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Texaco Press Release - James P. Wilbourn Assigned To Work With Offshore Technology Research Center


WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Nov. 17 - James "Phil" Wilbourn, has been assigned to work with the Texas A & M University's Offshore Technology Research Center, effective Jan. 1, 1998, it was announced today by Dr. Ronald J. Robinson, President of Texaco's Technology Division.

In his new assignment, Wilbourn will work with Texas A & M to build research activities, expedite technology for the energy industry and interface with DeepStar efforts. Wilbourn will remain in this assignment for approximately three years.

Commenting on Wilbourn's appointment, Robinson said: "With Phil's extensive experience in the offshore environment, he will utilize his contacts, knowledge and management skills to augment the advances and speed the delivery of technology being developed at Texas A & M. His assignment is another example of how we, at Texaco, are working through a very different and improved process to develop and deliver technology to our industry."

The Offshore Technology Research Center was established in 1988 as a joint venture between Texas A & M University, the University of Texas, the National Science Foundation, and the offshore industry. The mission of the Center is to improve the economics of deep water oil and natural gas production so that these resources can be provided to the marketplace.

"My goals are to utilize thirty years of offshore industry experience and the recent DeepStar lessons learned to address the full scope of offshore technology needs from educating today's students to defining the deepwater development tools of the future. The possibilities are endless if we can get everyone with an interest pointed in the same direction with common goals and a sense of urgency," Wilbourn said.

Wilbourn was graduated with a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Tennessee Technological University in 1966.

Wilbourn joined Texaco in 1967 as a civil engineer in New Orleans, La. Following successive appointments in New Orleans and Houston, Wilbourn was assigned to Wageningen, Holland, in 1974 as Project Manager responsible for the engineering design and model testing of the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port (LOOP).

The following year, Wilbourn returned to the U.S. where he became Assistant District Civil Engineer in Morgan City, La. In 1976, he was transferred back to Central Offshore Engineering in New Orleans where he assumed positions of increasing responsibility before being named Assistant Manager of COE in 1978. He was appointed Manager of Central Offshore Engineering in 1986, and assigned to his present position in January 1996.

Updated: November 1997