THE IPLOCA NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 2009
San Francisco Retrospective with 6 photo pages
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CONTENTS Letter from the President
News from Geneva
New IPLOCA Board of Directors takes office
Board Meeting Update
IPLOCAâ€™s Newest Honorary Member: Mike Thiele
IPLOCA Health & Safety Award
IPLOCA New Technologies Award
Novel Construction Meeting
In the Headlines
International Pipeline & Offshore
Editor Elizabeth Spalding
Lay-out Peter Schoonenberg
(effective 15 January 2009)
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Letter from the President As I begin my year as IPLOCA’s president I am very pleased to be working with the members of our new Board of Directors. I’m sure many of the faces will be familiar to you, but in case they are not, you will find more information about them on page 6 of this newsletter. We are all looking forward to a busy year. In particular, we plan to continue to expand our Regional Meetings, both to promote participation of our regional clients and to attract potential new members. Another area of emphasis for this year is New Technologies, where we plan to cooperate on some specific research projects with other groups and to continue to seek feedback and further develop our publication “Onshore Pipelines: The Road to Success.” In Training, our committee is developing a questionnaire and working with our sister associations under the umbrella of the World Federation. We will be fostering the active participation of our Academic Members in this area. I will continue to serve as committee Chairman for the HSE initiatives. These include further expansion of our website and revision and updating of our Environmental Guidelines. We also commit to continue to offer a world-class convention, working with our membership and our generous sponsors to ensure that it meets your needs and expectations. Finally, I would like to offer my hearty congratulations to Mike Thiele, elected by unanimous Board vote as IPLOCA’s newest Honorary Member. Mike was presented to the Membership at the San Francisco Convention. By the time this newsletter is in your hands we will just have completed our December Board Meeting and the IPLOCA Secretariat staff will be preparing to move the offices within Geneva. We will not go far; in fact the new location is even closer to the Geneva Airport. You will find more information on the next page. It just remains for me to wish you an excellent 2010. I look forward to working with each and every one of you. Please do not hesitate to contact me at Adam.WynneHughes@ landandmarine.com should you have any questions. Sincerely,
Adam Wynne Hughes
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NEWS FROM GENEVA
One of the more interesting challenges in preparing for the
New Headquarters for IPLOCA
code for the building (and in time to get them listed in the
It’s official: IPLOCA is moving
point. Was the building in Cointrin or Meyrin? What was the
move was finding out the correct new address and postal new IPLOCA Yearbook). Opinions seemed to vary on this correct post code? After various exchanges with the Swiss
During the summer we were informed that the current
Post Office there finally seemed to be agreement.
lease on the IPLOCA office space would not be renewed, since the principal tenants required the space for their own use. We subsequently began a search for new offices located in a convenient spot close to Geneva International Airport. During October, after extensive negotiations, Executive Secretary Juan Arzuaga signed a five-year lease for space in a brand new (currently still being finalised) building that is even closer to the airport than our current facilities. We plan to move the offices early in the New Year. If all goes according to plan, and assuming our doors and dividing walls are in place on schedule, we should be up and running for business by 15 January. Not only is the new Geneva Airpark an easy walk from the airport and next to the new tram line, it is also almost directly opposite the Holiday Inn Express and just steps from the Moevenpick Hotel – a real advantage for those needing accommodation when flying in to attend meetings at IPLOCA (or anyone particularly fond of that famous Swiss ice cream brand). The new building is definitely a landmark. Its huge external yellow metal supports are visible from quite a distance. The front part of the building is office space, and the rear – under the same roof – is an aircraft hangar, should you be fortunate enough to arrive at IPLOCA by private jet. The airport control tower is clearly visible from the new building. Internal work is continuing. Ultimately the space will include a meeting room for up to 14 people.
IPLOCA’s New Address effective 15 January 2010 International Pipeline & Offshore Contractors Association (IPLOCA) Chemin des Papillons 4 1216 Cointrin / Geneva Switzerland Phone: +41 22 306 02 30 Fax: +41 22 306 02 39 Phone and Fax numbers remain the same
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2009-2010 BOARD OF DIRECTORS TAKE OFFICE Following Elections in San Francisco
Front row: Bruno de La RoussiĂ¨re (Immediate Past President); Karl Trauner (1st Vice President); Adam Wynne Hughes (President); Osman Birgili (2nd Vice President); Juan Arzuaga (Executive Secretary); Middle row: Harald Dresp, Marco Jannuzzi, Najib Khoury, H. Douglas Evans, Robert Deason, Sandip Sharma; Back row: Jacquelin de La Porte, Ebbo Laenge, Michael Rae, Vladilen Ermolin, Roberto Castelli, Andy Lukas; Not in photo: Phil Bond, Nasser Issa, Zeno Soave
The officers for the coming year were appointed as follows:
Engineer. He worked for different departments and
President - Adam Wynne Hughes
at different levels within
First Vice President - Karl Trauner
Tekfen. Between 1993
Second Vice President - Osman Birgili
and 1998 he worked as
Treasurer - Phil Bond
Director with executive
Immediate Past President - Bruno de La RoussiĂ¨re
authority at HMB (Hallesche Mitteldeutsche Bau A.G.), a subsidiary of Tekfen Group
Directors-at-Large - Phil Bond (to serve as Treasurer),
in Germany. In 1998 he was appointed Vice President in
Roberto Castelli, Harald Dresp, Doug Evans, Nasser Issa
charge of Business Development at the head office in Istanbul, Turkey. In May 2005 he was nominated as Senior
Each director-at-large is appointed for a period of one year,
Vice President in charge of Sales. Presently he is also the
and must be re-appointed each year, to a maximum of
Deputy Chairman on the Board of Directors of Tekfen
twice two years.
