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Canacintra Houston, new Director of Public Relations

Estebini Guillermina Fernández Lozada, a Business Administration graduate from the Universidad de las Americas Puebla, and who is currently undertaking a Master of Arts in Global Governance at the same university, has joined the Canacintra Houston delegation as director of Public Relations.

Her great and charismatic personality have paved the road for a bright future in the public relations field. This young lady defines herself as an easy, humble, and respectful person. She feels very fortunate and blessed to have a group of friends she can count on and be very proud. In addition, she acknowledges her parents have always been helpful and understandings, and learned from them the golden rule, “One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself.”

Our best wishes in this new endeavor, and welcome to Canacintra Houston!

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Felco Energy Solution, a world leader in safety training for the Oil & Gas Industry, has informed us about its upcoming conference: “The Oil & Gas Industry in Mexico. Doing Business Successfully.”

Felco Energy Solution is an international company providing consultancy, technical assistance and safety training to the oil and gas industry. We are one of the leading companies offering HSE certifications to onshore and offshore drilling facilities and those who work on them. Felco originated in Mexico and has been operational in the market for over 15 years with a presence over 20 countries.

conferenciaThis conference led by Felco Energy Solution, will help prepare US companies to take advantage of the growing business opportunities in Mexico’s oil and gas industry. The conference will highlight what foreign companies will need to know as they develop their business successfully with the local oil companies. The conference attendance will be between one hundred and one hundred and fifty people. The speakers are special guests from Mexico with more than 30 years experience in the local oil industry. The event will be promoted through various channels, such as social media, newspaper, TV stations, networking, and relevant associations. This will be a great opportunity to be part of our first international conference where US companies and companies from Mexico will be together for networking and experience sharing. As a sponsor you will also benefit greatly from the exposure that this event will have both in the US and Mexico.

Registration information:

Individuals: $80.00 USD                                                                                                                

Early bird registration (until October 9th): $75.00 USD

Corporate Package; 5 tickets $375.00 USD                                                                                             

Students: $65.00 USD

Include: Conference entrance, breakfast, morning snack, and networking.

Attendee registration at: www.felco-inc.com/oil-and-gas-conference

 

Sponsor opportunities are available!

Sponsor registration online at:

http://www.felco-inc.com/sponsors-conference/index.html

Gold $5,000.00 USD

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10 Admission to the event

Company logo listed on the invitation

Company logo on all printed material

Mentioned as sponsor at the welcoming

Silver $2,500.00 USD

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5 Admission to the event

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Bronze $1,500.00 USD

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Limited spaces available!

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Looks like the unexpected first overall pick is finally paying off!

It started on June 4th of 2012. A young man from Houston, Texas had the major league scouts at a awe, and the Houston Astros were on the clock. With the first pick in the 2012 MLB draft the Houston Astros shocked the world by selecting Carlos Correa. The young man from Ponce, Puerto Rico, was not expected to be selected with the first overall pick or even with a top 10 selection in the opionon of may baseball writers, most thought it would be the Houston native Mark Appel, who ended up dropping to the Pittsburg Pirates.

Fast forward three years, and four days, to June 8th of 2015. The coveted Mark Appel did not select to sign with Pittsburgh, and was now a part of the farm system of his hometown Houston Astros, but that wasn’t the news buzzing around the city. The city of Houston was going to get their first glimpse of the 2012, 1st overall pick, Carlos Correa. For the early part of 2015, Correa had been doing an amazing job playing for both Fresno and Corpus Christi (the Houston Astro’s MiLB affiliates), but now it was time to step up to bat in the big leagues. After going 0-1 in his first at bat versus the Chicago White Sox, Correa would get his first hit in a reviewed play, and from that moment on, Houston knew they had something special.

Carlos Correa has been a great asset to the Astros organization so far, racking up 37 hits, 7 home runs, 19 RBI’s, and 5 stolen bases in his first 32 games. With MLB at the All-Star break, one can only think of how many future All-Star Games Correa will be a part of in the future. This young man, along with the rest of the Astros’ young core of talented players has given the city hope and something to celebrate about at Minute Maid Park, after a near decade long rebuild and struggle. The Astros are currently only half a game out of first place in their division, and with another half of baseball left to play, you can expect this team to make a run at the division title and the playoffs.

It is such a great feeling to see the city rejoice and get behind the team that has called Houston home longer than any other of its sports team in the city. After being a bottom dweller the last handful of years, things are only looking up for this franchise, and their new franchise player. I urge Houstonians to take part in going to an Astros game this season, and in seasons to come. The team deserves the support, and so do the players that go out every game and represent the City of Houston. Get out to the games early, go get some autographs, and maybe you’ll be lucky enough to get a ball signed by someone who is sure to be a future star in this league, Carlos Correa.

