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Venice Convention Retrospective with 6 photo pages

CONTENTS: Letter from the President page 4 News from Geneva page 5 New IPLOCA Board of Directors page 7 Training page 18 WITH NEWS FROM: THE INDUSTRY, MEMBERSHIP, ALLIED & SISTER ASSOCIATIONS

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Contents Letter from the President


News from Geneva


Board Meeting Update


IPLOCA Board of Directors 2010-2011




Member News


Venice Convention Retrospective


IPLOCA Health & Safety Award


IPLOCA New Technologies Award






Vivaldi, the Chiquitos and the Old Pipeliner


In the Headlines


Upcoming Conferences


IPLOCA Secretariat

IPLOCA Newsletter

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International Pipeline & Offshore


Contractors Association

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IPLOCA Yearbook

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Letter from the President It is my great pleasure to address the IPLOCA membership as its new President. I am looking forward to serving IPLOCA along with my colleagues on the Board of Directors. The Board met during the Venice Convention and you will find highlights from the meetings on pages 5-6 of this Newsletter. In early December we will hold our next meeting in Rio de Janeiro. Those of you who were fortunate enough to be with us in Venice, will, I’m sure, agree with me that it was an outstanding success. I’m sure you will enjoy the photo spread on the centre pages of this Newsletter. A full set of photos will subsequently be available on the website and the link emailed to all attendees. With more than 670 delegates in attendance, we were treated to a truly memorable week. We were fortunate to secure some excellent speakers for the Open General Meetings, and we thank them very much for making themselves available and for their support of IPLOCA. We were pleased to see the meeting rooms filled, despite the need to travel to the Fondazione Cini by boat during a busy week with a tight schedule. We also take this opportunity to congratulate all our award winners, and all those companies who submitted entries for the IPLOCA Health & Safety Award, sponsored by Chevron and the IPLOCA Environmental Award, sponsored by Shell. My goals this year are to continue to enhance communications, engage the membership worldwide via more regional meetings and technical committee work and to maintain the highest quality of our annual convention. In particular, as Chairman of the Training Committee, I will be focusing on a number of training initiatives, including communication, site visits, discussions on increased productivity and analysis of pipeliner training. I look forward to working with each of our members over the next year, and encourage you to get in touch with me with your ideas or questions for the association. Sincerely,

Karl Trauner (



News from Geneva Training and Novel Construction meetings The Geneva office team were pleased recently to be able to play host to some of our members who visited our new offices while they were in Geneva to attend the Training and Novel Construction meetings. The meetings were held nearby, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (soon to become the Starling Conference Center). Pictured are Lars Inge Larsson of Volvo Construction Equipment, and Tekfen’s Hasan Gurtay, Alpasian Sumer and Osman Birgili (also IPLOCA’s 1st Vice President).


Board Meeting Updates - Venice

Meetings of the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 Boards of

-- Michael Podt, from MCI Beijing, a ground agent which

Directors were held in Venice during convention week.

also has an office in Geneva, provided a brief presentation

Following are some highlights from the meetings.

to the Board on Beijing and some possible locations for

Final Meeting of the 2009-2010 Board of Directors -- Treasurer Phil Bond noted that the finances are strong, with a surplus expected this year. -- It was noted that the level of sponsorship for the Venice

events. Michael was invited to participate in the Venice Convention to allow him to see first-hand the type of arrangements necessary for an IPLOCA Convention. -- Caroline Green provided a review of the current membership status. She noted that 19 new members

Convention was outstanding, at almost 100%. The only

had joined IPLOCA under the leadership of the 2009-

exception was part of the cost of extra shuttle boats

2010 Board of Directors.

which was covered by IPLOCA. -- The President noted that costs from the new training initiatives and possible research participation would be covered by the association’s surplus without the need to touch the association’s reserves. -- The Board formally thanked and applauded Phil Bond for his tremendous service and commitment to IPLOCA over the past few years as Treasurer. -- The proposed new By-Laws, to be put to vote by the membership later in the week at the Annual General Meeting, were reviewed and discussed.

-- New Regular Members -- Stroygazconsulting LLC (Russian Federation) joined IPLOCA on 9 June 2010. -- LLC Stroygazmontazh (Russian Federation) (2 July 2010) -- Petrofac (UAE) (2 July 2010) -- Corrtech International (India) (19 August 2010) -- New Associate Members -- GDI (Mexico) (2 July 2010) -- PSI Pipeline Services International (Germany) (14 September 2010)



-- The total Membership count is currently 246; 119 Regular

Training Committee

Members, 120 Associate Members, four Academic

-- Chair: Karl Trauner

Members and three Honorary Members.

-- Harald Dresp

-- The following publishing houses were selected as

-- Vladilen Ermolin

IPLOCA Media Partners for the period September

-- Gerry Grothe

2010 to August 2013:

-- Marco Jannuzzi

-- Benjamin Media (Trenchless Technology, North American Pipelines) -- Oildom (Pipeline & Gas Journal)

-- Najib Khoury -- Ebbo Laenge -- Andy Lukas

-- Pennwell (Offshore Magazine) -- Palladian Publications (World Pipelines) -- The new category replaces the “Member of the Press� category previously listed in the IPLOCA Yearbook.

Health, Safety and Environmental Committee -- Chair: Adam Wynne Hughes -- Nasser Issa

-- Regional Meetings reports were provided by Ebbo Laenge (Rio de Janeiro meeting) and Vladilen Ermolin

Board Meetings

(Moscow meeting)

Dates and Locations for 2010-2011 were established

-- It was noted that the details, including many of the presentations given, are available on the IPLOCA website. -- The IPLOCA website has been considerably redeveloped -- The IPLOCA DVD was updated with the help of many members who provided footage. The result is also

as follows: -- Rio de Janeiro 1-3 December 2010 (Wed to Fri) -- Marrakesh 2-4 March 2011 (Wed to Fri) -- Istanbul 25-27 May 2011 (Wed to Fri)

available at under About IPLOCA. Regional Meetings

First Meeting of the 2010-2011 Board of Directors

The following are possible dates and locations for Regional Meetings in 2011. -- Istanbul, Tuesday, 24 May -- Vienna, toward the end of March 2011

2010-2011 Officers were unanimously appointed as follows:

-- New Delhi, week of 4th April, 2011

-- President: Karl Trauner, HABAU

-- London, Spring 2011

-- First Vice President: Osman Birgili, Tekfen

-- Beirut, 17-18 February 2011

-- Second Vice President: Doug Evans, Gulf Interstate Engineering Directors at Large suggested by the Executive Committee were then approved by the full board. -- Harald Dresp: Treasurer and Director-at-Large -- Marco Jannuzzi: Director-at-Large -- Roberto Castelli: Director-at-Large -- Andy Lukas: Director-at-Large, and -- Najib Khoury, Director-at-Large -- Committee Nominations New Technologies Committee -- Chair: Osman Birgili

The 2010-2011 Board of Directors welcome Gerry Grothe

-- Phil Bond

of Pipeline Machinery International, who joins Michael

-- Roberto Castelli

Rae of Argus Limited in representing the Associate

-- Doug Evans

Members, and Zhao Yujian of China Petroleum Pipeline

-- Jacquelin de La Porte

Bureau who joins Sandip Sharma of Kalpataru in

-- Michael Rae

representing the Members in the East & Far East region.

