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Oklahoma business briefs: Feb. 21, 2013

Oklahoma business briefs: Feb. 21, 2013
Published: February 20, 2014
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Devon sponsoring cleanup effort

Devon Energy Corp. is sponsoring this year’s Great American Cleanup, an effort expected to draw about 60,000 people in Oklahoma. Devon’s sponsorship helps Keep Oklahoma Beautiful offer free supplies and support materials to registered groups involved in cleanup projects around the state. “At Devon, we have a strong commitment to our environment and to our neighbors,” said Wendi Schuur, Devon’s director of community relations. Last year’s cleanup collected more than 5 million pounds of litter. Another 370,000 pounds of materials were recycled. For information, visit keepoklahomabeautiful.com or call 286-9141.

Baker Hughes opens tech center

Baker Hughes Inc. on Thursday opened its Artificial Lift Research and Technology Center. The $60 million facility was built to satisfy growing research, development and more extensive testing requirements for the artificial lift industry. “Baker Hughes has operated in Oklahoma since the earliest days of our industry. We’ve stayed here because of the rich and vibrant investment climate maintained by the state,” CEO Martin Craighead said. “Oklahoma has always been supportive of the critical oil and gas research, development, and manufacturing work that is required for the industry.” The new center complements the four existing Baker Hughes facilities in Claremore. Baker Hughes has more than 15 other facilities in Oklahoma, including Oklahoma City, Broken Arrow, Clinton, Sand Springs and Yukon.

Partners commit to pipeline

Williams Partners LP has received binding commitments for all of the transportation capacity on its proposed Transco pipeline system expansion, the partnership announced Thursday. The $2.1 billion Atlantic Sunrise expansion project would add 1.7 million dekatherms of capacity to the nation’s largest-volume interstate natural gas pipeline system. The project still must be approved by Williams Partners’ board. “We expect to invest some $5 billion over the 2013 to 2017 time frame in Transco expansions that represent vital connections between diverse, surging supplies of domestic natural gas and growing demand centers on the Eastern Seaboard from New York City to the far Southeast,” CEO Alan Armstrong said. “We see this significant investment as an early read on Transco’s continuing growth opportunities. We look forward to working with shippers to develop this vital energy infrastructure.”

Laredo names new senior VP

Laredo Petroleum Inc. has promoted Dan C. Schooley to senior vice president of midstream and marketing, the company announced Thursday. Schooley, who has more than 30 years of energy industry experience, has been with the company since it was formed in 2007. He will be responsible for the activities of subsidiary Laredo Midstream Services LLC. “We are excited to have Dan leading our efforts at LMS,” CEO Randy A. Foutch said. “It is a testament to the strength of the organization that we have someone of Dan’s caliber to manage a part of the business that is so vital to the future of the Company. His midstream and marketing expertise has proven to be invaluable as we continue to expand on our multi-zone development plan and continue to create value in our Permian-Garden City asset.”

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