Engineering and Board Member of two Tekfen Group
New Board Members
Companies, HMB (Germany) and Geotek (Georgia). He is fluent in English and can also communicate in German.
Osman Birgili, Senior Vice President, Tekfen, began working
He is married and has two sons. Osman graduated
as a Site Engineer at Molin Construction Company and
from Robert College and METU (Middle East Technical
joined Tekfen six months later in August 1978 as a Project
University), Civil Engineering Faculty (B.Sc. 1978).
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Harald Dresp, Senior
as Project Director (originally for Coflexip since acquired
Vice President for
by Technip), he joined Spiecapag in 2007. Asked about
the evolution of his career, he answered: “I started as
within the STREICHER
Engineering Manager, designing things that were almost
Group, Germany began his
impossible to sell, and progressed to my current position
career in the international
of Business Development Director where I sell things
power plant construction
that are almost impossible to design.” He is married to
business for Deutsche Babcock, Germany. He has
Caroline and has one daughter, Clementine. He plays
almost 20 years’ experience in the oil and gas business
guitar but, he says, only for his own entertainment. His
beginning with his first employment with Mannesmann
favourite holiday location is Corsica.
Anlagenbau, Germany in 1990. He was responsible for the pipeline business of Mannesmann worldwide and
Ebbo Laenge, a German
worked for and together with most of the international
citizen, is a mechanical
engineering and oil & gas companies. In 2000 he joined
engineer who began his
the Netherlands-based company NACAP where he was
professional career as a
first responsible for the Middle East region and later also
water engineer on several
Managing Director of NACAP GmbH in Germany. From
aid projects in Africa. He
2007 until the present time he has been responsible
later became involved
for international business development at the MAX
with Preussag in Germany as a field engineer on pipeline
STREICHER Group, Germany. Harald previously served
projects. In 1987 he was sent to the daughter company
on the IPLOCA Board of Directors in 2005 and 2006.
CONDUTO in Brazil, where he continued working as an
His interests include sports – playing golf with his wife
engineer. In1990 he began working for the company as
Gudrun or friends and colleagues – and taking every
project manager on pipelines and facility projects in all
opportunity to spend time with his family, including three
parts of Brazil. In 1992 he was named Project Manager
for a large project in Ecuador and in 1995 he became General Manager of Conduto Ecuador before moving Vladilen Ermolin was born
on to the same position in Bolivia from 1999 to 2001. In
in January 1965 in the
2001 he returned to Ecuador and then in 2006 to Brazil
USSR and graduated from
as CEO of the Conduto Group, which operates today
the Moscow University of
serving the energy industries from oil to gas and power
Transport Engineers in 1987
generation and transmission in five South American
as an electrical engineer. In
countries. He has three children and is currently living in
1995 he also graduated in
Rio de Janeiro. His hobbies include diving, paragliding
Economics from the Russian Academy of Foreign Trade.
He is experienced in underwater main pipeline construction, strategic development and planning and
Michael Rae has lived in Germany,
general management. Since 1989 he has worked in the
France and the former Soviet
oil and gas pipeline construction industry in Russia and
Union at various points in his life.
abroad (Iraq, Yemen) and since 2002 has headed and
He received his bachelor’s degree
managed PTPS JSC, one of the leading Russian companies
from the George Washington
in underwater pipeline construction. Vladilen is married
University Columbian College in
and has an 11 year old daughter. His interests include
the United States in 1970. Shortly
tennis, golf and skiing.
thereafter he began working with companies supplying industrial Jacquelin de La Porte Jacquelin de
products to the former Soviet Union. In 1981, he
La Porte, Executive Vice President,
became president and founder of Argus Ltd, a company
Spiecapag is in charge of Business
specializing in the supply of equipment and materials
Development. After seven years in
for the construction and rehabilitation of oil and gas
the Thermal Power Plants business,
pipelines in that part of the world, as well as in Algeria,
he discovered (at last) that his life
Greece, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and other countries where
had to involve pipelines. After 10
Russian pipeline construction companies are at work. In
years’ experience in the offshore
addition to IPLOCA, Argus is a member of the Russian Oil
pipeline industry, serving mainly
and Gas Contractors Association, the American Welding
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Society and has been IPO registered since 2006. Argus is a factory authorized distributor for a number of IPLOCA Associate Members. The company maintains offices in Moscow and six other cities in the Russian Federation, as well as in Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, the United States and Great Britain. Michael Rae is a director of several companies and charitable foundations. Sandip Sharma, Director
BOARD MEETINGS San Francisco
The 2008-2009 Board of Directors held its final meeting in San Francisco and then met briefly with the new board following the elections. The 2009-2010 board then held its first meeting.
of Kalpataru Power
With the 2009-2010 elections completed, the Board of
has worked in energy for
Directors determined that the election procedure would
the last 27 years, with 19
be reviewed by the Secretariat in the coming year such
of those years dedicated
that the procedure would be clearer and would better
to the oil & gas sector
engage the participation of all members. It was pointed
including experience in project management and project
out that securing potential Directors can be difficult since
execution. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical
some of the largest companies, while they are active and
Engineering and an MBA in Oil & Gas. Representing
enthusiastic supporters of the association, are unable to
the East/Far East region on the Board, he would like
spare their executives to serve on the board of IPLOCA.
to promote exchange of experience and ideas to
Adam Wynne Hughes reminded the board that the
enhance quality and to encourage pooling of resources
rotation of Presidents by region is important and must be
for effective training. One of his major interests is
communicated via our website.
photography – from wildlife to pipeline projects.