-- Sandip Sharma

Congratulations to both.

-- Zeno Soave


Newly Elected to the Board of Directors


IPLOCA Board of Directors 2010-2011

Front row (left to right): Harald Dresp (Treasurer), Osman Birgili (1st Vice President), Karl Trauner (President), Doug Evans (2nd Vice President), Adam Wynne Hughes (Immediate Past President), Juan Arzuaga (Executive Secretary). 2nd row from front: Marco Jannuzzi, Phil Bond, Gerry Grothe. 2nd row from back: Vladilen Ermolin, Ebbo Laenge, Najib Khoury, Zeno Soave, Nasser Issa. Back row: Sandip Sharma, Andy Lukas, Michael Rae, Jacquelin de La Porte, Roberto Castelli. Not pictured: Zhao Yujian


Ebbo L채nge (Conduto), Director, The Americas

Karl Trauner (HABAU), President, Director for Europe

Nasser Issa (C.A.T. International Ltd), Director,

Central, Chairman of the Training Committee

Middle East & Africa

Osman Birgili (Tekfen), 1st Vice President, Director

Zhao Yujian (CPP), Director, East & Far East

for Europe Eastern, Chairman of the New Technologies

Sandip Sharma (Kalpataru Power Transmission Ltd),


Director, East & Far East

Doug Evans (Gulf Interstate Engineering), 2 Vice

Gerry Grothe (Pipeline Machinery Intl.), Director,

President, Director, The Americas

Associate Members

Harald Dresp (Max Streicher), Treasurer, Director at Large

Michael Rae (Argus Ltd), Director, Associate Members


Adam Wynne Hughes Immediate Past President, Chairman of the HSE Committee


Directors at Large Roberto Castelli (Bonatti) Harald Dresp (Max Streicher)

Vladilen Ermolin (PTPS JSC), Director, Europe Eastern

Marco Jannuzzi (Caterpillar)

Jacquelin de La Porte (Spiecapag), Director, Europe

Najib Khoury (CCC)


Andy Lukas (AJ Lucas)

Zeno Soave (Socotherm), Director, Europe Mediterranean Phil Bond (Pipeline Induction Heat), Director,

Executive Secretary

Europe North-West

Juan Arzuaga




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Academic Members


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Honorary Members


general contractors, government agencies and real

that provides construction services,

estate developers.

New Members

Services offered by GDI include: Mining Projects, Dams, Heavy Civil and Site Preparation, Pipeline Trenching and

Corrtech International Private

Civil Works, Fiber Optic Telecommunication Projects,

Limited, India. Established in 1982,

Drilling & Blasting Projects, Quarries and Aggregate

today CORRTECH is a leading

Services, Real Estate developments, Building the

construction company focused in the area of installation

infrastructure for the development of energy industry, civil

of cross country pipelines on EPC basis for oil, gas and

works, telecommunications and real estate development.

water sectors; horizontal directional drilling; construction

GDI had initiated the certification processes in the

of terminal stations comprising civil, structural,

standards: ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004, OHSAS

architectural, mechanical piping, equipment erection,


electrical, instrumentation, SCADA and telecom systems; city gas distribution network; cathodic protection system;

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PSI Pipeline Services International

horizontal directional drilling up to 30” diameter and

GmbH & Co. KG was founded in 2006 with the

1,000 km of pipeline up to 48” diameter in cathodic

objective of offering special services within

protection are under execution. Turnover of the current

the field of pipeline and plant engineering: hydrostatic

financial year of CORRTECH is about 60 million USD.

testing, cleaning of pipelines & geometric survey (the fleet

CORRTECH is exploring the possibility to expand its pipeline

of multi-channel inspection tools has just been completed

business globally. The company has overseas experience in

from 8” to 60”).

cathodic protection and HDD in Tanzania, South Africa and Bangladesh. The company’s philosophy is timely completion

Furthermore PSI provides drying of pipelines with air,

of projects at a comparatively low cost, undertaken with the

nitrogen and vacuum, intelligent pigging, leak detection,

highest quality and safety considerations.

construction and sale of pigs and technical advice for all above-mentioned services. PSI grew quickly from six

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Member News

Leighton Offshore will use its vessels, Eclipse, Stealth and Mynx on the project. Eclipse, Stealth and Mynx are ideally suited for working on SPM projects, and provided Leighton a key edge in securing this work. Leighton operates a very young fleet of state of the art vessels, all of which are fully compliant to latest Class and safety standards including International Special Purpose Shipping code. Some of Leighton’s recent SPM projects include crude oil export SPM’s on India’s west coast for Bharat Petroleum and Bharat Oman Refineries, as well as the prestigious three SPM Terminal project for Reliance at Jamnagar. Leighton has also installed SPM’s on India’s east coast, in Sri Lanka, in Malaysia and in Brunei and in addition to the Tanzania SPM, is currently working on one of the worlds most challenging SPM’s for Cairn Energy which forms part of the world’s longest continuously heated oil pipeline.

ERCIYAS Finalises One of the Biggest Pipeline Deliveries (1.258 km) water transmission pipelines (in total 1.258 km diameters

McDermott Appoints Dan Houser to Senior Vice President, Operations

changing in between 711mm (28”) and 1422mm (56”) ) in

McDermott International, Inc. announced

Algeria. The project started in 2008 for the transmission of

today that Dan Houser has been

water from In’salah (where the underground water is) to

appointed to Senior Vice President,

Tamanrasset, both of which are very important cities in

Operations. In this role, Houser is

the Grand Sahara of Algeria. ERCIYAS is celebrating its

responsible for leading the Atlantic

ERCIYAS Steel Pipe Co. has finalised one of the biggest

20 year in production as one of the biggest spiral

region and Global Marine organization at McDermott, which

welded steel pipe producers in Europe, with plans to install

includes setting the strategic direction, as well as business

a new production line and increase its annual capacity to

acquisition and execution for these groups. In addition, he will

450.000 M tons in early 2011.

be responsible for expanding the company’s activities for the


region into Brazil, West Africa and the North Sea. McDermott’s

Fluor’s Alan Boeckmann to Serve as Non-Executive Chairman Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) announced today that Chief

Atlantic region includes fabrication facilities and marine bases in Morgan City, Louisiana, and Altamira, Mexico, and engineering and business offices in Houston, Texas, and New Orleans, Louisiana.

