The oil and gas industry is experiencing unprecedented market forces, including the first 'negative' price for a barrel of oil, the decrease in energy demand and the oil and gas majors cutting costs. Every company and its workers in this industry will be affected both in the short and long term. How is the industry surviving in these difficult times and how do key players see the future? This webinar, hosted by Dr. Phil Hopkins, will focus on the pipeline business and ask pipeline operators and experts from around the world 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, as well as the measures they are taking to ensure supply and security.
Our webinar will be presented on May 12, 2020 at 8 am and 3 pm BST.
On May 13, 2020 we will have a live Q&A session with the operators at 3 pm BST.
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.
Pipeline Knowledge LLC, USA
Tom Miesner of Pipeline Knowledge LLC, USA, has a deep midstream background as an operator, executive, business consultant, and board member. The first twenty-five years of Tom’s career were spent at Conoco, including serving as president of Conoco Pipe Line Company for seven years. He retired from ConocoPhillips to found a midstream consulting company – Pipeline Knowledge & Development – in 2004.
Tom has presented on a variety of topics at industry conferences and his first book, ‘Oil and Gas Pipelines in Non-Technical Language’, was released by Pennwell Publishing in March of 2006. Tom’s most recent book, ‘Natural Gas Local Distribution Lines in Nontechnical Language’ was published in 2016.
As Vice-President, Canada Gas Operations, Ms. Steeves is responsible for the safe, reliable operation and maintenance of TC Energy’s natural gas pipeline assets in Canada.
Ms. Steeves has 29 years of experience at TC Energy. She has held a variety of progressively senior roles within the natural gas pipelines and energy business units, including Vice-President, Projects; Director, Rocky Mountain Region; Manager, Project Risk and Management Services; and Manager of Projects. She also held positions in field operations, design engineering, system design and customer service.
Ms. Steeves has been very active with the Calgary and Area United Way, holding several positions including Campaign Chair for TC Energy’s corporate campaign. She is a volunteer with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientist of Alberta, providing guidance as a member of council, a mentor and a science presenter in local schools. She was also a Founder Board Member for Ag for Life from 2012 to 2015.
Ms. Steeves holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering and a General Management Certificate from the University of Calgary.
Marcelino Guedes Gomes
As a Mechanical Engineer from Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-RJ), Mr Gomes has gained his Masters in Civil Engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (COPPE/UFRJ) and his MBA in strategic Knowledge Management from PUC Paraná. He has also attended a specialization course in pipeline & terminals engineering from PETROBRAS.
He joined PETROBRAS in 1987 and worked in several Terminals and Pipelines in Brazil as well as the PETROBRAS’ Research Center – CENPES in the subsea engineering and later became responsible for the pipeline technology program (PRODUT).
He was Director of Pipelines & Terminals of PETROBRAS TRANSPORTE – TRANSPETRO, where he previously held the positions of technology manager and general manager - business development and partnerships. From 2008 to 2013, he held the position of Director-President of Abreu e Lima Refinery. Presently, he works as the Executive Manager of Pipeline Protection in TRANSPETRO.
He is also a member of the Pipeline Commission of the Brazilian Oil and Gas Institute (IBP), former Chair of the Pipeline Systems Division of the ASME, an elected ASME fellow, former President of ABENDI - Brazilian Society for Non-Destructive Testing and Inspection, Member of Industry Advisory Board – ASME, and presently President of the Pipeline Technology Center – CTDUT.
Gasunie Transport Services
Jeroen Zanting started his career with N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie nearly twenty years ago. At that time, Gasunie was an integrated gas company.
In the early years he was active in various roles in risk assessment and safety & integrity studies for natural gas pipelines and facilities.
Between 2006 and 2012, he held various management positions in the operations department. This was followed by a secondment as terminal manager to a Gasunie and Royal Dutch Vopak joint venture: Gate Terminal in Rotterdam. After four years, Jeroen became responsible for network operations with Gasunie Transport Services (the Dutch TSO).
In 2019, asset management and network planning was added to his responsibilities.
After graduation from Middle East Technical University Turkey, Polad Rustamov started working in the BTC pipeline construction project.
In July 2004, he joined BP in Azerbaijan as Junior Structural Engineering, where he was responsible for offshore facilities and pipeline integrity.
In 2012, he was promoted to Structural Integrity Team Leader.
In 2015, he joined the TANAP Project as Deputy Project Director and was promoted to Project Director in 2016.
He successfully managed the engineering, construction and commissioning of a 56’’ and 48’’ 1850 km Mega Project, the longest section of Southern Gas Corridor.
After completion of the project, he was promoted to the CTO position and is responsible for providing technical support to this major gas transportation pipeline.