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The oil and gas industry is experiencing unprecedented market forces, including the first 'negative' price for a barrel of oil, energy demand decreasing, and most oil and gas industry staff still not back in their offices. Every company, and its workers in this industry, will be affected both in the short-term and long-term. How is the industry surviving in these difficult times? How do key players see the future? This webinar, hosted by Dr. Phil Hopkins, is the second of the series focusing on the pipeline business. Dr. Hopkins will exchange with pipeline operators and experts from around the world on how they are managing their assets during the current crisis and how they see the future. The questions posed will give an insight into what the operators' priorities are and how the industry might change for its staff.

Our webinar will be presented on June 23, 2020 at 8 am and 3 pm BST

Presented by:

Dr. Phil Hopkins
Phil Hopkins Ltd.

Dr. Phil Hopkins is a consulting engineer with more than 35 years’ experience in pipeline engineering. Phil formed his consultancy company in 2015, after being Technical Director with Penspen Ltd in the UK, and previously Managing Director of Andrew Palmer and Associates, in the UK.

He has worked with most of the major oil and gas companies and pipeline companies around the world, providing consultancy on management, business, design, maintenance, inspection, risk analysis and safety, and failure investigations. He is the past-chairman of the ASME Pipeline Systems Division, and is a Fellow of ASME. More than 15,000 engineers and technical personnel around the world have attended his courses. He also teaches extensively (as a Visiting Professor) on masters’ programmes at Newcastle and Northumbria Universities in the UK.


Dr. Thomas Hüwener
Open Grid Europe GmbH, The Gas Wheel, Germany
Member of the Board of Management, Open Grid Europe GmbH

After having successfully completed the master's and doctoral studies at Bochum and Essen Faculties of Mechanical Engineering and Texas A&M University, Thomas Hüwener specialized in the fields of energy technology / systems and environmental engineering.

In 1997, he took over a position as a research assistant at the Institute of Turbomachinery at Essen University. In 2001, he joined E.ON Ruhrgas AG as a section manager in the Technical Applications Department, followed by several positions in the Pipeline Technology Department and, in 2006, became head of the department first with E.ON Ruhrgas AG and from 2010 onwards with Open Grid Europe. In March 2013, he was appointed to the Board of Management of Open Grid Europe GmbH and, in October 2013, he was nominated Vice President of the DVGW (German Gas and Water Industry Association).


Harry MacPherson
MacPherson Integrity Solutions, Malaysia

Harry has over 37 years’ of experience in pipeline engineering, integrity management, and project management. He began his career as a plant inspector in the nuclear industry with Atomic Energy of Canada.

After completing a Masters in Metallurgical Engineering in 1983, he moved to the pipeline world and worked for 17 years in design, project management and operations with Canadian-based Nova/TransCanada Pipelines working in Canada, Asia, and South America. He started as an Integrity Engineer, later worked as a Project Engineer, and then was given leadership roles up to the Technical Director level in Operations. In 2000, Harry decided to move from Pipeline Operations to Consulting. Since then, he has been based in Malaysia, initially as Regional Manager and Principal Consultant for the pipeline integrity consulting services of GE/PII, and later Penspen. Since 2015, he has advised the pipeline industry on a freelance basis.


Eric Jas
Strategy & Development Manager, Atteris, Australia

Eric Jas (FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER APEC) is a civil engineer with more than 30 years' experience in the pipeline industry, both subsea as well as onshore. In his career to date he has worked for pipeline construction contractors, engineering design consultancies, as well as offshore oil and gas operators. His geographical experience covers Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Europe and North America. Eric is the founder of Engineering Services Provider Atteris Pty Ltd in Perth Australia and Atteris LLC in Houston USA. Eric is the chair of the Australian Submarine Pipeline Standard Subcommittee and a member of the International Qualification Panel for the Pipeline Industry.


Fabian Sanchez
OCP Ecuador

Fabián Sánchez is the Engineering Manager of OCP Ecuador. He has more than 15 years of service at NACE International, becoming the Director for Latin America from 2013-2016. He is also the Director of the technical committee of SLOM (Latin American Society of Operators for Monobuoys and Maritime Petroleum Terminals).

Fabián has more than 30 years’ experience in corrosion control and integrity management of facilities. He has presented several works in different international forums such as NACE International Congresses, SLOM, Río Pipeline, ARPEL, Pipeline Pigging and Integrity Conference, etc. He has taught several courses and workshops on corrosion control, integrity management, and strategic planning for operating company members in Latin America.


Alvaro Quintero
Shell, Brunei

Alvaro Quintero is a Mechanical Engineer with 25 years’ experience in Maintenance, Reliability Centered Maintenance, Technical Integrity, Operation Readiness and Asset Engineering Support. Alvaro has spent 18 years at Shell with experience in Venezuela, Middle East, West Africa and South Asia.


Mohd Nazmi bin Mohd Ali Napiah
Custodian (Pipeline Integrity)/ Group Technical Authority (GTA)/ Head of Pipeline Eng., Group Technical Solutions (GTS), Project Delivery & Technology, PETRONAS

Mohd Nazmi has started his career as Executive (Pipeline) under Transmission Operation Division (TOD) (now known as Gas Transportation & Regassification Division), PETRONAS Gas Berhad (PGB). He has since been delivering optimal engineering solutions for key pipeline projects and initiatives including his appointment as Principal (Pipeline Integrity)/Head of Pipeline, TOD-PGB in October 2008. Subsequently, he was appointed as Custodian (Pipeline Integrity) cum Group Technical Authority, GTS in August 2012.

Mohd Nazmi is instrumental in hands-on and diverse operations and project management in oil and gas industry, particularly in offshore and onshore pipelines. His focus is on pipeline design and integrity management systems as well as key business performance improvements.

On the professional front, he is the Vice-Chairman of Malaysia’s ISO Standard Technical Committee 67 – Pipeline Transportation since 2015, and Leader of Study Group 3 of International Gas Union’s (IGU) Transmission Committee in Triennium 2015-2018. Within PETRONAS, he is the Chairman of Technology Readiness Level Committee 3 – Transport & Materials and recently appointed as Advisor of Skill Group 11 – Civil, Structure & Pipeline. He has been active delivering technical papers worldwide on various topics concerning pipeline integrity, operation and maintenance.

Mohd Nazmi graduated with BSc. in Petroleum Engineering from University of Wyoming, Wyoming, USA.


Tisha Schuller
Principal, Adamantine Energy

Tisha Schuller founded Adamantine Energy to provide thought leadership to future-proof energy businesses against rising social risk. Tisha consults private clients from Fortune 500 energy companies to non-profit environmental organizations in managing disruption, energy policy, business strategy, politics, and community engagement. She also serves as the Strategic Advisor for Stanford University’s Natural Gas Initiative. In 2017, Tisha chaired Stanford’s symposium to reduce energy poverty in the developing world using natural gas.

Previously, she served as President & CEO of the Colorado Oil & Gas Association and as Principal and Vice President with Tetra Tech, a national environmental consulting and engineering firm. She has a B.S. from Stanford University. Tisha serves on many academic and non-profit boards including The Breakthrough Institute, The Energy for Growth Hub and The Denver Museum of Nature & Science Institute for Science & Policy Strategic Council. She is also a member of the National Petroleum Council, an advisory board to the U.S. Secretary of Energy under both the Obama and Trump administrations. Tisha’s book, “Accidentally Adamant”, was published in 2018. Tisha authors a weekly series entitled “Both of These Things Are True”.


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