Operating Officer (COO) David T. Seaton will succeed Alan L. Boeckmann as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and also The company also said that Boeckmann will retire from

U.S. Pipeline Contractors Association and Unions Pledge their Support for Keystone XL Project

Fluor but serve on its board as non-executive chairman.

TransCanada Corporation (TransCanada) (TSX, NYSE: TRP)

Both moves will occur at the company’s board of directors

has announced a Project Labor Agreement for a significant

meeting on February 3, 2011.

portion of U.S. construction of the proposed US$7 billion

become a member of the company’s board of directors.

Keystone Gulf Coast Expansion Pipeline Project (Keystone

Leighton Offshore Awarded US$733 Million Iraq Crude Oil Export Facility Project

XL). The agreement will provide TransCanada with a capable, well-trained and ready workforce in the U.S. to construct Keystone XL. During construction, the project

Leighton Offshore has announced the signing of an EPC

is expected to create over seven million hours of labor

contract with Iraq’s South Oil Company to install three

and over 13,000 new jobs for American workers. The U.S.

single point moorings (SPMs) and 120 kilometres of 48-inch

Pipeline Contractors Association (PLCA) headed by its

pipelines in the Arabian Gulf, offshore Iraq. The project will

President Brian L. Ganske and its Managing Director Pat

provide enhanced export facilities from the Fao Terminal

Tielborg spearheaded the negotiations between the unions

near Al Basrah, and forms a major part of the South Oil

and TransCanada which concluded in the signing of a

Company’s strategic redevelopment program for Iraq.

project labor agreement.



Laurini Officine Meccaniche’s New Muletrax 3000 Floating Tractor

SLECC Wins Yongtaiwen Gas Pipeline Project SLECC (Shengli Engineering & Consulting Co. Ltd.) has won the Routing Survey & Engineering/Design Consultation Service Contract for the YongTaiWen Gas Pipeline Project and has received a Letter of Award from the client, ZheJiang Natural Gas Development Co. Ltd, at a contract value of approximately USD 12.6 million. The YongTaiWen Gas Pipeline starts from the ChunXiao Initial Station at YinZhou District of NingBo City and terminates at the ChangNan Terminal located at LuPu town of ChangNan County, WenZhou City of ZheJiang province. The pipeline runs a total length of 505km, consisting of a 457 km trunk line and a 48 km branch line, at diameter of 813 mm and 355.6 mm respectively. The pipeline system is designed at 6.3MPa pressure and 9.5 bcm delivery capacity per annum. The pipeline routing is designed with 17 gas transmission stations, 20 RTU valve rooms, 7 cathodic protection stations

Laurini Officine Meccaniche’s new Muletrax 3000 Floating

and 19 optical fibre communication stations.The contract

Tractor is an amphibious multipurpose tractor, with the

has a 10-month schedule, with work scope including

ability to travel on marsh terrain and to float where the

routing investigation, survey and geology survey, FEED,

water is deep. It can be equipped with a crane and with

detailed engineering/design, and the technical assistance

a removable platform for carrying equipment such as

for procurement and site construction. The pipeline project

welding, bevelling, service and maintenance equipment,

is scheduled for completion by the end of 2012.

or a fuel tank. The upper structure is the main part of the “Muletrax 3000” tractor and can be removed and installed on a standard undercarriage.

Gordie Tieberg New PLM Sales Manager

SNC-Lavalin Awarded Contract in Alberta’s Oil Sands SNC-Lavalin has announced that it has been awarded an engineering and procurement (EP) contract by Grizzly Oil

PipeLine Machinery International (PLM) Senior Vice

Sands ULC for its new Algar Lake Steam Assisted Gravity

President Tony Fernandez is pleased to announce that

Drainage (SAGD) facility located near Fort McMurray in north-

Gordie Tieberg has taken on the new position of Sales

eastern Alberta.The project consists of an initial 5,000 barrel

Manager – North America. He joins the management team

per day SAGD central processing facility with associated well

at PLM and will hold responsibility for the sales team and

pads, flow lines, tank farm and 8 MW cogeneration facility.

machine business in the US and Canada. Tieberg has been

Work has begun out of SNC-Lavalin’s Calgary office and the

working closely with PLM as the Cat Financial International

detailed design of the project is expected to be completed

Account Manager in charge of pipeline business globally

in April 2011. This is a unique project in the fact that the

since PLM was established in 2005.

execution plan is based on engineering and constructing a completely modularized processing facility capable of being

IPIECA Guidelines Available RSK Group plc has been working with the IPIECA

trucked to site. Field construction requirements will be limited to placing and interconnecting the modules followed by commissioning of the facility.

organization to publish guidelines regarding alien and invasive species and the oil and gas industry and to look prevent the spread of alien and invasive species in oil and

Technip Wins Subsea Contract for Papa-Terra Field in Brazil

gas development.

Technip has been awarded by Papa Terra BV(1) a contract

at the potential measures which can be implemented to

for the supply of Integrated Production Bundles (IPB(2))


IPIECA is a network of 30 of the largest oil and gas

for the Papa-Terra field. This field is located at a water

companies whose aim is to help the industry improve its

depth of 1,200 m in the Campos Basin, approximately

social and environmental performance. The guidelines can

110 km offshore from sBrazil. The contract includes the

be downloaded from the IPIECA website at

engineering, procurement, manufacturing and supply of


27 km of IPB risers(3) and flowlines(4), and an electrical


and monitoring module that will be installed on the P-63

International Pipeline Conference in Calgary, Canada,

floating production, storage and offloading unit (FPSO).

for its Subsea Cryogenic Pipe-in-Pipe Pipeline Transfer

Technip’s IPB technological solution will be used in the

System (C-PiP). The American Society of Mechanical

heavy oil Papa-Terra field to increase the temperature of

Engineers International (ASME) Global Pipeline Award

the produced fluid after long shut-downs in order to reduce

was presented to Technip by members of the Pipeline

its viscosity, thus enabling well production restart. A new

Systems Division, a division of the International

and innovative monitoring system, using the distributed

Petroleum Technology Institute (IPTI). This prestigious

temperature sensor (DTS(5)) technology, has been specially

award acknowledges outstanding innovations and

developed for this application and will be incorporated in

major technological advances in the field of pipeline

the IPB for the first time.

transportation. Technip began development of the C-PiP Pipeline Technology in 2004, earned proof-of-concept

Technip Wins Pipeline Transportion Award

certification by ABS and BV in 2006, and fitness-forservice certification from DNV in 2008. Technip is currently

Technip has been awarded the 2010 Global Pipeline

designing or has assessed the potential for C-PiP Pipeline

Award in the field of Pipeline Transportation during the

applications in several projects.

