Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

U.S. Russia Center to Start Up in Tulsa

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

U.S. Russia Center to Start Up in Tulsa

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TULSA _ A new center to link the oil and gas industries in the United States and Russia is scheduled to open in Tulsa early in 1995, it was announced Friday.

The Russian-American Oil and Gas Technology Center is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development. It will be managed for Department of Energy's Bartlesville project office by BDM-Oklahoma Inc. The University of Tulsa will provide a director and house the center's U.S. base of operations.

The University of Tulsa and BDM-Oklahoma this year began a partnership via a $211 million contract to manage and operate the U.S. Department of Energy's National Oil Program.

The new center will provide American companies with information on the Siberian oil and gas industry, including equipment needs, and also help Russian companies get technical information and know-how from U.S. sources.

"The center will provide information on technology, services, and equipment that are available from U.S. and Russian companies and will serve as a link between oil industries and educational institutions in each nation," said Tom Burchfield, director of BDM-Oklahoma's petroleum program integration.

"The center will achieve these goals by arranging seminars on a variety of oil and gas issues, by facilitating business relationships between U.S. and Russian firms and organizations, and coordinating the activities of other organizations engaged in efforts with similar objectives," said Burchfield.

Officials with The University of Tulsa, the Russian Ministry of Fuels and Energy, and the Tyumen Regional Administration met Thursday in Washington, D.C., to finalize the agreement establishing the center. The opening of the center in January will be announced by Vice President Al Gore and Russian Prime Minister Viktor S. Chernomyrdin during their meetings in Moscow Wednesday and Thursday.

The center is scheduled to open on Jan. 25 in Tyumen and on Feb. 8 in Tulsa.

Mike Volk, currently a research and technology development manager with TU, is the center's acting director. …

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