North American Oil & Gas Pipelines

JUN 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 | JUNE 2 018 T he pipeline construction sea- son is underway, and by all accounts it's a real gusher. Despite some major projects facing roadblocks — *cough* Keystone XL, Trans Mountain *cough* — this year could go down as the biggest year on record for the industry. According to 2018 Pipe Line Con- tractors Association president Rob Riess, this year could exceed 13 mil- lion manhours, based on statistics by the United Association (the pipe welders union). The previous highs were in 1966, 2008 and 2017, which all topped 12 million manhours. Whatever else anyone wants to say about President Donald Trump, it seems his administration has helped spark a new boom for the oil and gas pipeline industry in the United States. While nobody seems to know when or if TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline will be completed, there are a number of projects in the U.S. Northeast to add takeaway capac- ity to the Marcellus and Utica shale plays, as well as in Texas and the Midcontinent to address bottleneck problems in the voluminous Perm- ian Basin and STACK play. In Canada, the regulatory pro- cess appears to have gotten murky, and project delays and cancellations are having a significant impact on the pipeline industry up North. The main culprit seems to be infighting between the provincial governments of pro-pipeline Alberta and anti-pipe- line British Columbia. At the center of all the drama is Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain expansion project. On May 16, the Toronto Star re- ported that the Alberta government passed a bill to restrict the flow of oil and gas to British Columbia in response to the B.C. government's efforts to stall the $7.4 billion (CAD) Trans Mountain project. This is after Kinder Morgan Canada announced on April 8 that it was suspending all non-essential activities and related spending on the project, citing B.C.'s continued opposition. Regardless of the industry chal- lenges and the whole Alberta vs. B.C. hoopla, NPL Canada's Neil Waugh says that "distribution and transmis- sion sectors are active and operating at all-time peak levels." Although regulatory uncertainty continues to hamper the pipeline industry, and third-party opposition remains vocal, the biggest challenge to the industry is people. Attracting and retaining younger employees to carry the pipeline industry forward is a top priority. For the pipeline indus- try to top all previous years, compa- nies need a fresh crop of employees to fill the ranks. Attracting new recruits to form the next generation of pipeliners will require industry veterans to tap into what makes younger people tick. Self-promotion is key. The pay and job benefits of pipeline jobs are cer- tainly attractive, but so is corporate responsibility, community involve- ment and technological savviness. If the pipeline industry is going to con- tinue to boom, it needs shore up its most important asset — people — to avoid a bust. A New Record Year in 2018? 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 Brad Kramer | Managing Editor Twitter: @NAOGP1 Editor's Message

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