Herrenknecht Celebrates

Gotthard Tunnel Breakthrough The breakthrough on October 15, 2010 in the Eastern

The 2 x 57 kilometer long epoch-making project is connecting

tube of the Gotthard Base tunnel marks the most

northern and southern Europe by rail through the Alps. Four

significant milestone on the way to completing the

Herrenknecht Gripper Tunnel boring machines have been

longest railway tunnel in the world.

excavating more than 85km of the two main tubes.

October 15, 2010, The main breakthrough in the Eastern tube of the Gotthard Base Tunnel (Photo Š Herrenknecht AG 2010)



Venice Convention Retrospective Sincere thanks to our Sponsors and Speakers

Thanks to all the Venice Convention attendees who

respondents regarded the hotel services as good, excellent

submitted their post-convention questionnaires so

or outstanding. You may rest assured that IPLOCA always


seeks out the best options and alternatives, taking into careful consideration many different parameters.

Of those who responded to the questionnaire, 21.9% had never previously attended a convention, 46.7% were

We again thank all of our generous sponsors, without

Associate Members, and 29.5% were Regular Members.

whom the IPLOCA convention would not be possible.

-- Tours: 85% of respondents ranked the tours as good,

Please see the complete listing of sponsors and items

excellent or outstanding -- Programme: 92% ranked the programme as good, excellent or outstanding -- Speakers: 82% ranked the speakers overall as good, excellent or outstanding We were pleased to see that the general consensus was extremely positive. While we received a few less-thanpositive comments regarding the hotel services, no-one, it seems, was unhappy to be in Venice! In fact, the Hilton was the only centrally-located hotel which had enough rooms to accommodate all of our attendees, even though the ballroom facilities were slightly smaller than we would have wished. Still, seventy-one percent of



sponsored on page 15.

Speakers Our grateful thanks to our speakers who made themselves available to support us at the Venice Convention! Please note that the presentations are posted at under IPLOCA Conventions - Past Conventions. We welcome your suggestions for topics and speakers for the Beijing Convention. Please send your recommendations no later than the end of February 2011 to

Venice and the Mose System: Main Features

The Year in Review

and Status

Adam Wynne Hughes, IPLOCA 2009-2010

Maria Teresa Brotto, Head of Planning, Mose


System, Consorzio Venezia Nuova

Russian and Caspian Gas: The Development

2010-2011 Challenges & Objectives

of a Southeastern Supply Corridor to Europe

Karl Trauner, IPLOCA 2010-2011 President

Matt Sagers, Senior Director, Head of Eurasia Transportation Forum, CERA (IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates, Inc.) The Energy Challenges of the 21st Century:

The Nord Stream Project: A Secure Gas

What’s New in the Last Two Years?

Supply for Europe

Hans B. (Teddy) Püttgen, Director, Energy

Dirk von Ameln, Permitting Director, Nord

Center, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de

Stream AG

Lausanne Deep Water Projects in Brazil

The Evolution of the Gas Industry:

Fabio Braga De Azevedo, Senior Consultant,

The Impact on Infrastructure investments

Pipeline Design and Marine Installations

Daniele de Giovanni, Senior Vice President

Group, Petrobras

of Supply Portfolio Development, ENI

Pipelines, HSE and Innovation

Radical Changes to Improve Safety

Loek Vreenegoor, Manager Pipelines &

John Truhe, Chevron Pipeline Company

Flow Assurance Systems, Shell

2010 Environmental Award

2009 Health & Safety Award

sponsored by Shell

sponsored by Chevron

Adam Wynne Hughes,

Adam Wynne Hughes,

IPLOCA HSE Committee Chairman

IPLOCA HSE Committee Chairman

Eco Operator Training Program

J. Ray McDermott’s HSES Intranet

Dan Macholan, Caterpillar

Bob Deason, J. Ray McDermott






Golf Tournament

with a duck but luckily for Rod there is no photographic evidence! Beijing next year sounds very exciting and we look forward to seeing you all there.

Thinking about playing golf in Venice conjures up some strange images in one’s the same way that a brass plaque with “Autoscuola” (Driving School) on a building gives one pause for thought. But this year’s PIH Golf Tournament was yet another outstanding success. The tournament was played at the Circolo Golf Venezia course, and what started out as a cold, damp day (including a brief skirmish with swarms of mosquitoes) ended with bright sunshine. The winning team was captained by the host sponsor Phil Bond, who also picked up the trophy for men’s nearest the pin! We heard a rumour that Rod Hardy had a slight tousle

Worldwide Machinery

Tennis Tournament

IPLOCA’s tennis players were treated to another great event sponsored by Worldwide Machinery on Lido Island. In addition to playing tennis participants enjoyed both breakfast and lunch – the latter at the famous Harry’s Dolci, conveniently located just a short walk from the hotel.



Thanks to our Sponsors Special Functions:

5. Cannaregio & the

The First Time Attendees Cocktails

Jewish Ghetto

Pipeline & Gas Journal and Ozzie’s

RMS Welding Systems

Pipeline Padder, Inc. (co-sponsorship)

6. Castello to Rialto Bridge

The Welcome Party

Max Streicher GmbH & Co

Dodsal Group

7. The Brenta River

President’s Dinner

Goriziane S.p.A.

Land and Marine Project Engineering Ltd.

8. Classic Venice Tour &

Directors & Wives Dinner

Gondola Serenade (for

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers and


Car for Lottery

Bonatti S.p.A. (co-sponsorship)

ShawCor Ltd.

Welspun Corp. Ltd.

Former Presidents’ Cocktails

9. Music at the time of the Republic incl.

Photographers at the convention

Entrepose Contracting

an afternoon concert

Vermeer Corporation

The CRC-Evans Luncheon

Lincoln Electric and Tekfen Construction

Convention Photo CD PTPS

CRC-Evans Pipeline International and

and Installation Co., Inc. (co-sponsorship)

Applus RTD Group (co-sponsorship)

10. Dorsoduro Tour & visit to a gondola

Printing of Pocket Programme

The Caterpillar Evening




RMS Welding Systems

Laurini Officine Meccaniche

Printing of Final Banquet Menu Goriziane S.p.A.