Status of Membership
Zeno Soave was born in
New Members: Stroynovatsya (Member) and Vacuworks
Venice in July 1943. After
(Associate Member) were approved by email vote since the
receiving a degree in
previous board meeting.
Civil Engineering, from
Resignations: Trench-Tech International, Inc. USA;
the University of Bologna
Ukrnaftogazbud, Ukraine; Yuzhtruboprovodstroy JSC,
in 1969, he started work
Russia; Zangas JSC, Russia
for his family’s company Zenone Soave & Figli, founded in 1859. He established
Socotherm in 1973 as a subsidiary of Zenone Soave &
Figli and expanded the coating application activity from
the civil industry to the oil & gas industry and held the
3 (see page 20)
position of Chairman and CEO. During the 1980s he began an international development programme with the
aim of becoming a worldwide global player in the pipe
The hotel contract has been signed and proposals are
coating industry, establishing joint ventures with local
pending from ground agents.
partners on the five continents. Due to its Research & Development activities, the Group has grown to become
a leader, “deep water” anticorrosion and insulation for
The Yearbook Contract through 2015 has been awarded to
sub-sea oil exploration. In December 2002 Zeno Soave
Pedemex following receipt of several proposals.
listed Socotherm on the Italian Stock Exchange and in 2006 listed the Argentinian subsidiary Socotherm
Americas on the Buenos Aires Stock Exchange. As
Executive Secretary Juan Arzuaga informed the board that
Chairman and CEO of both Socotherm S.p.a (Italy) and
he was in the process of securing new offices for IPLOCA,
Socotherm Americas S.A. (Argentina) he represents the
following the loss of the association’s current lease. (More
fourth generation of the Soave family in the business.
information is on page 5 of this newsletter).
Serving on the IPLOCA Board Zeno hopes to bring his
support and significant experience in the oil & gas
industry to all members of the association with particular
President Adam Wynne Hughes noted that the committees
reference to contracting.
are now made up of experts provided from member
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companies in addition to board members. Member
is an important step of Nacap’s continuing expansion in
companies able to provide their expertise to the
the Middle East and emphasises our capabilities as an EPC
committees are asked to contact Juan Arzuaga.
Regional Meetings Adam Wynne Hughes is encouraging more Regional
Tony Fernandez Takes on Global Responsibilities at PLM
Meetings this year. Member companies willing to host
PipeLine Machinery International (PLM) President Mel
a meeting in their region should get in touch with the
Ternan has announced that Anthony J. (Tony) Fernandez
Secretariat as soon as possible.
has taken on the new position of Senior Vice President with PLM. Tony will expand his current Americas role and will take on all global sales and operations responsibility
MEMBER NEWS Fluor Reaches 10 Million Safe Work Hours at Luminant’s Oak Grove Project
for the company. “Tony has done an excellent job working closely with our customers and has led our Americas team through the challenges presented by the extraordinary level of growth since our formation in 2005,” said Ternan. “With Tony taking responsibility for daily operational and sales issues, we will have more opportunity at the
Fluor Corporation has announced that Luminant’s Oak
president level to concentrate on strategic and PLM
Grove Power Plant project in Franklin, Texas, for which the
expansion plans.” Tony Fernandez has been with PLM since
firm is the engineering, procurement and construction
its inception in May 2005. He was previously with Ring
contractor, recently achieved a significant safety milestone
Power Corporation for 17 years in the roles of international
of 10 million safe work hours. “The health and safety of
accounts manager and later, pipeline division manager.
our employees is one of Fluor’s core values. We strive to
Tony participated in the early discussions that resulted
deliver quality and schedule proficiency while accentuating
in a four-dealer partnership to form PLM and provide
focus on health, safety and environmental excellence in all
global focus from Caterpillar to the pipeline industry. He
phases of project execution,” said Dave Dunning, Fluor’s
will continue his valued contributions as a member of the
Power Group president. “For the Oak Grove project, this
executive advisory team.
exceptional safety performance began with initial project construction in July 2006 and has fostered a new standard of HSE expectations.”
Nacap awarded EUR 235 million contract from Saudi Aramco
Technip Awarded Subsea Contract for the Appaloosa Development in the Gulf of Mexico Technip has been awarded a lump sum contract by ENI US Operating for the Appaloosa development project in the Gulf of Mexico. This project consists of the tie-back of the
Nacap-Suedrohrbau, the Saudi-Arabian subsidiary of the
Appaloosa well located in Mississippi Canyon, 145 nautical
Dutch Pipeline Contractor Nacap has signed a EUR 235
miles (268 kilometers) offshore Mobile, Alabama at a water
million contract with Saudi Aramco for the engineering,
depth of approximately 2,825 feet (860 meters), to the
procurement and construction of a multi-product pipeline
Corral platform. The contract covers:
from Ras Tanura Refinery on the east coast of Saudi
-- Project Management and surveys,
Arabia via Dhahran to Riyadh in the central region of the
-- Engineering, fabrication and installation of a 21-mile long
Kingdom. The scope consists of 506 km 30” pipeline, three
-- (34-kilometer) production flowline, a riser and subsea
pump stations, metering systems, substation buildings and maintenance. The pipelines are planned to transport
equipment, -- Installation of free issued umbilical and flying leads,
diesel and kerosene from the refineries in Ras Tanura to
-- Pre-commissioning and dewatering of the flowline.
