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Rolls-Royce acquires R Brooks Associates

Rolls-Royce has acquired R Brooks Associates. Brooks is a market leader in secondary steam generator inspections in the US and has a well established presence in France.

AREVA to help complete Bellefonte 1 refurb

AREVA will serve as a key member of the team of contract partners helping the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) complete the partially finished Bellefonte 1 nuclear power plant in northern Alabama.

Westlake Chemical celebrates 25 years

Houston based Westlake Chemical Corp is recognizing its 25th year of business with celebrations at all of its locations beginning September 13. The Chao Group, led by founder Mr. T.T. Chao, and his sons James Chao and Albert Chao, Westlake's current Chairman and President & CEO respectively, entered the U.

Elsenhans: Sunoco’s MVP

Lynn Elsenhans is the first woman to lead a major oil company as CEO of Sunoco. This Forbes magazine Most Powerful Woman earns approximately USD 4.88 million per year. A Rice University graduate with a BA in Applied Science, Elsenhans also attended Harvard Business School for her MBA.

New energy minister for Mexico

Mexico's President Felipe Calderón is replacing energy minister José Antonio Meade with Jordy Herrera, the current director of PGPB, the gas and basic petrochemicals subsidiary of Pemex.

KBR funds subsea engineering program

KBR subsea subsidiary Granherne has committed to funding $50,000 to the University of Houston to assist in the launching of the nation’s first program in subsea engineering. The program will designate four adjunct faculty members as KBR lecturers in subsea engineering for the 2011-2012 academic year to help teach students about the expectations and demands they will face in the coming years.

Cameron signs subsea contract with Petrobras

Petrobras has renewed its CAMSERV aftermarket services contract with Cameron in support of developments offshore Brazil. This agreement is a continuation to the contract previously signed in 2007. The agreement will be managed from Cameron’s service center in Macae and the facility will support Petrobras operations with inspection, maintenance, repair and remanufacturing, storage and offshore installation services.

Power plant upgrade set for Texas

The Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) has awarded Fluor Corp an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for its new 540MW combined cycle Ferguson Replacement Project near Marble Falls, Texas.

Hydraulic proportional valves debuted

Parker Hannifin debuted its new range of ATEX approved directly operated hydraulic proportional valves designed for use in Zone 1 areas at Offshore Europe in September. Featuring explosion proof solenoids, the D1FB*EE is available with the option of spool/sleeve design for precision or spool/body design for high nominal flow characteristics and has extremely low levels of hysteresis.

API: jobs would come with U.S. energy production

The American Petroleum Institute has released a report indicating that proposals to expand offshore oil drilling, boost production of natural gas in New York and other states and build a Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline could boost the U.