Fireworks Convention / IPLOCA Functions:

Printing of Attendance List

The Spy Ladies Brunch

Registration Desk

Pipeline & Gas Journal

Pipeline Inspection


Russian Simultaneous Translation Argus Limited

Members & Associate Members Cocktails

Welcome Drinks at Registration

Volvo Construction Equipment


Meet & Greet at the Airport

Members & Associate Members Menu

Shuttle Boat Service

Fluor and ARB Inc. (co-sponsorship)


Lastechniek Europa bv

Boats Back to the Airport

Members & Associate Members Wine

Internet Centre


UniversalPegasus International, Inc.

Consolidated Contractors Company (C.C.C.)

A/V + Transport to Cini Foundation

The John Fabick Cocktail Party

Coffee breaks at Open General Meetings

for OGM (Thursday)

Pipeline Machinery Int’l

C.A.T. International Ltd.

Techint Engineering & Construction A/V + Transport to Cini Foundation

Music for “Dancing ‘til Dawn”

Registration Bags for the Gentlemen

Zakhem Int’l Construction Ltd.

ShawCor Ltd.

for OGM (Friday)

Open Bar for “Dancing ‘til Dawn”

Registration Bags for the Ladies

Erciyas Steel Pipe

Jindal Saw Ltd.

Zakhem Int’l Construction Ltd.

Convention Fund Contributions

PIH Golf Tournament

Bottled mineral water for all tours


Pipeline Induction Heat

Trencor/Astec Underground and

WWM Tennis Tournament

American Augers (co-sponsorship)

Worldwide Machinery

Wine at Final Banquet

Insight Guide to San Francisco

Willbros Group, Inc.

Maats Pipeline Equipment

Tour Programme:


Flowers at Final Banquet

Liebherr Model

Ledcor Pipeline Limited


and Torcello

Band at Final Banquet


CPP China Petroleum Pipeline Bureau

Nacap B.V.


2. Classic Venice Tour & Gondola Serenade

Entertainment at Final Banquet



HABAU Hoch- und Tiefbaugesellschaft and


3. Eighteenth Century Venice

PPS Pipeline Systems (co-sponsorship)

Petro-Force SICIM

1. Islands of the Lagoon: Murano, Burano

Salzgitter Mannesmann International GmbH

Audio Visual at Final Banquet

4. Islands of the Lagoon: Murano, Burano

Vacuworx Int’l and Specialty Polymer

Champagne at the final banquet

and Torcello

Coatings, Inc. (co-sponsorship)


PWT S.p.A.



IPLOCA Health & Safety Award

This submission clearly shows a company committed to and delivering improvements within its safety performance and systems.

Sponsored by Chevron

Nacap BV, represented

The IPLOCA Health and Safety Award sponsored by

Working in Partnership

Chevron was presented in Venice.

program. This submission

by Victor Aquina, for their

shows an excellent example John Truhe of Chevron addressed the members of the

of top management

audience about “Radical Changes to Improve Safety” and


Adam Wynne Hughes, IPLOCA HSE Committee Chairman, presented the Health & Safety Statistics submitted by

SNC-Lavalin, for their

IPLOCA companies. John then presented the awards.

HSE Risk Assessment and Mitigation Plan: 3-Month Look-Ahead tool. The look-ahead tool for risk assessment contained within this submission caught the judges’ attention as a method for significant improvement in safety performance. IPLOCA congratulates all those who participated in the 2009 Health and Safety Award sponsored by Chevron for their commitment to Health and Safety. We encourage continuing efforts and applications for the next Health and Safety Award to be announced in 2011.

The Adjudication Committee had selected J. Ray McDermott, represented by Bob Deason, in recognition of their work on their company’s HSES Intranet.

October Novel Construction Meeting in Geneva Thirty-three people from 29 companies attended the

In determining the winner the Committee found:

Novel Construction Plenary Session held in Geneva

-- a clear demonstration of leadership

on 27 and 28 October with the purpose of developing

-- a reduction in accidents and lost days

the Second Edition of “Onshore Pipelines: The Road

-- simple use of intranet to link a safety improvement

to Success”.

scheme to operations -- good communication across the company

General comments and specific feedback were discussed,

-- involvement of staff to help drive towards the

as well as the need to more actively engage clients.

commitment to “Zero”

Participants also highlighted the importance of the

-- a model that could easily be used by others

presence of Shell, represented by Fred Williams from the Netherlands who has just joined the ECPS Group.

In further recognition of its members’ commitment to health and safety IPLOCA named three runners-up:

Between this meeting and the next Plenary Session, to take place in Geneva on 9-10 March 2011, a series of

Larsen & Toubro Ltd,

conference calls and other meetings will be held with

represented by C.

the work groups that make up the Initiative.

Chokkalingam, Chitta Ranjan Sahoo and Krishna

Regular Members and Associate Members who

Nirmalya Sen, for their HSE

wish to contribute their expertise should contact

Management in the Bamer or

to Salaya pipeline project.



IPLOCA Environmental Award Sponsored by Shell Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to all the IPLOCA member companies who submitted entries for the IPLOCA Environmental Award sponsored by Shell.

In reviewing the entries, the Adjudication Committee found that this project: -- focuses on the behaviours of operators -- reduces fuel consumption and carbon emitted -- illustrates very clearly and simply the way diesel converts to carbon emitted into the environment -- benefits owners and users of heavy plant machinery, not the manufacturers -- teaches skills applicable to all types of plant and manufacturers

The Award was presented during the annual Convention held in Venice in recognition of a significant achievement in

In recognition of its members’ commitment the

reducing the impact on the environment in the construction

Committee made further awards to three runners-up

of pipeline projects.

(in alphabetical order):

Loek Vreenegoor of Shell was on hand to make the

Hölscher Wasserbau

presentation and to address the members of the audience

GmbH, represented by

about Pipelines, HSE and Innovation.

Heinz Hölscher and Heinz Schwarte, for their Ground

The Environmental Award Adjudication Committee

water preservation using

selected Caterpillar as the winner for their Eco Operator

DCS©- Infiltration. The

Training program.

concept of reinjection of water back into the aquifer is considered an excellent method of minimising the impact of our construction activities. Max Streicher GmbH & Co. KG aA, represented by Harald Dresp and Siegmund Huber for their “In Cooperation with Nature” procedure (TerraBas technology). This simple product allows, in appropriate conditions, for a significant reduction in materials and resources used during pipeline construction for temporary access roads. It also shows

Marco Jannuzzi (left) and Dan Macholan (right) of Caterpillar

the benefits of reducing fuel consumption and carbon

receive the trophy and certificate from Loek Vreenegoor.

emissions through transportation reduction. Nacap BV, represented by Mark Roerink for their carbon footprint system. This is an excellent model of the measurement of carbon produced in the pipeline industry. IPLOCA congratulates all those who participated in the 2010 Environmental Award sponsored by Shell for their commitment to the protection of the environment. We encourage your applications for the next

Dan Macholan explaining the Eco Operator Training Program.