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The rosters for the 2015 AllStar Game were officially announced on Sunday night, and we couldn’t be more proud of Dallas Keuchel and Jose Altuve which will represent the Houston Astros in All-Star week festivities, and it will take part in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Tuesday, July 14.

11667336_10155723483570431_7535709053634450273_nAltuve has been elected to start an All-Star Game for the very first time, although this is his third All-Star selection (also in 2012, 2014). On September 16, 2014, the Astros second baseman hit a single up the middle to break Craig Biggio‘s record of 210 hits. The same year, he became the first Astros player to win a batting title.

 

 

11659351_10155727233420431_5885114168636684802_nTucked in there among the top 10 pitchers, is a 27-year-old lefty who has emerged as MLB’s unlikeliest ace, and whose beard is his trademark. Of course, we are referring to Dallas Keuchel. This season, the starting pitcher’s numbers are as impressive as they were unexpected. This guy, who was the latest victor of the Gold Glove, currently leads the American League in wins (11), innings pitched (130.1) and ranks second in ERA (2.14).

 

 

We hope you will support these fellow Houstonians by watching the All Stars Game on Fox Channel.

– Milagros Almeida (writer-contributor)

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This morning (06-30-2015), Houston Major Annise Parker was pleased to announce that the Federal Aviation Administration granted a launch site license to make Ellington Airport, one of the ten selected sites nationwide to build a commercial Spaceport.

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According to Mayor Parker, a licensed Spaceport in Houston will not only serve as an economic generator for the city but also enhance Houston’s well-deserved reputation as a leader and key player in the aerospace industry.

Currently, Houston has a booming economy with a strong aerospace industrial base, a well-educated workforce with experience in the high-tech demands of space exploration and plenty of room for growth at a strategically located airport facility. So once again, this is an excellent opportunity to take advantage of what this fascinating city has to offer.

– Milagros Almeida (writer-contributor)

 

“When oil prices are low, Houston’s economy grows.When oil prices are high, Houston’s economy booms.”

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Houston named America’s No. 1

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  1. It’s got the jobs. Houston is the No. 1 city for job creation in the U.S., by a lot.

 

  1. Houston is home to more Fortune 500 company headquarters than anywhere in America except for New York.
  2. It hosts the world’s largest concentration of healthcare organizations, with scientists working hard to beat cancer.

 

  1. It’s one of the centers of America’s lucrative oil and gas industry.

 

  1. Massive international trade gives another big jobs boost to the rapidly growing city.

 

  1. Houston is called Space City for a reason. It’s home of the NASA Astronaut Corps.

 

  1. Houston recently passed New York to become the most ethnically and racially diverse city in the U.S.

 

  1. Houston’s got more parks than any other top-10 metropolitan area.

 

  1. The combination of the University of Houston and Rice University means there are a bunch of smart people around.

 

  1. Houston has one of the largest rodeos in the world.

 

 

 

 

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Rosneft and BP today (06-19-2015) signed several agreements strengthening the long term strategic relationship between the two companies, at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

Rosneft and BP signed final binding agreements for Rosneft’s sale to BP of a 20 per cent share of Taas-Yuryakh Neftegazodobycha (Taas), creating a new joint venture in East Siberia. The document was signed by Rosneft Management Board Chairman Igor Sechin and President of BP Russia David Campbell.

The venture will further develop the Srednebotuobinskoye oil and gas condensate field which is one of the largest fields in eastern Siberia, currently producing about 20,000 barrels a day. The Taas venture will also undertake the development of suitable infrastructure for further exploration and development of the region’s reserves. Related to this, Rosneft and BP will also jointly undertake the exploration of an associated Area of Mutual Interest (AMI) in the region, covering approximately 115,000 square kilometres.

Commenting on the signing, Igor Sechin said: “Eastern Siberia is a priority area for Rosneft. Taas-Yuryakh Neftegazodobycha is carrying out a set of actions with the aim to further expand local infrastructure and boost production capacities. I’m glad that our cooperation with BP is developing in such a promising area.”

David Campbell said: “I am pleased we have been able to conclude this transaction. It further deepens our relationship with Rosneft and underlines BP’s position and strategy as a successful long term investor in Russia. BP will continue to seek attractive investment opportunities to develop Russia’s substantial resources, whilst continuing to comply with international sanctions.”