Riyadh and also to Dhahran and Al-Hasa along the way.
Technip’s operating center in Houston, Texas will execute
The project must be completed by December 2011. Victor
this contract. The flowline and riser will be welded at the
Aquina, CEO of NACAP commented: “The cooperation with
Group’s spoolbase located in Mobile. Offshore installation
Saudi Aramco in this project phase has been excellent.
is scheduled to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2009
We have been able to create mutual understanding and
using the Deep Blue, Technip’s deepwater pipelay vessel.
reach agreement about all aspects of the project. Our
Extensive saturation diving work will be executed using the
organisations are well aligned to make this a success.
Skandi Achiever, one of the Group’s diving support vessels,
Converting our initial unit pricing to a Lump Sum Turn Key
and umbilical installation using the Deep Pioneer, one of
project is an innovative approach and we are proud to be
Technip’s deepwater construction vessel. Technip’s scope of
the preferred partner to Saudi Aramco for this project. This
work is expected to be completed by 15th April 2010.
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SAN FRANCISCO RETROSPECTIVE
Sincere Thanks to our Sponsors, Speakers, and Special Supporters
What a week it was! Judging by the faces in the
excellent, 7.5% as outstanding.
photographs on the folowing pages – and the feedback
Tours: 65% ranked tours as good or excellent, 25% as
received from our questionnaire – the San Francisco event
was a huge success.
Programme: 79% ranked the programme as good or excellent, 12% as outstanding.
Six hundred people converged on the Fairmont Hotel during
Speakers: 81% ranked the speakers as good or excellent,
the week and spent time with friends and colleagues from
11% as outstanding.
all over the world, taking advantage of many opportunities
Novel Construction: We also solicited initial feedback
to tour, network and do business.
from those who attended the Novel Construction session
on the new publication: “Onshore Pipelines - The Road to Success”. Please see pages 18-19 for more information.
This year we sent the questionnaire to more than 300 people and received 80 responses. We greatly appreciate
Every year we find the individual comments received
the time these attendees spent in providing their feedback.
particularly revealing. Obviously we look for patterns. Was
Some key findings follow.
there significant concern expressed over some specific aspect? Something that we need to make sure does – or does not –
Reasons to attend the convention: 74% of respondents
happen again? Which topics were raised consistently?
ranked networking as high on their list of reasons to attend
In fact, as so often happens, many of the individual
the convention. 66% ranked seeing friends as high, 45%
comments directly contradicted each other:
ranked the meetings as high, and 50% ranked marketing
“For me, this was the best IPLOCA convention yet.
Choice of Location: 67% ranked the choice of San Francisco
as good or excellent, 25% as outstanding.
Hotel services : 76% ranked hotel services as good or
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“Magnificent location. Good choice of hotel” versus
“IPLOCA could have picked a better, more convenient place in the suburbs than the Fairmont.” “The tours were all very informative and very nicely conducted”
Leslie Link, Manager, IPA Refining, Petrochemicals, Pipelines & Terminals In Search of Excellence in Pipeline Projects
versus “The tour guides were as usual very formal and quite boring.” Conclusion: It is not always easy to please everyone all the time.
Richard B. Spears, Managing Director, Spears & Associates, Inc. The Bust of ’09 and the Boom of ‘11
Finally, to the gentleman who complained that he “wished [his] wife could have stayed longer”, we can only offer our sympathy. That was definitely not something within our control!
Donald (Don) Wishart, Executive Vice-President, Operations & Engineering, TransCanada Perspectives on North America Pipeline
Sincere Thanks to our San Francisco
Projects in Coming Years Rebecca Roberts, President, Chevron Pipe Line Company The Importance of Visible Leadership
Daslav Brkic, Vice President Business & Technology Dev. BU Onshore, Saipem
Lucio Linassi, Russia Area Manager & Sakhalin2 Project Director, Saipem Lands of Sakhalin
Our San Francisco attendees were very appreciative of the speaker presentations during the Thursday and Friday Open General Meetings and made that quite clear in their responses to the questionnaire. We asked this year’s attendees which topics were likely to
Dr. Bernard Amadei, Engineers without Borders-International The Role of Engineers in Poverty Reduction: Challenges and Opportunities
be of greatest interest to them for next year. Topic choices for the future came back as follows: -- 1st choice: Projects -- 2nd choice: Market Trends -- 3rd choice: Technologies We encourage your recommendations of speakers and topics for next year. Please contact the Secretariat or email
Michael D. King, Discipline Lead for BP America Inc. in the E & P Projects and Engineering Group’s Pipeline and Civil Team IPLOCA New Technologies Award, sponsored by BP
firstname.lastname@example.org with your recommendations.
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TENNIS TOURNAMENT by Alan Greenberg
On the Wednesday of convention week, the Worldwide Machinery tennis tournament took place at the beautiful Meadowood Country Club in the heart of the Napa Valley. In the midst of six tennis courts set off by lawns and gardens, the participants were served a full breakfast buffet set out on the lawn. Following breakfast, it was time to play tennis. After five rounds of doubles, the top four in each of the two brackets played off for the championship. The winners in the Blue
for a short ride to the famous Auberge du Soleil, one of
Division were Marta Santander and Frans Groos, narrowly
the top country inns and restaurants in the Napa Valley. On
edging out Debbie Greenberg and Dmitry Ermolin. In the
their outside deck with a panoramic view of the vineyards,
Red Division the pair of Mark Roerink and Peter Borgards
everyone enjoyed a gourmet four course lunch.
edged out Daniel Santander and Vladelin Ermolin. They were each presented with a bottle of wine engraved with
Everyone had a great time and expressed their intention to
the details of the event. Then the group got back on the bus
play together again next year in Venice.