Environmental Award to be announced in 2012.




worked through various training exercises. Following are some of the comments received following the two days:

Communication Skills in an Intercultural Technical Environment

“The topics were very useful, dealing with concepts

Our second custom-designed training seminar for pipeline

“I was surprised by the intensity of the course.”

project managers, in cooperation with SNR Schouten

“All the participants were so open!”

International B.V. was held at the Sheraton Hotel at

“You think at first you don’t need training – that any

Schiphol Airport on 4-5 November.

miscommunication is coming from the others, but at the

and tools not commonly taught in our industry.”

end of two days you see that it is entirely in your control The meeting was attended by 17 pipeline managers from

to lead the communication.”

A. Hak International, C.C.C., Dhatec, HABAU, PPS Pipeline

“We learned to understand the different phases during

Systems, Rosen Europe BV, Techint, Sicim S.p.A., Max

a conflict.”

Streicher GmbH and Visser & Smit Hanab BV. Pipeline

“The course teaches you about yourself and where

managers from the Netherlands, UAE, Belgium, Austria,

you stand.”

Germany, Peru, Italy and the United Kingdom spent two

“We saw how we could turn lose-lose situations into

days together and experienced some surprises as they

win-win situations just by asking simple questions.”

“Sometimes losing a game doesn’t mean you lose the match…That is something that I had never considered before.”




and Ce nal Training

 Regio


Centers (e.

Informational Meeting on Training for Sideboom and Machine Operators On Tuesday, 26 October, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in

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¾ Practical / theore over is always tical training and hand incl. in the offe dealer is nor r. The local mally respon sible, becaus of the langua e ge, the contac t to the contractor, etc.

Geneva, IPLOCA offered an informational meeting with lls practical ski Training of

presentations from IPLOCA Associate Members willing to provide customised operator training to the IPLOCA membership.

¾ This activit y can (some times must) supported by be Volvo, i.e. for big projects like pipe line s.

Ruud Kronenburg from Caterpillar University, Johannes Mayr from Maats and Liebherr and Lars Inge Larsson from Volvo

¾ The local dea ler trainers get yearly an invitation from Volvo to take ”Train-the-Tra part in a iner” event. This updates our Dealers on all produc t news, new models, etc Volvo

nce at the Work experie t center outdoor tes

Construction Equipment each presented the opportunities for

Catterpillar C Operator  Training

customised operator training on their company’s equipment.

Construction Equipment Operator Traini ng 4 26-10-2010

Companies attending the meeting included Bonatti, Habau, Nacap, PPS, Spiecapag, Technip and Tekfen.


IPLOCA Training Meetin

The presentations made by Caterpillar, Liebherr and Volvo

va 26 October 2010 ‐ Gene

at the meeting can be downloaded from the Training section rsity

g ‐ Caterpillar Unive Ruud A. Kronenbur © Caterpillar Inc.



of the IPLOCA website:

Thanks for Your Support of the Lottery…

and WaterAid!

are currently 884 million (roughly 1 in 8) people worldwide living without access to a supply of safe clean water to drink and more than 2.5 billion living without a safe place to

More than EUR 17,000 was raised in Venice for Adam

go to the toilet. Without these basic services 4,000 children

Wynne Hughes’ chosen charity, WaterAid. Thanks to

die needlessly from diarrhoea every day and communities

Welspun CEO Lauri Malkki who provided the car, and

remain trapped in a cycle of poverty and disease.

to you, our generous attendees, who purchased lottery tickets, we were able to make this significant donation

As well as improvements in health, access to water and

to WaterAid.

sanitation close to home means that children can attend school, no longer prevented by illness or because of time

Adam and Lauri received a letter of thanks from WaterAid

spent collecting water, and communities have more time

Chief Executive, Barbara Frost, in which she explained the

for income generating activities, such as growing crops

organisation’s ambitious new Global strategy that aims to

and vegetables to eat or sell. Over the past year WaterAid

reach 25 million people directly with access to water and

have worked with 400 partners across Africa and Asia to

sanitation and 100 million through their influencing and

improve the lives of almost 1 million people with access to

advocacy work.

safe water and 1.2 million people with access to sanitation and we have ambitious plans to reach millions more in the

WaterAid enables the world’s poorest people to gain access

years to come.

to safe water and sanitation. Together with improved hygiene, these basic human rights underpin health,

WaterAid works with local partners, who understand local

education and livelihoods, forming the first essential step

issues, and provides them with the skills and support

in overcoming poverty. Just EUR 17 is enough to enable

to help communities set up and manage practical and

one person to gain access to a lasting supply of safe water

sustainable projects that meet their real needs. We

and sanitation, meaning that the support of IPLOCA will

strive to ensure sustainability in every area by involving

have a huge impact on WaterAid’s lifesaving work. Life

communities at each stage of the process, right through

without these basic amenities is hard to imagine, but there

from the initial planning to the ongoing maintenance

Left: Mozambique (Photo: WaterAid/Therese Mahon) Right: Group of women mechanics next to a handpump, Mahoba district of Uttar Pradesh, India (Photo: WaterAid/Marco Betti)



of facilities, as well as by using technologies that are

from unhygienic sources such as unprotected wells,

appropriate to local needs. In Mozambique, for example,

swamps or rivers. WaterAid’s partners train and support

where there are currently 12 million people living without

local people to maintain the pumps and in some cases

a supply of safe water, and sanitation coverage is just 32%,

even manufacture them.

WaterAid have been promoting use of the rope pump – a simple technology that can be made and maintained using

The rope pump can be operated by the whole family and

easy to find materials such as rope and bicycle wheels.

is also used by communities for small scale agriculture and watering cattle. Awa Saide from Lione village in

In many communities in Mozambique, people regularly

Mozambique tells us how commuity life has changed

have to travel great distances to collect safe water or use

since installing their rope pump: “We had a traditional

contaminated sources nearby, leaving them vulnerable to

well on the edge of the swamp before we got this well,

disease and, in many cases, death. Hand pumps are often

but the water was very bad. This water has changed our

the preferred method of collecting water in Mozambique

lives dramatically. We can drink clean water. We have fewer

but in remote communities, when a hand pump breaks,

problems with sickness. When we are stronger we can

people are often too far away from the nearest town and

work harder. It is easier to cut the grass for my roof and cut

find it difficult to find, or afford, spare parts. This can result

more to sell.” The women each have a spanner and their

in days or weeks without safe water.

village water committee keeps spares like washers, nuts and bolts etc for simple repairs which they do themselves

To help solve this problem, WaterAid uses funding

in their villages. Then a big toolkit is kept at the partner

from supporters like IPLOCA to develop and pilot easily

office to use on large repairs, when they go to villages

maintained technologies such as the rope pump to supply

together and work in teams to take the pump apart.

clean water to communities in need around the world. The most common problem with a rope pump is a broken

Find out more about WaterAid’s work and how you

rope and even in the remotest areas this is affordable and

can get involved at WaterAid is a

easy to find. Because the rope pump is quick and easy to

registered charity, number 288701 (England and Wales)

fix, communities don’t need to revert to collecting water

and SC039479 (Scotland).

