IPLOCA Meets In Beijing

By Catherine Watkins, Contributing Editor | November 2011, Vol. 66 No. 11

Qingxun Chen, Vice President of China Petroleum Pipeline Bureau (CPP), pointed out that China’s pipeline construction is expected to peak in the next 10 years, with more than 33,000 miles of pipeline planned within the next five years, specifically large diameter and high grade steel pipes, LNG and offshore projects. Chen said that offshore pipeline in China currently measures only 186 miles but will increase to 930 miles when three current deepwater projects are completed.

Over $20,000 was raised for charity by the lottery for a car sponsored by Volvo Construction Equipment and Renault Trucks to benefit HOPE’87, Trauner’s chosen charity this year.

Awards
The IPLOCA Health and Safety Award sponsored by Chevron was presented in recognition of a significant achievement in this area. Adam Wynne Hughes, IPLOCA HSE Committee Chairman, made a presentation on Health & Safety statistics and the Committee presented the Award to SNC-Lavalin, represented by Melody Kratsios, in recognition of their FOCUS Task Cards. IPLOCA named three runners-up: Land & Marine with National Grid (jointly) for Targeting Zero Accidents through World Class Safety Leadership, Max Streicher for their Water - Principle of All Things program and McDermott International for their Zero Hand Injury program.

The first IPLOCA Corporate Social Responsibility Award was presented in recognition of an initiative aimed at improving the living conditions of the people in communities impacted by the pipeline industry. The committee presented the Award to GDK S.A., represented by Samuel Barbosa, in recognition of their assistance in refurbishing and maintaining a bakery to support people with special needs. IPLOCA named two runners-up: Kalpataru Power Transmission Ltd., for their Save the Tiger campaign and McDermott International, for their Batam Social Investments and Activities.

The 2011 IPLOCA New Technologies Award sponsored by BP was presented in recognition of a significant achievement in the development of new pipeline technologies. Osman Birgili, Chairman of the Committee, presented the Award to Laurini Officine Meccaniche S.r.l., represented by Marco Laurini, in recognition of their Seam Aligner Clamp. Three runners-up were recognized: Bredero Shaw for the Thermolite ULTRA Subsea Insulation System, CRC-Evans Pipeline International for its High Unround Line-Pipe Corrector Series: Internal Welding Machines and Copper Back-Up Clamps and New Generation Welding & Inspection Systems; and SPIECAPAG and Laurini Officine Meccaniche (jointly) for their Swamp Muletrax, Ultimate Multi-Purpose Tractor for Remote Swampy Areas.