This year, PIH introduced a new competition – “Beat the Pro”. Ten players did indeed beat the professional supplied by the course, and each received a small prize at the end of the event. The added competition was judged a great success and is likely to be repeated next year in Venice. Apparently the infamous Rod Hardy behaved perfectly this year, to everyone’s great surprise. What has happened previously involving Rod? The stories abound, but last year he succeeded in breaking a brand new club and rumour has it that in the 2007 tournament he managed to put such a huge hole in the course while teeing off that an excavator had to be brought in to repair the damage… Our illustrious host winners (Team 10) (Left to right): Vimal Kaushik, Phil Bond, Adam Wynne Hughes and Patrick Michels
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GOLF TOURNAMENT by Phil Bond
The PIH Golf Tournament was held this year at the famous Harding Park Golf Course, site of the 2009 President’s Cup, which followed shortly after the IPLOCA Convention. Needless to say, the course was in superb condition and the location was highly appreciated by the participants.
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Thanks to our San Francisco 2009
We are extremely grateful to our valued sponsors for their support of the San Francisco Convention.
The First Time Attendees Cocktails
The Lincoln Electric Company
Pipeline & Gas Journal and Ozzie’s
3. San Francisco by
Pipeline Padder, Inc. (co-sponsorship)
Motorized Cable Car
The Welcome Party
4. Journey through Wine Country
Welspun Global Trade LLC and
Entertainment at Final Banquet
Entrepose Contracting and IPLOCA
RMS Welding Systems (co-sponsorship)
HABAU Hoch- und Tiefbaugesellschaft
and PPS Pipeline Systems
Directors & Wives Dinner
Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers
6. Museums of San Francisco
Audiovisual at Final Banquet
Former Presidents’ Cocktails
Vacuworx International and
Zakhem International Construction Ltd
7. Muir Woods & Sausalito
The CRC-Evans Luncheon
CPP China Petroleum Pipeline Bureau and
Car for Lottery
CRC-Evans Pipeline International and
Taishan Construction Machinery Co. Ltd
Ledcor Pipeline Limited
co-sponsored by Applus RTD Group
Photographers at the Convention
The Caterpillar Evening
PTPS and Tefken Construction and
Installation Co., Inc. (co-sponsorship)
9. San Francisco by Motorized
Convention Photo CD
Laurini Officine Meccaniche
Cable Car (for latecomers)
The Spy Ladies Brunch
Salzgitter Mannesmann International GmbH
Printing of Pocket Programme
Pipeline Inspection Members & Associate Members
Convention / IPLOCA Functions:
Printing of Final Banquet Menu
Volvo Construction Equipment
Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers
Printing of Attendance List
Members & Associate
Welcome Drinks at Registration
Pipeline & Gas Journal
J. Ray McDermott, Inc.
Russian Simultaneous Translation
Bechtel and Herrenknecht AG
Consolidated Contractors Company (C.C.C.)
Coaches to the Airport
The John Fabick Cocktail Party
Coffee breaks at Open General
Max Streicher GmbH & Co
Pipeline Machinery International
Convention Fund Contributions Fluor
Music for “Dancing ‘til Dawn”
C.A.T. International Ltd.
Trencor/Astec Underground and
Audio Visual at Open General
Open Bar for “Dancing ‘til Dawn”
Land and Marine Project Engineering Ltd
Gifts: Denso GmbH
Jindal Saw Ltd.
Registration Bags for the Gentlemen
PIH Golf Tournament
Welspun Global Trade LLC
Pipeline Induction Heat
Registration Bags for the Ladies
Insight Guide to California
WWM Tennis Tournament
Maats Pipeline Equipment
Tour Programme: 1. Journey through Wine Country
Wine at Final Banquet
Willbros Group, Inc.
Flowers at Final Banquet
Champagne at Final Banquet
ARB Inc. and Gulf Interstate Engineering
Band at Final Banquet
Koop Holding Europe b.v.
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IPLOCA’s Newest Honorary Member:
MIKE THIELE Michael L. Thiele Date of Birth: July 1940
Education: BSME Purdue University Registered Professional Engineer Texas Married 40 years with one son born in 1974 IPLOCA Board Member 1989–1991 IPLOCA President 1990-1991 Participant in 33 of 37 conventions
Elaine & Mike Thiele
IPLOCA Former President (1991), Mike Thiele was introduced in San Francisco as the association’s newest Honorary Member, following a unanimous vote by the Board of Directors. The most recent previous recipient of the special honour was John Phillips in 2005. Mike worked with Bechtel Group, Inc for 41 years before retiring in 2005. He progressed through this huge company from international direct hire construction, engineering, project & business development, project management to corporate general operations management. He was elected Senior Vice President of the
President Bruno de la
company in 1990, Director in 1997
Roussière (left) offers
and Executive Vice President in
2000. Residing outside of the USA for 20 years, he was directly responsible for the execution of major international fixed price engineering, procurement and construction projects in Libya, Abu Dhabi, Iraq, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Algeria, Thailand, Papua New Guinea, Australia, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Peru, Portugal, Russia and the United States. He served as President of Bechtel’s Pipeline Business Line for 18 years, Executive Sponsor of Bechtel’s Civil and Mining & Metals Business Lines and Bechtel’s Construction Equipment Company. For ten years he served as Chairman
of Bechtel’s Project Risk Assessment Committee which
photo from the 1991 Cannes Convention, shows
reviewed deal structure, execution plans, joint ventures, win
then President Mike Thiele (left) with Bob Todd, the 2nd President
plans and risk mitigation plans for major high risk business
of IPLOCA. They represented the oldest and the newest Presidents
development opportunities across all eight Bechtel Business
present in Cannes.
