BSM Technologies awarded contract with major U.S. oil and gas service fleet

BSM Technologies Inc., a leading provider of remote monitoring, fleet management, fleet diagnostics and automated vehicle security systems,
has been awarded a contract to provide its Sentinel FM asset tracking solution to a major U.S.-based oil and gas service fleet.  For the initial implementation, BSM equipment will be installed on 300 of the approximately 4,000 vehicles the customer operates.

"The oil and gas sector has been a major focus for us and we have several installations in Canada," said Aly Rahemtulla, President and
CEO. "This key win by our direct sales force will allow us to expand this expertise into the U.S. and provides a major opportunity for
growth."

Sentinel FM is a robust asset tracking platform for real-time fleet management. Sentinel's capability to manage a diverse group of assets
while seamlessly moving between satellite and cellular networks was a key priority for the customer, which operates in remote areas and
difficult terrain. Expected benefits for the customer include improved fleet utilization, reduced maintenance costs, improved fuel management, and enhanced reporting capabilities.

"The initial installation covers less than eight percent of the customer's fleet. We believe they will consider additional installations
once we demonstrate the benefits our solution can offer," added Mr. Rahemtulla.

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Alberta’s royalty review is now underway

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Royalty Review an Opportunity to Re-Establish Competitiveness: CAPP

The Alberta royalty review panel should propose new rules by the end of this year to help restore investor confidence, and should consider how to make the province more attractive and competitive for the oil and natural gas investment that generates jobs and government revenues, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers have said. 

"Many Albertans are feeling the severe impact of low oil and natural gas prices that have resulted in one of the most dramatic economic downturns in a generation," said CAPP president and chief executive officer Tim McMillan. "That's why the royalty review should focus on how to re-establish Alberta as a province that is competitive with other jurisdictions. The more competitive we are, the more we can protect and grow jobs, investment and government revenues in Alberta."

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Technology Innovation Is the Focus at the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE)

Ideally timed and located, Society of Petroleum Engineers’ (SPE) Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE),  will be in Houston at the George R. Brown Convention Center. An anticipated 10,000 oil and gas professionals will attend from across the world on September 28-30. The event will highlight more than 400 technical presentations and 300 exhibits which offer the latest technologies, best practices, and future trends of the exploration and production industry.

Highlights include:

  • ATCE 2015 General Chairperson, Gustavo Hernandez Garcia, general director and CEO PEMEX, will share his insights on the oil and gas industry at the Chairman’s Luncheon, Monday September 28.
  • “2040: The Journey and the Destination—Diverse Perspectives,” is the theme of the Opening General Session, Monday September 28 on the global energy outlook for oil and gas in the future featuring distinguished panelists:
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  • Sergio Alcocer, undersecretary for North American Affairs, secretariat of Foreign Relations of Mexico;
  • Bernard Looney, chief operating officer, Production, BP;
  • Jarand Rystad, managing partner, Rystad Energy;
  • Scott W. Tinker,director, Bureau of Economic Geology, director, Advanced Energy Consortium
  • Adif Zulkifli, senior vice president, Corporate Strategy and Risk, PETRONAS.
  • “Value Preservation: Sustainability and Management of Above Ground Risk,” on Monday 28 September offers discussion on how value is added to projects across its lifecycle featuring speakers: Dan Domeracki, Schlumberger; Alex Hohman, Anadarko; Michael Oxman, Acorn International; and RoseAnne Franco, Wood-McKenzie.
  • President’s Luncheon and Annual Meeting of members will be Wednesday September 30, showcasing 2015 SPE President Helge Hove Haldorsen’s state of society, and 2016 SPE President Nathan Meehan begins his term.
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New Options for Freightliner 122SD Enhances Rugged Performance

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Better performance comes from such features as 2nd Reverse, which offers a second “deep reverse” in addition to the standard reverse; automatic shifts, which automatically and smoothly make the right shift at the right time; and greater startablity, which uses less torque to launch and go. Both transmissions are available with Detroit DD13, DD15 and DD16 and Cummins ISX heavy-duty engines.

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These predictions are certainly supported by Jee Ltd, a leading engineering and training firm, which recognizes that traditional tutor-led classroom methods of training can be costly, often difficult to deliver consistently to large, global teams and not always suited to demanding engineering schedules. As a result Jee has invested in developing cost-effective, flexible and accessible technical subsea modules for online delivery.

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Schlumberger Limited and Cameron has jointly announced a definitive merger agreement in which the companies will combine in a stock and cash transaction. The agreement was unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies.

Under the terms of the agreement, Cameron shareholders will receive 0.716 shares of Schlumberger common stock and a cash payment of $14.44 in exchange for each Cameron share.

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Miller Introduces New Welding Safety & Health Guide

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Steelhead LNG and Malahat First Nation Sign Mutual Benefits Agreement and Lease for LNG Project

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