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September 09, 2014 08:00 ET

Siluria Technologies Appoints Richard Black Executive Vice President, Midstream

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - September 09, 2014) - Siluria Technologies, a pioneer in the commercial production of fuels and chemicals made from clean and abundant natural gas, announced today the appointment of Richard Black as Executive Vice President, Midstream effective September 8, 2014. Black has been working with Siluria on a consulting basis since July 2013.

Black most recently was the principal of Blackhawk Energy Consultants, providing business development expertise to companies in the upstream and midstream industries. He began his career with ARCO/Vastar Resources in various engineering, operations and supervision roles. He then joined BP America leading its Deepwater Business Development Pipeline organization prior to forming Blackhawk in 2003. Black has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Oklahoma State University.

"We are very pleased to make Rick an official member of our executive team," said Siluria CEO Ed Dineen. "He adds significant experience and expertise to our Midstream Team, which is nicely complemented by Karl Kurz and Jeff Wood."

Siluria is in the process of commercialization of its natural gas to liquid fuels and natural gas to ethylene technologies, both of which have a great fit with Midstream gas processing.

"I am very excited to join this outstanding team," said Black. "I look forward to capturing the great potential that Siluria's technology has in the Midstream industry.

About Siluria:
Siluria Technologies is pioneering the commercial production of fuels and chemicals made from clean, abundant natural gas. Siluria's break-through process technology is believed to be the first commercially viable process to directly convert methane to ethylene, potentially enabling natural gas to replace petroleum as the world-wide basis for transportation fuels and commodity chemicals. Siluria's revolutionary catalyst technologies uniquely combine nanomaterials, biotechnology and chemical engineering, to convert an abundant, ubiquitous, and inexpensive feedstock into high value, drop-in fuels and chemicals using processes that can be seamlessly integrated into existing industry infrastructure.

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