Vivaldi, the Chiquitos and the Old Pipeliner Submitted by Jean-Guy Rames This is the story of a strange encounter between -- The ‘Chiquitos’ (“little ones” in Spanish), inhabitants of Chiquitania, a remote province at the border of the Amazonian forest in Bolivia -- The Jesuit missionaries, who in the 17th and the 18th centuries wanted to convert these sparse populations to Christianity, protect them from slavery and prove that they were as good and sophisticated as any other people in Europe, and for this purpose built settlements

San Ignacio de Velasco, the main city of the province (about 10,000 in-

known as ‘Reducciones de Indios’ or ‘Missions’ where the

habitants) there are sculptures of violins and violinists in the squares.

Amerindians were regrouped -- A retired pipeliner still looking to be useful after having been well served during his professional life on the pipeline trails.

population the arts of painting, sculpture, European music and the practice of self-government. All this ended tragically when these promoters of the “Republics of God”,


Many of you will recall the movie “Mission” which related

were expelled in 1767 by the Kings of Spain and Portugal,

the thrilling adventures of these Jesuits, coming from

who had become concerned by their political influence.

Germany, Switzerland and northern Italy with the highest In

Then, nearly all the Missions were destroyed, or at best,

background in arts and technology, teaching the indigenous

abandoned and left to fall into ruins.


Bolivia is the only country where these Missions were

Our purpose was not only to upgrade the technical level

more or less safeguarded, although largely forgotten by

of the pupils but also to open them up to other types of

everybody but the native population. However, the Jesuit

classical music. As a testimony to the hard work undertaken

teaching remained alive within these small communities

during this fortnight, we held a splendid concert with 65

and when, in the 1970s, the rehabilitation of these splendid

musicians playing Vivaldi, Rameau, Corelli and Satie in the

churches and villages began under the patronage of

packed Cathedral of San Ignacio de Velasco.

UNESCO, it was also discovered that the baroque music taught 300 years ago was still practiced by local people

The energy of these young musicians, the spectacular

who were preserving the manuscripts composed by

progress they had made over such a short period of time

their ancestors.

and the pride of their parents were incredibly rewarding. I had also brought with me a considerable amount of sheet

So where does the old pipeliner fit into this story?

music, strings, and small tools for the maintenance of their

Two years ago, I was travelling in these remote areas on

instruments. We have now established a library of sheet

bad roads and rough tracks and discovered the tremendous

music available to every school. Obviously this cannot be

passion that these people have for classical music. These

just a one short exercise. Continuity is now an expectation

humble families proudly send their children to the local

from everyone over here. I am working on it.

schools of music. As an example, in the small hamlet of Santa Ana, where 74 families are living, the school has

I will return to Chiquitania before the end of the year to

47 pupils and some of them are quite exceptional. I know

see how we can make further progress, but for this, I will

one excellent young violinist who had to walk several

need some help from a budget standpoint. I am hoping to

kilometers each day in order to attend his music class!

offer scholarships for the best students to train in Europe

These schools have very limited resources –lack of good

or the Americas. Any help would be deeply appreciated

instruments, lack of strings and sheet music, and

by the students and their families. Social development for

a particularly serious lack of high level teaching for the

the benefit of local populations is rightfully considered an

best musicians.

essential in combination with our onsite activities.

I managed to convince some French musicians from the

I would like also to invite you to visit these places. They

classical quartet Quatuor Tournières (part of the Orchestra

are unique and so charming. There are good hotels and

of Normandy (and also professors in their discipline) to

friendly people in San Ignacio and Concepción. The cost of

teach their art to these passionate but remotely located

living is low, compared to European standards with a good

musicians. With the financial support of some friends I was

meal available for EUR 3.00! The roads are a bit rough but

able to organize classes for six schools and some 80 young

nothing that would surprise a pipeliner.

musicians from five different villages. The classes were held on an individual basis for the most advanced students

My nickname here is Juanito. If you say you are a friend of

and the other students were taught in groups. While the

Juanito, the welcome will be even better and you will be

organization of the logistics and the musical programme

treated to a special serenade!

was challenging, I received very enthusiastic support from local teachers as well as from the local authorities


including the bishop.

Jean-Guy Rames alias Juanito (



In the Headlines Pipeline Proposal Picks Up Opponents In CO, UT

Ecopetrol picks 7 partners for Colombia pipeline Ecopetrol has chosen seven partners led by Canadian oil companies, Pacific Rubiales (PRE.TO) and Petrominerales (PMG.TO) to work on a $4.2 billion project to build an oil

Opponents of a $3 billion plan to pipe water from

pipeline, Colombia’s state oil company said on Thursday.

southwest Wyoming to Colorado now have lined up

Ecopetrol will hold 55 percent of the shares in the project

opponents in three states. It appears that opposition is

which will also involve Hocol, Rancho Hermoso - Canacol

mounting to the proposal to tap water from the Green

Energy (CNE.V), Grupo C&C Energia and Vetra Exploracion

River, and the Flaming Gorge Reservoir it feeds, to help

y Produccion each with less than 1 percent share. The

supply Colorado’s populous Front Range. The Rock Springs

pipeline will run from Llanos Orientales, where a major

Rocket-Miner reports that local officials in Utah, and

part of Colombia’s oil is extracted, to the Caribbean port of

environmental groups in Colorado, have joined opposition

Covenas and will be completed in three phases by 2012.

in southwest Wyoming. Concerns include fears that taking

Latin America’s No. 4 oil producer, Colombia has

water from the river or Flaming Gorge Reservoir would

seen petroleum investment soar since 2002 when the

hurt tourism and recreation. The Army Corps of Engineers

government began a U.S.-backed drive against FARC

says a study of the pipeline plan won’t be ready until 2016.

guerrillas. Violence has eased allowing access to oil areas, 14 November 2010

once off limits due to security. Reuters, 11 November 2010

Turkey to pump water to north Cyprus annually and irrigation water to the Turkish Republic of Northern

Minsk to pay for test pumping of Venezuelan oil through Ukraine

Cyprus. Turkey’s Environment and Forestry Minister Veysel

Belarus will pay costs related to a test pumping of

Eroglu announced that the Turkish government pressed

Venezuelan oil for its needs through the Odesa-Brody oil

the button for a massive project to supply drinking and

pipeline scheduled for November 17, First Vice Premier

irrigation water to Northern Cyprus. The project foresees

Andriy Kliuyev has reported. “The scheduled date of test

the transportation of water to be collected in a dam at

pumping is November 17. The issue has been solved - the

the Mediterranean region to TRNC through a suspension

customer will pay,” he told reporters in Kyiv. Earlier, First

pipeline --1.5m in diameter-- 250 metres under the water.