Lines in all regions.
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“I played golf with Mike for 40 years, and I could never understand how he got off a plane after spending two or three weeks overseas on various projects and shot in the 70’s.”
THANKS TO YOU… Generosity of IPLOCA Convention Attendees Raises USD 24,000 for Caritas Internationalis
Paul Evans Chairman & CEO, CRC-Evans Pipeline International, Inc. “IPLOCA is a great organization today because of the unselfish roles that people like Mike Thiele have played during some difficult times and I am proud to see that he has been recognized for his efforts with an Honorary Membership.” Scott Summers President, ARB, Inc. “Mike Thiele is absolutely deserving of this honor and his selection enhances the prestige of Honorary Member of IPLOCA. His career could well serve as a fine example for our younger members.” Larry Bump former IPLOCA President “One of the highest honors that IPLOCA is able to bestow
The Ledcor-sponsored Final Banquet lottery in San Francisco raised a whopping USD 24,000 for Caritas and netted a new car for lucky winner Fred Hutchings (right) of Shawcor. Bernadine and Tom Lassu (Ledcor) presented the certificate.
on one of our members is that of Honorary Member. The individual must have performed distinguished service to the pipeline or offshore oil and gas industry.” Greg Miller Managing Director & CEO of Pipeline Inspection Co., Ltd.
More Accolades for Mike Thiele “a formidable competitor but always an honorable one” “absolutely deserving of this honour” “provided IPLOCA with very strong leadership during the critical time when the Offshore Division was being integrated into our Association” “always quick to sing the praises of the Association to all prospective regular or associate members” “well known and highly respected by the international pipeline community” “never afraid to make a tough decision and always willing to shoulder the criticism as long as it was in the best interest of IPLOCA”
Post-convention, Caritas Internationalis Climate Change Officers Floriana Polito (2nd from left)and Christine Campeau were guests at lunch during IPLOCA’s Novel Construction Meeting held in Geneva in October. IPLOCA Past President Bruno de La Roussière (right) and current President Adam Wynne Hughes (left) presented the Caritas representatives with a cheque. Floriana and Christine are to attend the UN Climate Change Conference and gratefully accepted the Caritas banner to take with them to help with their Caritas advocacy work in Copenhagen.
NUMBER 41 DECEMBER 2009
IPLOCA HEALTH & SAFETY AWARD The IPLOCA Health and Safety Award sponsored by Chevron was presented during the San Francisco Convention in recognition of a significant achievement in promoting Health & Safety.
The winner was Ledcor Pipeline Limited, represented by Tom Lassu, Kevin Cater and Bill Partington, in recognition for their work on the Roll Over Protection Structure.
Runners Up -- J. Ray McDermott, represented by Bob Deason, for their Accident / Incident Investigation Program. -- Nippon Steel Engineering Co., Ltd, represented by Motohiro Washimi, Osamu Kitazawa, Satoshi Nishimura and Ram Ahgir, for their Alert-Response
Adam Wynne Hughes spoke about the IPLOCA membershipâ€™s Health & Safety Satistics, submitted each year to the Secretariat as a condition of membership, following which the Awards were presented by Becky Roberts of Chevron Pipe Line.
2 Step initiative. -- National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC) for their Inspection, Testing & Tagging - Portable Electrical Apparatus Program. -- TL Offshore Sdn. Bhd., represented by Shahrul Faiz Modh Aziz, for their programme Together Toward HSE Excellence. The HSE Committee judged the entries by means of individual scores from a Balanced Score Card especially developed for this purpose by the committee to guarantee a transparent selection process. We congratulate all those who participated this year in the IPLOCA Health and Safety Award sponsored by Chevron for their commitment to raising the bar on Health & Safety. We encourage continuing efforts and applications for the next Health and Safety Award which will be awarded at the 2010 Convention in Venice. The application form will be made available on the IPLOCA website.
were going to spend more energy and money measuring
By Martin Coleman, IPLOCA HSE Committee
meaningful that will hopefully save money and reduce our
our performance then we need to measure something carbon footprint. In the last few years we have all tried
We have all heard of the Copenhagen Summit/Forum
to jump on the bandwagon to try and save the planet.
which follows on from other Climate Change meetings. No
Although it was mostly with good intentions there are many
doubt there will be lots of promises, disagreements and
instances where those intentions were misguided.
many toys will be thrown out of the presidential prams, but even Heads of State now recognise that we have to do
We all have stories to tell:
something to reduce our carbon emissions.
-- The obligation to transport waste 800 km by road for recycling or destruction. Did we know that after
We have had a number of key indicators in this industry
transporting waste over 800 km by road it was then
over the past 5 to 10 years that we have had to measure
land-filled, burnt or shipped to India or China for
depending on which country you are working in and for
recycling? Did we ever calculate the carbon emissions
which client: reuse of materials/waste, recycling waste,
from transporting such waste?
incineration of waste, landfill of waste, total fuel used, km driven, electricity used, gas used, water used.
