WorldOil Companies in the news Danos has been awarded a contract by Shell Exploration and Production Company to provide coatings for Shell’s deepwater Appomattox platform in the Gulf of Mexico. PESA names new V.P. of Government Affairs The Petroleum Equipment and Services Association (PESA) announced today that Tim Tarpley will serve as the group’s V.P. of Government Affairs. Tarpley will be based in Houston and report to Leslie Beyer, PESA President. Companies in the news Akofs Offshore has been awarded a contract for light well intervention services, using its 156-m vessel, Akofs Seafarer, for all Equinor-operated licenses, in the period 2020 to 2025. People in the industry EnerMech has appointed Salvatore Cutino as regional director for Africa, based in Cape Town, South Africa. Scott Pruitt resigns as EPA chief Scott Pruitt has resigned as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency after a deluge of controversial revelations about his spending, travel and a condo rental that prompted Republican lawmakers to distance themselves and question his continued effectiveness. Argentina resurrects oil intervention panic with cabinet switch Javier Iguacel has left the road for the oilfield, and that may mean a complete about-face on Argentine energy policies. Industry needs to demonstrate "license to operate," says new OE2019 chair The energy industry has to continuously demonstrate its excellence in order to maintain a ‘license to operate’, says the newly appointed conference chair of SPE Offshore Europe 2019 Michael Borrell, senior V.P., North Sea and Russia at Total. PESA elects 2018-2019 Board of Directors Petroleum Equipment and Services Association (PESA) elected five new industry leaders to its Board of Directors on April 26, 2018, during the Annual Meeting in Greensboro, Ga. Maersk Drilling appoints new innovation officer Morten Kelstrup has been named Maersk Drilling’s chief commercial and innovation officer to lead the newly-established commercial and innovation function. NOIA elects 18 industry leaders to its board of directors The National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) elected 18 industry leaders to its board of directors on April 12, 2018, during its Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.