Rosneft and BP have also agreed jointly to explore two additional Areas of Mutual Interest (AMIs) in the West Siberian and Yenisey-Khatanga basins covering a combined area of about 260,000 square kilometers. This agreement commits BP and Rosneft jointly to conduct studies and, if successful, establish new joint ventures to obtain licences and perform exploration activities. Any joint ventures will be owned 51 per cent by Rosneft and 49 per cent by BP. As part of this agreement Rosneft and BP will also form a joint venture to carry out further appraisal work on the 2009 Rosneft-discovered Baikalovskiy field inside the Yenisey-Khatanga AMI. Exploration activities in the two AMIs will include screening studies, acquisition of seismic data, and drilling of exploration wells as new licences are added.

Within the framework of the Forum, Igor Sechin and David Campbell also signed a heads of terms to pursue a reorganization of the German Ruhr Oel GmbH (ROG) refining joint venture. The document envisages restructuring the JV by dividing between the parties shares in four refineries and associated infrastructure.

As a result of the planned deal Rosneft will double its shareholding in the Bayernoil refinery – to 25% from 12.5%; the MiRO refinery – to 24% from 12%; and the PCK Raffinerie – to 37.5% from 18.75%.

BP in exchange will consolidate 100% of the equity of the Gelsenkirchen refinery and the solvent production facility DHC Solvent Chemie. The closing of the deal is subject to the fulfillment of conditions precedent, which include inter alia regulatory approvals.

The restructuring of Ruhr Oel GmbH will enable Rosneft and BP to re-focus their refining and petrochemicals strategies in Germany.

Commenting on the signing Igor Sechin said: “This agreement demonstrates Rosneft’s shift to a fundamentally new level of operations in Western Europe and confirms the Company’s commitment to the creation of the most efficient marketing structure, aimed at the creation of additional value for our shareholders. We are thankful to BP, our strategic partner, for the lessons learned during our joint work within ROG and their support for our new beginnings.”

David Campbell said “Our sole ownership of the Gelsenkirchen refinery will re-focus our refining business in the heart of Europe and is in line with our drive for greater simplification and efficiency.”

Notes from BP

In November 2014, Taas-Yuryakh Neftegazodobycha produced its one millionth ton of oil after the Srednebotuobinskoye oil and gas condensate field was commissioned in October 2013, owing this result to efficient geological and technical measures, and the construction of wells and infrastructure, including oil and gas containment and treatment units and a delivery/acceptance station.

Also the company constructed a 169 km-long pipeline to the Eastern Siberia-Pacific Ocean oil pipeline system. Today there are as many as 51 producing wells, which deliver about 2.4 thousand tons of crude every day.

Taas-Yuryakh Neftegazodobycha, a Rosneft subsidiary, operates the Srednebotuobinskoye oil and gas condensate field, which is located in the Sakha Republic, Yakutia. The field’s reserves under Taas-Yuryakh Neftegazodobycha’s С1+С2 licensed areas total 133 mln tons of liquid hydrocarbons and 137 bcm of  gas.

In May 2011, Rosneft acquired a 50% share in a joint venture Ruhr Oel GmbH (ROG) in Germany. ROG holds stakes in four refineries in Germany (Gelsenkirchen – 100%, Bayernoil – 25%; MiRO – 24%; PCK– 37.5%). Moreover the joint venture holds stakes in five pipelines and marine crude oil terminals in the North, Baltic, Mediterranean and Adriatic Seas. Rosneft`s partner in the JV on a parity basis is BP Europa SE. ROG is a  German market leader in terms of refining volumes – 21.2 mln tonnes in 2013.

In 2014, overall Rosneft crude oil supplies to Germany amounted to 20.3 million tonnes, which is almost a quarter of all oil imported to Germany. In addition to the 265,000 b/d Gelsenkirchen refinery, BP will still own and operate the 95,000 b/d Lingen refinery which was not a part of the ROG venture and will maintain a separate 10 per cent share in the 217,000 b/d Bayernoil refinery.

(This press release was jointly issued by Rosneft and BP)

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ANA Celebrates Inaugural Houston-Tokyo Flight

ANA CEO, Houston Airport System Director of Aviation, local officials and passengers gathered for send-off

June 12, 2015 (Houston, Texas) -Following a ribbon cutting and sake ceremony, the inaugural flight of ANA’s newest route bound for Tokyo Narita Airport, departed Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport this morning – underscoring the global importance of the city of Houston.

IMG_1020“We aim to provide our customers with greater choice and flexibility for destinations and travel schedules,” said Osamu Shinobe, President and CEO of ANA. “As a key market for the U.S. oil and gas industry, expanding service to Houston— the tenth North American destination for ANA— emphasizes our desire to make travel more convenient. Additionally, this new route will allow us to improve access between Asia and Latin America.”

A member of the Star Alliance and joint venture partner with United Airlines, ANA expanded its nonstop service to Houston, providing passengers with additional daily flights between Houston and Tokyo. Star Alliance members can now choose a morning or afternoon departure in each direction, providing greater flexibility for travelers, especially those taking advantage of ANA’s expanded service to other Asian and American destinations beyond Houston or Tokyo.