-- The obligation to transport oil-polluted soil from the place of the incident to a waste treatment area 350 km
To date, IPLOCA has not developed a database of statistics
away and then transport it back to the original location.
concerning environmental data. Why? Well, what were
The contractor was not allowed to treat the waste in situ.
we going to do with the statistics if we had any? If we
It had to be transported to the waste area, spread out in
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the sun for a few weeks and then transported back.
Willbros joins IPLOCA HSE Committee
Did we calculate the carbon emissions? -- The imposition of EU environmental standards on countries that do not have the existing infrastructure or legal framework to manage the environment to EU
Adam Wynne Hughes, IPLOCA
legislation. In the end waste had to be transported
President and Chairman of
nearly 1,500 km to be treated as the project was unable
the IPLOCA HSE Committee
to use an incinerator already purchased for the project
and the project was not issued an operating license for
that Brad MacLean, Vice
What can we do that is effective to reduce our carbon footprint and not cost the earth? Perhaps in the near term we should look at reducing the amount of fuel we use on our construction projects. Although we train plant operators before they are allowed to start on a project, this training concentrates on the safety aspect. Studies have been carried out by various road transport organisations with the objective of reducing their fuel costs. The studies show that by training drivers to conserve fuel by driving efficiently they can reduce fuel costs by 15 percent. Why not apply this to reducing our carbon footprint and save money? We have all seen cranes and side-booms sitting for hours with the engine ticking over waiting to start work. We see and hear generators running during the day when there is no need. Do we have the correct traffic management systems in place? Who decides the route a driver will take? Is it via his favourite café, 20 km off the most direct route? We would like our members to participate in forwarding ideas on saving fuel and also what criteria we should use to measure our carbon emissions. Please send your comments to email@example.com.
President of Health, Safety and Environment at Willbros has committed to add his expertise to the committee. “We are delighted that Willbros is lending its support to the committee in the person of Brad, as we move forward with our committee objectives in 2010“ he said. “We look forward to a busy and productive year.”
Committee Members -- Adam Wynne Hughes (Chairman) Land & Marine Project Engineering Ltd, Managing Director -- Juan Arzuaga IPLOCA Executive Secretary -- Martin Coleman SPIECAPAG, Corporate Environmental Manager -- Paul Conway C.A.T. Group -- Helen Dornan Serimax, Group HSE Manager, Q.H.S.E. Manager -- Frank Green Pipeline Induction Heat, Health Safety & Environmental Manager -- Brad MacLean Willbros USA, Inc., VP, Health, Safety and Environment -- Knud Petersen Shell Global Solutions International BV, Global Manager Pipelines & Offshore Technology -- Dinç Senlier Tekfen Insaat Ve Tesisat, Total Quality and HSE Management Representative -- Amir Tajik Max Streicher GmbH & Co KG aA, Senior Safety Engineer -- John Truhe Chevron Pipe Line Co., Manager of Construction, Environmental & Technical Services
NUMBER 41 DECEMBER 2009
IPLOCA NEW TECHNOLOGIES AWARD The 2009 IPLOCA New Technologies Award sponsored by BP was presented during the annual Convention held in San Francisco. The Award is given in recognition of a significant achievement in the development of new pipeline technologies. Members of the Adjudication Committee were Bruno
The Award was presented by Mike King (BP) and Roberto
de La Roussière (Entrepose Contracting), Doug Evans
Castelli (Bonatti) to Herrenknecht AG, represented by
(Gulf Interstate Engineering), Bob Deason (J. Ray
Werner Suhm, in recognition for their excellent work on
McDermott, S.A.) and Roberto Castelli (Bonatti).
Using a balanced score card method to determine
-- Caterpillar Inc., represented by Daniel Macholan and
the winners, the committee looked at such questions as whether the entry represented a technological breakthrough, a new or revised construction practice, or a new piece of equipment or tool. Additional data was gathered to support the application, including whether or not it had been successfully used on a major project, or whether its development was at a significant stage such as to warrant an award.
Marco Jannuzzi, for the D7E Track-type Tractor. -- Laurini Officine Meccaniche, represented by Marco Laurini, for their new Pipe Layer PL105. -- Ludescher Cablecrane Systems GmbH, represented by Joachim Seyr and Christoph Ludescher, for their new carriage GSK 160 for cable crane systems -- Volvo Construction Equipment, represented by Eddy Powell and Bernard Quereillahc, for their Pipelayer PL4608.
Finally, a set of questions were asked to determine if indeed the entry represented a significant contribution
IPLOCA congratulates all those who participated in the
to the industry and whether it addressed some of the
2009 New Technologies Award sponsored by BP for
challenges currently faced. Mike King of BP and Roberto
their commitment to furthering the progress of pipeline
Castelli, Chairman of the IPLOCA New Technologies
construction. We encourage continuing efforts and
Committee, made the presentation and addressed the
applications for the next New Technologies Award which
members of the audience about New Technologies.
will be made in 2011.
