North American Oil & Gas Pipelines

JUL-AUG 2018

North American Oil & Gas Pipelines covers the news shaping the business of oil and gas pipeline construction and maintenance in North America, including pipeline installation methods, integrity management innovations and managerial strategies.

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8 North American Oil & Gas Pipelines | JULY/AUGUST 2 018 North America News Powelson Stepping Down at FERC Milliken Infrastructure Solutions, WrapMaster Enter Strategic Alliance Robert F. Powelson announced June 28 that he will be leaving his po- sition as commissioner at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in mid-August. Powelson was nominated to FERC by President Donald J. Trump in May 2017 and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Aug. 4, 2017. He previously served on the Pennsylvania Public Util- ity Commission (PUC). His departure could spell uncertainty at FERC, as it will leave the commission with two Re- publicans and two Democrats. "I express my gratitude to President Trump for nominating me and to the members of the United States Senate who confirmed me," Powelson said in a statement. "I thank my colleagues for their steadfast commitment to FERC's mission, members of the public who help inform our decisions, and the staff at FERC for their dedication and support throughout my time at the commission, especially the members of my office." He added that it was "the honor of a lifetime" to serve on the commission. After leaving FERC, Powelson will be- come the president and CEO of the Na- tional Association of Water Companies. In addition to his role at the Penn- sylvania PUC, Powelson is past presi- dent of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), where he also was a member of the board of directors. He served as chairman of the NARUC Committee on Water and represented the Water Committee on NARUC's Task Force on Climate Policy. Powelson worked very closely with NARUC leadership on ag- gressive pipeline safety standards with the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Mate- rials Safety Administration (PHMSA). Prior to joining the Pennsylvania PUC, Powelson served as president of the Chester County Chamber of Busi- ness & Industry. In 2005, he was se- lected by the Eisenhower Presidential Fellows to be a U.S. fellow in Singapore and Australia. A native of Pennsylvania, Powelson is a graduate of St. Joseph's University and received a Master of Governmental Administration degree from the Uni- versity of Pennsylvania. Milliken Infrastructure Solutions LLC (MIS) has an- nounced a strategic alliance with WrapMaster to offer customers a broader set of composite repair solutions. WrapMaster, a Texas-based fiber reinforced polymer manufacturing company, specializes in rigid coil sys- tems for the oil and gas industry. "Our partnership with WrapMaster emphasizes our commitment to integrity and bringing best-in-class solu- tions to our customers," said Jim Souza, director of tech- nology at MIS. "Together, we now have the industry's widest composite repair product offering, with the only rigid coil system to be third-party tested and approved up to 80 percent wall loss." The Pipe Wrap family of products, which include A+ Wrap, Atlas, FormaShield and SplashGard, combined with the capabilities of WrapMaster's products, will offer a broader set of solutions to its customer base. WrapMaster manufactures PermaWrap and Weld- Wrap, the only composite pipeline repair sleeves de- signed to be detected by magnetic flux leakage (MFL) "smart pig" tools. PermaWrap composite reinforcement sleeve is a patented, pre-manufactured rigid coil system available in widths up to 18 in. with "diamond grip" em- bossment technology. This technology provides a me- chanical locking system that allows the individual layers of the wrap to nest within each other, minimizing the risk of telescoping and providing an overall easier instal- lation process. PermaWrap no longer requires the composite to sole- ly rely on the adhesive and risk disbondment, an unre- solved issue among other rigid coil systems. WeldWrap is the only single unit rigid composite pipe repair system designed to reinforce defects in or near the girth weld, which can reduce repair time by nearly 60 percent and save on material costs. "It makes sense to align with MIS and its similar val- ues of superior customer service and continuous inno- vation," said Glenn Davis, president and CEO of Wrap- master. "Our constant dedication to provide a worldwide customer base with trusted products that last will con- tinue with this partnership." WrapMaster has served the oil and gas industry for more than 20 years, attracting a worldwide customer base with innovative products at a reasonable price.

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