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Horizon Marine Welcomes Three New Hires Horizon Marine, provider of operationaloceanographicand environmen- tal services to the offshore energy industry, recently added Physical Oceanographers Michael Christensen,Jimmie Pelton and Jill Nelson to the Marion office. Patrice Coholan, President of Horizon Marine, said ?With the increase in deep water drillingactivity and rigmovements around the world, the demand for our routing and tracking service, Route Watch, has never been greater. With our expan- sion into Brazil and increasing line of services, the time is right to be hiring and strengthening the company for the benefit of our clients.?Christensen, M.S., a recent gradu- ate of the University of New Hampshire?s Graduate School, has joined Horizon Marine as Eddy Watch Analyst. Nelson, M.S., holds a B.S in Professional Meteorology from Mississippi State University and recently completed her graduate studies in Marine Science at North Carolina State University. Pelton, M.S., has joined Horizon Marine as the Route Watch Operations Manager. CTG SoldChannel Technologies Group President and CEO Kevin Ruelas announced the acquisition ofChannel Technologies Group (CTG) by Blue Wolf Capital, effective December 29, 2011. CTG is com- prised of three divisions: Channel Industries, ITC and Sonatech, and a wholly owned subsidiary company, Electro-Optical Industries (EOI). "With this acquisition, CTG has positioned itself to increase its foothold in our current markets, and to penetrate and expand into adja-cent markets by leveraging our fun- damental expertise in piezoelectric ceramics, transducer design andmanufacturing, and acoustic systemsengineering,? Ruelas said. Largest Offshore Wave Farm Planned for ScotlandAlstom and SSE Renewables signed a joint venture agreement to develop the Costa Head Wave Project, an up to 200 MW wave energy site located north of mainland Orkney, in The Crown Estate?s Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters Strategic Area. Alstom and SSE Renewables will work together to obtain the necessary permits and intend to populate thesite with AWS-III wave energy con- verters, a technology currently under development by AWS Ocean Energy Ltd, in which Alstom acquired a 40% equity share in June 2011. The Costa Head site is located in water depths of 60 ? 75m approximately 5km to the north of Orkney Mainland. SSE Renewables and Alstom propose to carry out detailed site surveys and an environmental impact assessment (EIA),to develop the site with an initial phase ofaround 10MW, before moving on to install the full site capacity. Christensen Pelton Nelson MTR#2 (66-81):MTR Layouts 2/22/2012 10:19 AM Page 80

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