane, and volatile organic compounds under its New Source Performance Standards for the oil and natural gas industry. EPA will build on the cost effective standards, issued in 2012, that are currently in place for several sources in the oil and natural gas industry. The agency intends to add equipment and processes to those sources currently covered by the standards. Equipment and processes the agency is considering adding include hydraulically fractured oil wells, pneumatic pumps and leaks from new and modified well sites and compressor stations.


GE and Statoil have announced a new collaboration to accelerate the development of more environmentally and economically sustainable energy solutions to help fuel the future. This joint technology focused program is aimed at driving an industrial response to some of the biggest challenges facing global oil and gas production, including flaring, CO2 and methane emissions, and water usage, while also optimising business operations. The program will focus on developing new approaches to create efficient, low cost technologies for oil and shale gas production while simultaneously reducing emissions. In its initial stage, the collaboration builds on a foundation of concrete projects already initiated that address key sustainability dimensions of the industry.


Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc. has announced that it has developed a technologically advanced in house test and validation facility that is unique for testing its CNG fuel storage modules intended for over the road heavy duty trucks. The test equipment and facility simulates the combined effects of extreme road use to assure the integrity and strength of fuel storage module systems for heavy duty vehicles applications.


Ryder System, Inc. has achieved a significant milestone with its fleet of natural gas vehicles surpassing 30 million miles. The fleet consists of LNG and compressed natural gas tractors serving customers in California, New York, Michigan, Texas, Arizona, Utah, Maryland, Georgia and Louisiana, as well as Canada. Since deploying its natural gas vehicle program in 2011, Ryder has replaced approximately 4.6 million gal. of diesel fuel with lower emission domestically produced natural gas.

Edited from press releases by Claira Lloyd

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