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East Meets West At 46th IPLOCA Convention
Bruce Luberski, vice president for BP’s Global Project Organization, presented BP’s largest gas discovery, the Shah Deniz field. Luberski discussed the scope and challenges of these seven mega-projects which include over 3,000 km of pipeline chain and 26 subsea wells.
Further east, Andreas Kohler of ILF Consulting Engineers, discussed the Trans-Asia Gas Pipeline from Turkmenistan to China as well as the West to East pipelines.
New pipeline projects are attention-grabbing. However, Bill Hoff from Gulf Interstate Engineering Company and Edward Wiegele from Willbros Engineers reminded the delegates of the state of existing pipelines and the critical importance of maintaining the pipeline infrastructure. Other presentations included : consideration of the requirements for the design and commissioning of long distance slurry pipelines by Angus Patterson of Patterson & Cooke ; a case study on the construction of a slurry pipeline in Madagascar by Hisham Kawash of Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC) ; and a review of the Nord Stream Offshore Pipeline project by Daslav Brkic of Saipem, the main contractor of the most complex offshore pipeline ever built.
The IPLOCA Health and Safety Award, sponsored by Chevron, was presented in recognition of a significant achievement in this area. Adam Wynne Hughes, IPLOCA Health and Safety committee chair, reviewed the past year’s record and presented the award to Willbros in recognition of their “Investing in Safety” program using safety talismans to increase worker awareness. IPLOCA named two runners-up: Max Streicher for their Pocket Alarm and CCC for their “Innovation in Health and Safety Awareness and Communication” program.
The IPLOCA Environmental Award, sponsored by Shell, was presented in recognition of a step forward in pipeline construction that reduces the impact on the environment. The committee presented the award to CCC for their “Creativity in Waste Management” program which included turning trash into art or other useful objects (trash cans and benches).
During the convention, the association also elected the 2012-2013 Board of Directors.