Novel Construction Plenary Session “Onshore Pipelines - The Road to Success” At the end of October in Geneva, 27 people from 21 companies attended the Novel Construction Plenary Session, focused on the further development of the document “Onshore Pipelines – The Road to Success”. The objectives of the meeting included identifying those parts of the book that need to be expanded, identifying new topics that need to be covered, defining work groups and their composition and discussion of possible research
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topics for cooperation with EPRG, PRCI and APIA. Some initial comments were reported at the meeting and subsequently some further feedback was received as part of the San Francisco Convention Questionnaire. However
A SPECIAL MISSION for Taishan’s Daifeng Pipelayer in India
the most substantial feedback will be gleaned from a Road-to-Success-specific questionnaire that will be sent to all recipients for response by early 2010. The cover letter sent with the document asked that recipients circulate the document widely within their organisations and make it available for review by as many people on the managerial staff as possible while the questionnaire is in preparation. We particularly asked reviewers to look at the document with the following in mind: -- Their level of interest in the document -- Feedback by chapter -- Sections that need expanding -- Likelihood of using the document as a working guide Each delegate at the San Francisco Convention received a copy of the book and response so far has been very positive. We are gratified that so many of our member companies provided their expertise and manpower in developing the content. In all, some 110 people and more than 50 companies contributed to this edition. If you received a review copy, please watch your email for the link to the questionnaire.
“Onshore Pipelines - The Road to Success” A limited number
All in a day’s work…
of copies of this
One morning in mid September, a call for help went out
373 page document were printed and distributed to each of the delegates at the San Francisco Convention. Those Member companies unable to send a delegate to San Francisco were mailed one copy of the document. An obvious question is the possibility of IPLOCA making an electronic version of this large (1.8 kg) document available. This is definitely an option for the future, but only after we receive the necessary feedback on this first edition. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
on the Barmer-Salaya Pipeline (Rajasthan State in western India to Gujarat State) at Sanchor3. A camel had fallen into the ditch of the pipeline under construction. It seemed that it was injured and could not rise to its feet. It let out indignant low grunts whenever it was approached by people. The pipelayer operators decided to attempt to rescue the unfortunate animal with two hoisting belts. First they dug two shallow ditches below the camel’s belly, and then slowly pulled through two hoisting belts. With the lift hook slowly and carefully raised, the camel was gently hoisted up, its legs kicking randomly as the assembled crew looked on with apprehension. The pipelayer finally landed the camel lightly on safe ground to instant and enthusiastic applause.
NUMBER 41 DECEMBER 2009
IN THE HEADLINES Alaska should cut risk of natgas-pipeline sponsor
Bredero Shaw to provide pipe coating services for the QSN3 pipeline project Bredero Shaw has received a contract with a value in excess of US$40 million from Marubeni-Itochu to provide
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The head of the BP-ConocoPhillips
pipeline coatings for Epic Energy’s QSN3 Pipeline Project.
joint venture seeking to build a huge Alaska natural
The QSN3 Project incorporates the looping construction of
gas pipeline said on Thursday he worries that the state
the South West Queensland Pipeline, SWQP and the QSN
government is doing too little to reduce the project’s
Link Pipeline. QSN3 will be installed from Wallumbilla in
economic risks. Uncertainties over long-term state tax
South East Queensland to Moomba in South Australia. The
rates, the fate of disputed leases at the Point Thomson oil
contract has been awarded to Bredero Shaw (Australia).
and gas field on the North Slope and other matters should
The QSN3 project will be executed at the Bredero Shaw
be addressed by the state of Alaska, said Bud Fackrell,
pipe coating facilities in Kembla Grange, Australia and in
president of Denali, the BP-ConocoPhillips company
promoting the massive natural gas project.
Earthtimes.org, November 2009
Reuters, 19 November 2009
Turkmenistan seen as top gas supplier for Nabucco
Door open for India on gas pipeline: Iran minister NEW DELHI: Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki
ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan - Energy-rich Turkmenistan could
on Tuesday said that the door would remain open for India
become a top supplier to fill a Western-backed natural
to join the Iran-India-Pakistan friendship pipeline project
gas pipeline aimed at reducing Europe’s dependency on
but indicated that the state of affairs could not continue
Russian gas, a top executive on the project said Thursday.
for an indefinite period. `I think India is desirous to join the
The planned EUR 7.9 billion (USD11.7 billion) Nabucco
project. The road is open for the joining of Indian friends,’’
pipeline would run 3,300 kilometers from to Turkey
said the Iranian Foreign Minister at the Indian Council for
through Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary and end in Austria,
World Affairs. India, which is far from convinced about the
viability of the project, has conveyed to the Iranian side
Associated Press, 19 November 2009
that New Delhi continues to have serious issues on security with the gas project in the backdrop of the deteriorating
security situation in Pakistan. The Economic Times, India, 18 November 2009
The Yearbook is once again in members’ hands and has been distributed worldwide
Fico: No Obstacles to Setting Up Joint Company with Gazprom
to the desks and in
Moscow - No obstacles stand in the way of establishing
the field of pipeline
a joint enterprise of the Russian gas concern Gazprom
and Slovakia, Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico said after a meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin
Do not hesitate to send
in Moscow on Monday. According to Fico, the company
us the addresses of the
would distribute natural gas for Slovak households and
persons to whom you
firms, and would also store it. The main issue of the
wish us to send the
meeting was ensuring supplies of Russian gas and oil
to Slovakia. “The Slovak Government views the Russian
Please send any updates to listing@iploca-yearbook.
Federation as a reliable supplier for the territory of
com and be sure to also send a copy to sarah.junod@
Slovakia. So I listened with great interest to reports about
iploca.com. In this way we will update our newsletter
problems that could arise in the future with respect to
mailing lists and membership database. Additional
Ukraine’s inability to pay for gas supplies. We’ve agreed
printed copies can be obtained on request:
on a system of very early and intense communication on
this topic,” said Fico. www.tasr.sk, 16 November 2009
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