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Posted on 02 November 2009

Steve Gangelhoff receives IADC Exemplary Service award

Steve Gangelhoff

IADC president Dr Lee Hunt presented the IADC Exemplary Service Award to Steven J Gangelhoff, senior vice president, Northern Offshore Drilling, at the IADC World Drilling 2009 Conference & Exhibition, 17-18 June in Dublin. He cited Mr Gangelhoff’s work spanning four decades on behalf of the drilling industry.

“Steve’s contribution to the advancement of technology and communications in the drilling industry is superlative,” Dr Hunt remarked. “The reason that IADC has been so successful in its multinational initiatives is due to the efforts of people like Steve giving generously of their time and talents.”

A 34-year contract-drilling veteran, Mr Gangelhoff’s career has encompassed both operations management and marketing. Prior to his current position, he served as vice president of sales & contracts for deepwater and vice president of business for GlobalSantaFe Corp until that company’s merger with Transocean Inc.

He previously served as vice president of operations for GlobalSantaFe in Asia and South America. He’s also spent years working around the world in operations management positions. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Science degree in public relations from Boston University.

The following is a decade-by-decade highlight of his activities with IADC:


• IADC Safety and Training Committee.
• IADC Well Control Committee, provided support and liaison between IADC and MMS in development of early MMS rules on well control training.


• Organizing Committee member – IADC/National Ocean Industries Conference.
• Safety & Training and Well Control Committees.
• Chairman and vice chairman, IADC South Louisiana Chapter.


• Chairman and vice chairman, IADC Southeast Asia Chapter.
• Co-chairman, IADC Asia Pacific Well Control Conference (Jakarta).
• Organizing Committee member, IADC/SPE Asia Pacific Technology Conferences (Kuala Lumpur & Jakarta).


• Organizing Committee member, IADC World Drilling.
• Currently member of IADC Executive Committee and member of the Finance, Compensation and Well Control Accreditation Subcommittees.

IADC North Sea Chapter donates to two charities

he North Sea Chapter of the IADC has made two £2,500 donations, one each to Cancer Link Aberdeen North (CLAN) and the Oil Chaplaincy Trust. The funds were raised at the chapter’s Safety Awards Dinner in May through contributions made by members and their guests.

CLAN is an independent cancer charity based in Aberdeen. IADC’s donation was made in support of that group’s 1-2-3 Campaign – 1 charity has 2 years to raise £3 million. Since kick-off in March 2008, the group has received donations and pledges of £1.6 million. The goal is to build a new facility that will allow CLAN  to continue its work with anyone touched by cancer. They provide a wide range of support, information and complementary therapy services. The group’s Haven facility also provides accommodations for anyone traveling to Aberdeen for treatment or visiting a loved one in a hospital.

IADC North Sea Chapter chairman Steve Rae said, “We are pleased to be able to make this donation to CLAN to help support their excellent work with so many whose lives have been affected by cancer. We wish CLAN continuing success with their 1-2-3 Campaign for their new facility here in Aberdeen.”

As in past years, a donation was also made to the Oil Chaplaincy Trust. “We are very pleased to be able to continue to support the Oil Chaplaincy Trust in their excellent work with families of those who have worked in our industry and find themselves experiencing difficult times,” Mr Rae commented.

The Trust’s Rev. Andrew Jolly said, “Once more we are indebted to the IADC North Sea Chapter for their generosity. The Oil Chaplaincy Trust provides financial support to individuals and their families who have worked in the UK oil and gas sector and who, through illness or injury, find themselves with pressing financial problems. Through contributions from organisations such as the IADC North Sea Chapter, we can continue to provide this support to those in need.”

3 IADC workgroup meetings planned in Amsterdam

Several workgroup meetings to discuss IADC and EU initiatives have been scheduled prior to or following the 2009 IADC Drilling HSE Europe Conference & Exhibition, scheduled for 23-24 September in Amsterdam.

The Environmental Policy Advisory Panel (EPAP) working group and executive group will meet from 9-11:30 a.m. on 22 September at the NH Barbizon Hotel.

Following the EPAP meeting, the IADC European Operations Forum (EOF) will meet from noon to 4 p.m. at the same location. Regulatory authority representatives will be present. Then on 25 September, the IADC HSE Case Users Group will meet at the Movenpick Hotel from 9 a.m. to noon.

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