Vice Premier of Belarus Vladimir Semashko said that the

Eroglu told reporters that the project was developed in

trial pumping of 80,000 tonnes of oil through the Odesa-

2.5 years and was planned to be completed in 4 years.

Brody pipeline in the direct regime from Ukraine to Belarus

He said the construction of the Alakopru Dam around

will be performed on November 17. According to him,

Anamur has already started. He said after the completion

this is the oil bought in Venezuela and supplied to Belarus

of the dam, the land pipeline that would carry the water to

under swap terms. “Other oil, not Venezuelan oil, will be

the Mediterranean would be constructed.

pumped through the pipeline,” said Semashko. Belarusian, 13 November 2010

and Ukrainian officials signed a contract in Minsk on

Turkey plans to pump 75 million cubic metres of drinking

October 25 to organize test oil pumping through the

Bulgaria’s Cabinet approves joint venture for South Stream

Odesa-Brody pipeline in the direct mode. It is planned that the oil will be pumped into the pipeline at Ukraine’s Yuzhny port and then transported through the Odesa-Brody and

Three days before the official visit by Russian Prime

the southern section of the Druzhba pipeline to Mozyr

Minister Vladimir Putin to Sofia, Bulgaria’s Cabinet

oil refinery.

approved the setting up of a joint venture to build and, 11 November 2010

operate the Bulgarian section of the South Stream natural gas pipeline. The new business will be registered in Bulgaria and will be controlled on an equal-equity basis by

Suppliers key for Nabucco development

state-held Bulgarian Energy Holding (BEH) and Russian gas

Clinching natural gas contracts from potential supplier

major Gazprom. The joint venture’s capital will be sufficient

nations is key for plans to start building the Nabucco

to cover the respective stage of the project’s development,

pipeline, an official said from Vienna. European backers

Energy Minister Traicho Traikov said without saying

of the planned Nabucco natural gas pipeline are courting

whether BEH will provide part of the funds.

non-Russian gas suppliers to help break the Kremlin’s grip, 11 November 2010



› continued on page 24

Upcoming Conferences Pipeline Coating 2011

Iran PipeTech 2011

7-9 February 2011

3rd Iranian Pipe & Pipeline Conference

Vienna, Austria

24-25 May 2011

Tehran, Iran

ASME India Oil & Gas Pipeline Conference 3-5 February, 2011

Pipe Tech World Summit 2011

Marriott Hotel, Goa, India

June 2011

Rome, Italy

Pipeline Pigging & Integrity Management (PPIM) 14-17 February 2011

Moscow International Oil & Gas Exhibition

Houston, TX, USA

21-23 June 2011

Moscow, Russia

PLCA 63rd Annual Conference 22-26 February 2011

Atlantic Canada Petroleum Show

Maui, Hawaii, USA

June 22-23, 2011

St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada

DCA 50 Annual Convention th

1-6 March 2011 Fajardo, Puerto Rico GASTECH March 21 - 24, 2011 The Netherlands

45th IPLOCA Annual Convention

12-16 September 2011 Beijing, China

Conexpo - CON/AGG

22-26 March 2011 Las Vegas, USA

Oil Sands Trade Show and Conference

September 13-14, 2011 Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada

Hannover Messe

4-8 April 2011 Hannover, Germany

7th China International Pipeline Exhibition 2011

17-19 September 2011 Beijing, China

6 Pipeline Technology Conference th

4-5 April 2011 Hannover, Germany

Global Petroleum Show

June 12-14, 2012 Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Pipe Line Contractors Association of

Canada 57 Annual Convention th

11-15 April 2011

International Pipeline Exposition

Maui, Hawaiï

September 25-27, 2012

Calgary, Alberta, Canada



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In Memoriam

on the energy sector. Moscow, however, has been lobbying

Billy Lebold “Bill” Harbert

for a better energy relationship with Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan, seen as influential energy players in Central

Bill Harbert, well known to many

Asia. Christian Dolezal, a spokesman for the Nabucco

IPLOCA members, and 1st Vice

consortium, told Bloomberg News from Vienna that

President of IPLOCA from 2000-

suppliers were the backbone of the project.

2001, passed away peacefully on, 10 November 2010

Sunday, June 27, 2010.

Feds Remind Pipeline Operators to share Emergency Response Plans The federal agency responsible for oversight of the nation’s oil and gas pipelines has issued an advisory bulletin reminding pipeline operators that they need to make their emergency response plans available to local emergency response officials. Such information sharing is necessary, the agency said, because many pipelines go through public areas., 8 November 2010

Mr. Harbert was born on July 21, 1923 in Indianola, Mississippi. He participated in the formation of Harbert Construction Corporation in 1949, eventually serving as Executive Vice President until 1979. He then became President and Chief Operating Officer of Harbert International Incorporated from 1979 until July 1990. During this time he was instrumental in starting the international operations of Harbert Construction Company, which the company became famous for, eventually performing projects in South

Surat-Paradip Gas pipeline to cover four Chhattisgarh districts The 1,500-km proposed Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) pipeline from Gujarat’s Surat city to Orissa’s port city Paradip would pass through four districts of Chhattisgarh, a state government statement said Saturday. The Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) plans to begin the construction work soon with a target to

America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. In 1993 he formed his own company and continued in projects all over the world, as well as some of the most recognized buildings in Birmingham. Mr. Harbert served as President of the Pipe Line Contractors Association (PLCA) in 1979.

complete the Rs.6,000 crore-project by 2014, the statement said, quoting details of a presentation made by PNGRB chairman L. Mansingh to Chief Minister Raman Singh here recently. Mansingh said 150 km of the total 1,500-km pipeline project will pass through Rajnandgaon, Durg, Raipur and Mahasamund districts. Sify, 13 November 2010

IPLOCA Yearbook The Yearbook is once again in members’ hands and has been



distributed worldwide

Congratulations to Barry Brown Congratulations are due to Barry L. Brown, who will retire on 31 December 2010 after 34 years of dedication and commitment to the

the field of pipeline companies. Do not hesitate to send us the addresses of the persons to whom you wish us to send the



pipeline industry in Canada.

IPLOCA Yearbook. Please

His friends and colleagues

be sure to also send a copy to

held a celebration reception and dinner for Barry on 30 November, 2010 at the Oakville Conference Center in Oakville, Ontario.


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