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A roundup of the news regarding the water experts that help push our industry forward for August 1-28.

In memoriam

Colin Tyrie, the founder of the Produced Water Society (PWS), died in Clear Lake City, Texas, on August 10, following a long illness. He was 84.

Born in Birmingham, England, Tyrie began his water treatment career on when a boiler inspectorate he was working with had a project that involved the use of reuse water for boiler makeup. He quickly learned as much as he could about water treatment and filtration and became the company’s designated expert’.

Tyrie later put his water treatment skills to use, servicing oilfield treatment systems in the North Sea and Middle East. In 1975, he relocated to the US with L’eau Clair Filtration. A few years later, he joined the former Hydromation, and was involved in the company’s work testing different filter media materials before selecting black walnut shells as the best performer for oil removal. In 1982, Tyrie started Clean H2O Systems, a produced water consulting firm, and worked on a wide range of oilfield water treatment technologies from Alberta, Canada, to the Qurayyah project in Saudi Arabia.

Recognizing the absence of an organization for oilfield water treatment professionals, in 1990 Tyrie founded PWS. The society’s annual seminars grew to a peak of nearly 200 participants. He retired in 2015, following the 25th anniversary of PWS’ first seminar. The society now provides university scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing academic research on produced water subjects through the Colin Tyrie Scholarship, in honor of his long career advocating for the value of proper water treatment.

Tyrie’s wife June passed away in October 2018, and a son and daughter survive him.

Career transitions

Norway’s Stauper Offshore has welcomed Steinar Asdahl as its new product and technical manager. He comes to the offshore treatment technology provider from Schlumberger, where he had served as an R&D senior process engineer for nearly 14 years. Asdahl has experience working with oilfield services firm Aker Kvaerner Offshore Partner and chemical company Borealis. He holds a master’s degree in chemical engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

Jeremy Littlejohn has become a regional account manager at EnerCorp Sand Solutions. He was previously the US business development manager at XRI Holdings. Prior to joining that company in 2016, Littlejohn had worked with Tetra Technologies, Rockwater Energy Solutions and Tervita.

After more than five years with De Nora Water Technologies, Barron Sawyer has left to become a project liaison at oilfield engineering & construction services firm Accumulated Interests. While at De Nora, Sawyer held several positions and most recently served as the company’s North America industrial sales manager. He joined De Nora when the company acquired Severn Trent’s water purification business. Prior to working at Severn Trent, Sawyer was a contract manager at Austin Industrial and a law clerk associate for Santa Barbara County in California. He holds a bachelor’s degree from UCLA and a juris doctor degree from the University of Oregon.

Brandon Vann has become the general manager for Oklahoma’s Nject Disposal following a 12-year career at Bosque Systems where he most recently served as an operations and sales specialist. While at Bosque, Vann worked as a business manager in both the Eagle Ford play and New Mexico Permian Basin, and held several other positions based in Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma. He holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Oklahoma Price College of Business and an MBA from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University.

Job openings

US water intelligence platform B3 Insight is seeking an oilfield water solutions sales manager/senior account executive in Houston, Texas to help grow the company’s client base and strengthen relationships with existing customers. Ideal candidates should have sales experience, preferably within the oil & gas industry. For more information, click here.

Water treatment services provider CarboNet has a Midland Basin opening for a commercial manager. Those interested should have experience in sales or account management, be technically proficient in water treatment technologies and be willing to travel within the US and to Canada. To find out more about the position, click here.
Exterran is looking to fill several water-related positions at offices in Calgary, Canada:

• Applications engineer – balance of plant

• Applications engineer – oil

• Supply chain manager For more information on the positions and how to apply, click here.

Rockwater Energy Solutions has an opening for a chemical sales account manager for the Permian Basin. The company is seeking someone with 5-10 years of selling into supply chain management and a strong chemical/technical background. For more information, click here.

Biochemicals manufacturer Solugen has several openings in Houston, Texas:

• Director of analytical chemistry

• Project manager

• Operations lead

• Senior fermentation engineer

• Fermentation associate scientist/technician

• Process technician For more information on the positions and how to apply, click here.

Veolia Water Technologies is searching for someone to fill its position for an oilfield service specialist near Big Wells, Texas. The position involves the installation, commissioning, maintenance, and repair of a variety of oilfield water and downhole treatment equipment. To apply, click here.

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