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Zahroof SignS auStralia DiStributor Zahroof Valves Inc. (ZVI) has signed Australia's Drivetrain Power and Pro- pulsion, a subsidiary of Engenco Ltd., as the sole distributor of ZVI's prod- ucts in Australia and New Zealand. "We have had enquiries from com- panies such as Origin Energy Ltd. in Australia; however, we didn't have a presence in Australia and New Zea- land to follow up on these requests for quotations until now," said Zah- roof Mohamed, President and Found- er of ZVI. "Drivetrain Power will be offering all of our valve, unloader, and actuator products in Australia and New Zealand. The engineering – the optimization of valves for a particular application, troubleshooting, and con- sultation – will be handled by ZVI en- gineers in Houston. Drivetrain Power will handle all other aspects, including getting the correct information, inter- facing with the customers, customer relationships, and follow-up." In addition to expanding ZVI's in- ternational presences, this partnership supports Drivetrain Power's expan- sion into the gas compression market. In September 2015, Drivetrain Power was appointed by GE Oil & Gas as an Australian distributor of reciprocating compression parts and services. The distributorship encom- passes the Cooper Bessemer, Ajax, Superior, and Gemini engine and com- pressor brands. ariel openS training Center in MoSCow Ariel is partnering with the Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas (National Research University), Russia's premier institution specializ- ing in the hydrocarbon energy sector, to provide training in Moscow. The Moscow Ariel Training Center, located within the Gubkin University's laboratories, features video-equipped classroom space, a 3-ton (2.72 tonne) overhead crane, requisite tooling, an Ariel JGJ 2-throw compressor desig- nated for demonstrations and hands- on practicum, as well as an accom- panying drive-shaft module used for driver-compressor alignment training. Common areas frequented by institute students, staff, and guests feature prom- inent Ariel branding, site photography, and a 4-throw compressor model. Ariel's Russian-language classes are taught by Moscow-based engineering personnel and cover the curriculum of the Ariel Basic School, Technical School, and Mechanics School. This training center supports distributor and end-user personnel, along with Gubkin Institute engineering students, the company said. This Ariel training center and its staff also allows for the development of additional courses and specializations in the future. Gubkin University is one of the leading industry-oriented universi- ties in Russia. The university has close ties with Russian petroleum and en- ergy companies such as JSC Gazprom, Gazprom Neft, JSC NC Rosneft, JSC Lukoil, RITEC, and JSC Transneft. The university also has signed cooperation agreements with international majors such as BP, Shell, ConocoPhillips, To- tal, Schlumberger, Halliburton, Baker Hughes, CNPC, and Petrovietnam. CapStone naMeS new Vp Capstone Turbine Corp. has named Paul Chase as Vice President, Manu- facturing. Chase joined Capstone effective August 31, 2016, and will assume leadership of the company's manufacturing operations, oversee- ing the areas of quality and facili- ties. Previously, he served as Direc- tor of Nuclear Quality Assurance of Ruhrpumpen, Incorporated In- dustrias E.G., S.A. de C.V., which is a producer of centrifugal pumps for industrial applications. williaMS realignS to aDVanCe natural gaS-foCuSeD Strategy Williams has announced organiza- tional changes that will simplify its structure and increase direct opera- tional alignment to advance the com- pany's natural gas-focused strategy. By early 2017 Williams will consolidate the number of operating areas with- in the company from five to three: Atlantic-Gulf, West, and Northeast Gathering & Processing. atlantic-gulf: NGL & Petchem Services opera- tions in the Gulf area, the Geismar olefins plant, the refinery-grade pro- pylene splitter, and pipelines in the Gulf Coast region will be integrated into the Atlantic-Gulf Operating Area. Atlantic-Gulf will continue to include the Transco interstate gas pipeline. Atlantic-Gulf also includes significant natural gas gathering and processing, crude oil production and handling, and transportation in the Gulf Coast region. Atlantic-Gulf will continue to be led by Rory Miller, who has led the area since 2013. west: All gathering systems, operations, and commercial activities in the Barnett, Eagle Ford, and Haynesville shales, the Mid-Continent region and Permian Basin will be integrated into the West Operating Area. The West Operating Area will also comprise the Northwest Pipeline interstate P AU L CH AS E IN THE NEWS Continued on page 29 | oCtober 2016 11

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