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John E. Lawson Named

By National Supply

National Supply Company, a major manufacturer of oilfield machinery and equipment, has promoted John E. Lawson to

North Sea area manager-engi- neering for well control equip- ment.

In the position, he heads a spe- cialized subsea engineering group that he established in the U.K. in 1978. Mr. Lawson previously held the title of manager-techni- cal services. The change reflects increased size and responsibilities of the engineering group, partic- ularly in primary design and en- gineering of subsea wellheads and production systems.

The group also provides tech- nical guidance to National Sup- ply factories in Stockport, Eng- land, and Maydown, Northern

Ireland, on manufacturing of well control equipment. The well con- trol engineering group is located at 11/12 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5LU.

Mr. Lawson has over 13 years' experience with National Supply well control engineering, special- izing in subsea drilling and pro- duction systems. He holds a bach- elor's degree in mechanical engi- neering from the University of


The company offers a complete line of well control products for land and subsea applications cov- ering drilling, testing, capping, reentry and production from fixed or floating platforms.

National Supply pioneered the technology in the North Sea for production from converted drill- ing platforms that enabled early production from the Ekofisk and

Argyll fields.

In addition to well control en- gineering and manufacturing ac- tivities in the U.K., National

Supply also operates a wellhead center in Aberdeen, Scotland, for assembly, service and repair of wellhead equipment.

Kenneth F. Murchison

Retires From Texaco

Texaco, Inc. has announced that Kenneth F. Murchison, gen- eral manager of the company's

International Marine Sales De- partment, has retired, effective

September 1, after a long and successful career in the commer- cial marine industry.

Kenneth F. Murchison

Born in Glen Cove, N.Y., on

April 19, 1922, he was graduated from the New York State Mari- time College in 1942. Subsequent- ly, Mr. Murchison served in vari- ous capacities as an officer at sea.

He holds a chief engineer's license and was commissioned in the U.S.

Naval Reserve. Mr. Murchison was at one time the youngest chief engineer in the American

Merchant Marine. He also held various executive positions in the steamship industry from 1946 to 1949, when he became president of the Circle Shipping Company

Inc., an affiliate of the Paragon

Oil Company, which operated the tanker fleet for Paragon.

After Texaco's acquisition of

Paragon in 1959, Mr. Murchison was appointed assistant sales manager in the Marine Sales and

Bunkering Services Division in

Texaco's United States organi- zation. He was named manager of the division in 1960.

Mr. Murchison was appointed director of the International Ma- rine Sales Department in 1967.

He was named to his present po- sition in 1971.

He plans to divide his time and will reside both at his home in

Long Island, N.Y., and in Pom- pano Beach, Fla.

Mr. Murchison is a member of numerous maritime organiza- tions, including The Society of

Naval Architects and Marine En- gineers, and the Society of Ma- rine Port Engineers.


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