“The economic and cultural ties that exist between Houston and Japan continue to strengthen and the arrival of All Nippon Airways is a testament to that growth,” said Houston Mayor Annise Parker. “The City of Houston is thrilled to welcome Japan’s leading airline and we look forward to enjoying an even greater level of connectivity in Asia, thanks to ANA’s extensive global route network.”

“The demand for nonstop air service between Houston and Asia is currently at unprecedented levels,” added Houston Aviation Director Mario C. Diaz. “All Nippon Airways recognizes the strong growth opportunities that exist in the Houston market and they’re anxious to capitalize on them. We welcome their arrival and look forward to a long and mutually beneficial partnership.”

The Boeing 777-300ER used for today’s flight was welcomed to the gate with an official water turret salute. The 250-seat passenger plane includes eight first class and 52 business class seats to accommodate travelers.

Today’s ceremony began with a Taiko Japanese drum performance by local group, Kaminari Taiko. Diaz and Shinobe each addressed the attendees, and they were joined by additional remarks from Jim Compton, United Airlines Vice Chairman and Chief Revenue Officer, and the Honorable Nozomu Takaoka, Consul-General of Japan in Houston and Bob Pertierra, SVP and Chief Economic Development Officer, Greater Houston Partnership. Also in attendance from the office of the Governor of Texas was Oliver Yang, there to present Shinobe with a proclamation. In a gift exchange honoring Texas and Japanese culture, Diaz presented Shinobe with a Stetson cowboy hat and Shinobe reciprocated with an ANA B777 model plane.

For more information on the Houston to Tokyo Narita flight, please visit ANA’s website.

 

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biotechLonza to Expand Viral Therapy Business with Planned Construction of New Facility in Houston, TX
  • Lonza plans to construct a new state-of-the-art 100,000 square foot facility (9,300 square meters) in the Houston, TX (USA) area to meet the increasing demand for viral therapy products
  • The new facility is expected to develop and manufacture both viral gene therapies and virally modified cell therapies
  • The GMP facility design will further showcase Lonza’s use of single-use disposable platforms in modular clean-rooms and will include a fully segregated fill/finish suite

 

Basel, Switzerland, 16 June 2015 – Lonza, a global leader in the field of viral and cell therapy manufacturing, announced today the planned expansion of its industry-leading viral gene therapy business. Lonza plans to construct a new 100,000 square foot facility for viral and immunotherapy development and manufacturing in the Houston, TX (USA) area, complete with a fully segregated fill/finish suite. This new facility will more than double Lonza’s capacity for the production of viral gene and virally modified therapeutics.

The state-of-the-art multi-purpose facility is expected to come on-line in the first half of 2017 and will include eight independent cGMP modular cleanrooms for 2,000 L-scale production in single-use bioreactors. Grade-B cleanrooms will also be constructed to continue the manufacture of EMA-regulated cell therapy products. The site master plan includes expanded process development and quality-control areas, shell space for future additional cleanrooms, and land for further potential expansions.

“The clinical landscape for targeted gene therapies continues to grow at a steady rate with new advancements in cancer immunotherapies and cardiovascular disease,” said Andreas Weiler, Ph.D, Head of Emerging Technologies for Lonza’s Pharma&Biotech segment. “This investment will allow Lonza to be well positioned to meet the demands of this growing market and to remain at the forefront of the viral gene therapy industry. Our viral team has more than 20 years of experience in viral vector gene therapy that, when combined with our newly constructed leading edge facility, will provide a key advantage to our customers and ultimately to their patients.

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Brazil’s economy has hit a rough patch: It officially entered a recession in August 2014, after two consecutive quarters of falling outputs. While many analyst were predicting growth of 3 percent in 2015 a year ago, those estimates have been scaled back.

                Yet the country’s unemployment rate has decrease to near record lows, from more than 13 percent in 2003 to around 5 percent in 2014. To set themselves apart, “project managers in Brazil should continuously invest in training, gain experience and develop their soft skills,” says Joao Gama Neto, PMI-ACP, PMP professor if project management, INPG Business School Sao Paulo, Brazil.

                Despite the current slowdown, the Brazilian government sees smoother sailing ahead, with the economy bolstered by slowing inflation and credit expansion, plus a recovery in mining and oil output. IT, financial services expansion, telecommunications, construction and the government are among the largest users of project management, Mr. Gama says

                “I believe that 2015 will be better than 2014, and we will have an increase in job opportunities in the second half,” he says.

Source PM Network Jan 2015

Dirck Hornung, PMP  (www.oil-n-gas-network.com)

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