North American Oil & Gas Pipelines

NOV-DEC 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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12 North American Oil & Gas Pipelines | NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2 018 T he 52nd Annual International Pipe Line & Offshore Contractors (IPLOCA) Conven- tion was held Sept. 10-14, taking place for the first time in London. The Park Plaza West- minster London welcomed just more than 530 participants to this year's event. During the Open General Meetings (OGM) on Thursday and Friday, high profile speakers covered a wide variety of topics including lead- ership and challenges faced in pipeline projects, how to approach the smart pipeline, risk assess- ment, trends in energy efficiency and sustainable energy, and lessons learned from mega pipeline projects. The opening speaker shared informa- tion on the advancements and findings of the London Thames Tideway tunnel, the 25-km 'su- per sewer,' that is currently under construction along the Thames River. The Annual General Meeting consisted of the President's Year in Review given by Andrew Ball, of J. Murphy & Sons Ltd, the treasurer's report on the status of IPLOCA's accounts and the incom- ing president's objectives for the year. The results of the 2018-2019 Board of Directors elections were ratified during this meeting. John Tikkanen, advisor to the CEO, of Shaw- cor was elected as IPLOCA's 2018-2019 president. Iosif Panchak of J.S. Welding & Building Co. and Oliviero Corvi of Bonatti S.p.A. were elected 1st and 2nd vice president respectively, and Adam Wynne Hughes of Pipeline Induction Heat was confirmed as treasurer. During the OGMs, three industry awards were presented: the IPLOCA Health & Safety Award sponsored by Chevron, the IPLOCA Envi- ronmental Award sponsored by Shell and the IP- LOCA Excellence in Project Execution Award. For this project, Interstate Engineering performed the engineering, procurement, and construction management services for this 515-mile interstate natural gas pipeline. The Sabal Trail Transmis- sion pipeline is a joint venture of Spectra Ener- gy Partners, NextEra Energy, and Duke Energy providing transportation services for the power generation needs of Florida Power & Light and Duke Energy of Florida. The OGMs also included the presentation of the 2018 IPLOCA Scholarship recipients. In addition to the usual presentations, this year Business to Business (B2B) prescheduled ses- sions of 10-minute, one-on-one, meetings were offered to delegates with the following compa- nies: Fluor, Kalpataru, Ritchie Bros., Saudi Ar- amco, Shell and TransCanada Mexico. The con- vention participants also had the possibility to attend informative poster sessions with: CRC Evans, LaValley Industries, Shawcor, Perma-Pipe and RSK Group. IPLOCA leadership notes that the success of the annual convention would not be possible without the contribution of all delegates, speak- ers and sponsors. IPLOCA's 53rd annual convention will be held Sept. 30 to Oct. 4, 2019, in Bangkok, Thailand. 52nd Annual IPLOCA Convention Convened in London The 2018-2019 IPLOCA Board of Directors. Opposite page, clockwise from left: Steve Sumner, Lincoln Electric, presenting the IPLOCA scholarships. Andrew Ball, immediate past president of IPLOCA, presents Doug Evans and Criss Shipman, of Gulf Interstate Engineering Co., with the Excellence in Project Execution Award for the Sabal Trail Transmission project. Ball with 2018-2019 IPLOCA president John Tikkanen, advisor to the CEO, of Shawcor.

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