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Friday, February 08, 2008

HOUSTON (February 8, 2008) - INTEC Engineering has named Dr. Alastair Walker Associate Technical Director. Dr. Walker will lead the effort to build a new group focusing on providing Advanced Engineering services to INTEC’s clients. He will initially concentrate his efforts in Europe but with a goal to make this service available globally. Additionally, Dr. Walker will help with training, design guideline and tool development as well as participation in joint industry projects. Dr. Walker will be based in the UK office (Woking) although his role in INTEC’s technology arena will be global

“As we venture into deeper water and more hostile environments, design codes do not always offer the guidance needed. As such, there is a need to develop solutions for problems through the use of first principles and advanced numerical methods”, said Chris Tam, Chief Strategy Officer of INTEC Engineering, “Alastair brings immense depth of knowledge in advanced mechanics and a wealth of experience in pipeline engineering to the frontier challenges in our industry”.

Dr. Walker’s career includes over 35 years of experience in academia, advanced engineering and pipeline project management. Dr. Walker co-founded AME and KW Ltd. in the 1980s and 1990s respectively. He has led a number of Joint Industry Projects concerned with developing design methods for subsea pipelines on a wide range of topics, including lateral and upheaval buckling, strain based design and assessment, limit state design and design to accommodate high pressures and temperatures. He has acted in a leading engineering role on a number of projects, including the Jade Pipeline (160ÂșC) and the proposed SAGE pipeline (3500m water depth).

Dr. Walker holds an MSc in Thermodynamics from the University of Birmingham, a PhD from the University of Glasgow and DSc from the University of Strathclyde. Dr. Walker was also Reader in Engineering at University College in London prior to becoming Professor of Mechanical Engineering and then Pro-vice Chancellor before retiring from Surrey University in the UK.

INTEC is a leading engineering and project management company serving the international oil and gas industry with over 500 employees and offices in Houston, London, Delft, Kuala Lumpur, Perth, Rio de Janeiro, Lagos and Mexico City. Its technical disciplines include offshore field development, offshore pipelines, marine production risers, subsea systems, and flow assurance and operability. INTEC is a Heerema Group company.