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HP announces launch of IRPC Europe, WGLC Europe, and HP Awards in Vienna

Blume, Adrienne, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Three co-located events allow for ease of networking and attendance in one of Europe’s most renowned cultural and artistic centers.

Engineering Case Histories: Case 96: Career paths—technical and management

Sofronas, T., Consulting Engineer

I have spent most of my career in the mechanical engineering technical area because that is what I do best. I was a manager of advanced engineering for many years, but then realized that it was not my calling.

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Mike Rhodes, Hydrocarbon Processing

The Natural Gas Public Company of Cyprus (DEFA) has named Dr. Symeon Kassianides as the Non-Executive Chairman of DEFA. Dr. Kassianides is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Hyperion Systems Engineering Group.

Business Trends: Human reliability—a disruptive innovation

Snider, B., Small Hammer Inc.

Annual bottom-line losses due to equipment failures total more than $100 MM at major refineries and petrochemical complexes. Corporate executives charge plant personnel with improving the reliability of the facility.

Prevent human-created hazards with improved job safety analysis

Sawyer, M., Jayawardena, P., Apex Safety Consultants

Safety incidents have occurred since the beginning of time. If a “hunter-gatherer” failed to return at the end of a day, the remaining group members took it in stride.

Nebraska farmers could derail Keystone XL pipeline

NELIGH, Nebraska (Reuters) -- When President Donald Trump handed TransCanada Pipeline Co. a permit for its Keystone XL pipeline last month, he said the company could now build the long-delayed and divisive project "with efficiency and with speed."

PetroChina's head of crude oil trading resigns, replaced by deputy

BEIJING (Reuters) -- The head of crude oil trading at Chinese state energy giant PetroChina has resigned after 20 years with the company, a rare departure from a state-owned enterprise known for retaining talent in the midst of rapid expansion.

Indonesia picks plantations firm head as Pertamina CEO

JAKARTA (Reuters) -- Indonesia has chosen Elia Massa Manik, head of the state holding company for the plantations industry, as the new chief executive of state energy firm Pertamina sources said on Wednesday.

Viewpoint: Three ways to protect the future of your workforce

Sathe, S., RiseSmart

With job cuts numbering in the hundreds of thousands, the oil and gas industry has been hard-hit by the massive drop in prices. While no immediate end to the crisis is in sight, there are signs that prices—and hiring—may pick up again later this year.

Wood Group appoints new senior leadership in downstream

HOUSTON – Wood Group has appointed two senior managers to lead Downstream operations in the western region. Troy Norvell assumes leadership of The Infinity Group, which was acquired by Wood Group in December 2015. Bo Stanley will lead Wood Group’s chemical, petrochemical, refinery and industrial activities.