North American Oil & Gas Pipelines

SEP 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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6 North American Oil & Gas Pipelines | SEPTEMBER 2 018 It's been a wild ride for the oil and gas pipeline industry so far in 2018. A new administration in the United States has fostered a favor- able atmosphere for approving new pipeline projects, as the Federal En- ergy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has been operating at full strength for most of the year. However, new tariffs on trade goods, such as steel and aluminum, have provided some challenges for the industry. Meanwhile, a new administra- tion in Canada and increased third- party opposition has made new pipe- line construction more challenging in the provinces. And yet, there is still strong demand for increasing capacity to serve the country's do- mestic markets, especially in the East. Bickering between Alberta and British Columbia governments led to Canada's federal government buying Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain Pipeline and the massive expansion project planned for the system. With all that said, market ana- lysts are still predicting 2018 to be another record year for pipeliners in North America. The one thing that is clear is that change is afoot. That leads me to the 2018 Pipe- line Leadership Conference. Change is the theme for this year's event, scheduled for Nov. 7-8, at the Hyatt Place Houston/The Woodlands. This annual event brings together pipe- line operations, engineering and construction senior executives who are driving transformation and in- novation in transmission and distri- bution pipeline system design, con- struction and operations. The agenda is coming togeth- er for another strong conference, where the pipeline industry's top leaders will lead robust discussion on the state of the market and so- lutions to overcome the challenges therein through people, process and practice. The two-day conference will feature an Executive Forum on Day 1, with topics geared toward op- erational excellence, safety manage- ment systems, project management and stakeholder communication, and a Workforce Forum on Day 2, with presentations aimed at recruit- ment, training and retaining the next generation of pipeliners. A highlight of the first day will be the Executive Roundtable, which will feature Todd Denton, president of Phillips 66 Pipeline LLC, and Patrick Lamb, president of the Pipe- liners Association of Houston (and senior vice president at Murphy En- ergy Group), among others, discuss- ing "The Changing Environment of Pipeline Construction," with par- ticular focus on the impact to capi- tal spending and workforce needs in 2019-2020. To cap off the second day, confer- ence organizers are assembling a Stu- dent-led Pipeline Innovations Work- shop, where conference attendees will have a chance to interact with college-level students who are pursu- ing careers in the industry. This will give both parties an opportunity to gain crucial information about po- tential job opportunities and accrue valuable insights into the pipeline industry and its future. Flip to p. 32-33 of this issue to learn more details about the Pipe- line Leadership Conference and visit for registration information. I look forward to seeing you in November. The Changing Environment of Pipeline Construction PUBLISHER Bernard P. Krzys EDITORIAL Editor: James W. Rush Managing Editor: Brad Kramer Contributing Staff Editors: Sharon Bueno • Chris Crowell • Andrew Farr Keith Gribbins • Mike Kezdi • Pam Kleineke SALES+MARKETING Marketing Director: Kelly Dadich Advertising Sales Manager: Ryan Sneltzer Advertising Account Manager: Todd Miller Events Sales Manager: Brittany Cline PRODUCTION+FULFILLMENT Production Manager: Chris Slogar Graphic Artists: Sarah Haughawout • Deb McManus • Joan Satow Director of Web/Audience Development: Mark Gorman Audience Development and Sustainability Coordinator: Cayla Poteete REPRINTS Wright's Media Ph: (877) 652-5295 • Fax: (281) 419-5712 EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD Mark Bridgers Principal, Continuum Capital Matt Fleming Director, Business Development, Industrial Products, The Lincoln Electric Co. Butch Graham Senior Auctioneer, Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Eric Kleinhenz Executive Vice President, Managing Director — Pipeline Operations, Mott MacDonald Tara Podnar McMahan Head of Section, Integrity Solutions, DNV-GL Bob Osborn Senior Vice President, Pipeline Division, Michels Corp. Neil Waugh Senior Vice President, NPL Canada Ltd. John Weaver Corporate Business Manager, John Deere Construction & Forestry Division Chris Yoxall Senior Executive Vice President, ROSEN Group Chief Executive Officer: Bernard P. Krzys President: Robert Krzys Controller: Marianne Saykes 10050 Brecksville Rd. Brecksville, OH 44141 USA Change of Address/Subscription Updates (330) 467-7588 PIPELINE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE Nov. 7-8 The Woodlands (Houston) Texas Fourth Annual Brad Kramer | Managing Editor Twitter: @NAOGP1 Editor's Message

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