A Third of CONOCO Employees Removed from Saudi Arabia

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A Third of Conoco Employees Removed from Saudi Arabia Almost a third of Conoco Inc.'s employees in Saudi Arabia have been removed in light of tensions in the Middle East with neighboring Iraq-occupied Kuwait. Of a total 166 Conoco employees in Saudi Arabia, about 50 non-essential workers have been removed, said W.D. "Dave" Rossiter, manager of energy policy and analysis and planning and analysis for Conoco.

"Any new travel to that area requires our CEO's (chief executive officer Constantine S. Nicandros) approval," Rossiter said.

Conoco, based in Houston with a refinery in Ponca City, does not have any operations in Iraq or Kuwait. Most of Conoco's operations in the Persian Gulf, Rossiter said, are in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Rossiter was in Oklahoma City on Wednesday briefing Conoco employees about the Middle East crisis that erupted Aug. 2 and the rippling market effects on the oil and gas business. Conoco is subsidiary of DuPont Co.

Kern River Awards Purchase Orders TULSA - Kern River Gas Transmission Co. has awarded purchase orders for compressor units and valves to be used in its natural gas pipeline from Wyoming to California.

"These orders will give us the rest of the major equipment we need to begin construction and put the pipeline into operation," noted Cuba Wadlington Jr., Kern River executive vice president. "We ordered the pipe several months ago."

Solar Turbines Inc. of San Diego, Calif., a division of Caterpillar Inc., has agreed to supply Kern River four 12,600-horsepower turbine compressor units, which will be delivered next summer. Two of the compressors will be installed at facilities to be built at Muddy Creek, Wyo., one at Fillmore, Utah, and one at Goodsprings, Nev.

In addition, Kern River has placed an order for 66 (36-inch diameter) weld-in ball valves with Cameron Oil Tool, a division of Cooper Industries of Houston. …