IPLOCA celebrates 50 years in style

The International Pipe Line and Offshore Contractors Association (IPLOCA) has celebrated its 50-year anniversary in style at its annual convention held last month in Paris.

The event, hosted at Le Méridien Etoile, Paris from 12—16 September, was attended by 600 industry participants from more than 33 countries.

It was the first time the IPLOCA Convention has been held in Paris, despite the Association being established in the city on 20 June, 1966.

A series of technical sessions, meetings, social events, opportunities for networking and sharing ideas were held, as well as a series of award presentations.

The speakers from the Open General Meeting included TAP Deputy Project Director and Project Manager Ron Ottoway, on the European leg of the Southern Gas Corridor; Eric Courtalon from GRTgaz on the Los Ramones Sur Pipeline Project; IPLOCA HSE Committee Chairman Bruno Maerten who detailed the work of the group; and Continuum Capital’s Principal Mark Bridgers, with a case study presentation on operator and contractor alliance in pipeline construction.

Max Streicher GmbH & Co was awarded the IPLOCA Health and Safety Award, sponsored by Chevron, for its innovative, creative and visual education to workers about the dangers of jumping, called ‘Low jump – high risk: the jump scales initiative’, while Construtora Norberto Odebrecht and the SPIECAPAG-Lucas JV received a runner-up certificate.

Mr Maerten also presented the Environmental Award, sponsored by Shell, to Consolidated Contractors Group S.A.L. for its Portable Green Technologies, and a runner-up certificate to Saipem for the design and construction of the Chinipas Slope pipeline crossing.

The 2016 IPLOCA Excellence in Project Execution Award was presented to McConnell Dowell Group for the Fourth Transmission Pipeline Stage 2, while Punj Lloyd, Van Oord Offshore and an Australian joint venture of McConnell Dowell and Consolidated Contracting Company Australia (CCC), were recognised as runners-up.

The inaugural recipients of the IPLOCA Scholarship Programme were also announced at the Open General Meetings, with 20 people receiving a total of US$90,000 towards their chosen fields of study.

Submissions have opened for the 2017 scholarship program the deadline for applications is 27 January, 2017.

Digital versions of the presentations are available online.

Planning has already begun on the 2017 Convention, which will be held in September in Mexico City.

For more information visit the IPLOCA website.

If you have an event you would like covered in Pipelines International contact Assistant Editor Nick Lovering at nlovering@gs-press.com.au

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