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WHO SHOULD ATTEND

This Conference Has Been Designed To Deliver Strategies And Techniques For:

  • CEOs
  • COOs
  • VPs of Operations
  • VPs of Pipeline Integrity
  • Leak Detection Directors
  • SCADA Directors
  • Operation Control Center Directors
  • Pipeline Inspection Specialists
  • Chief Technical Officers
  • Corrosion Technicians
  • Leak Detection Engineers
  • DOT Compliance Specialists
  • Directors of EHS
  • Senior Asset Integrity Engineers & Specialists

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Agenda

08:30     Virtual Event Platform Opens. Login & familiarize yourself with the platform features and introduce yourself to other participants.

 

08:50    Welcome Introduction From Senior ABC Director.

Implementing The Latest Internal Inspection Technologies & Approaches That Allow You To Detect & Mitigate Leaks On Gathering Lines  & Smaller Diameter Pipelines

Gathering systems and smaller diameter pipelines pose a unique challenge. With more stringent regulatory requirements, how are companies overcoming the inspection challenges to mitigate pipeline corrosion & leaks?
 

OPENING PANEL: OPTIMAL APPROACHES FOR GATHERING AND SMALL DIAMETER PIPELINES

09:00    Developing The Optimal Approaches To Inspecting Pipelines

 In this opening panel, we hear the industry's view on how operators can best maintain and secure their gathering infrastructure and transmission lines, including smaller diameter pipelines. As more lines fall under regulation, what are the practical steps operators can take to protect their infrastructure?

Insights on Implementing Best Practices & New In-Line Inspection Tools That Allow You To Detect Leaks On Pipelines & Reduce Risk

  • Discover the inspection tools and technologies being implemented by operators to detect leaks and vulnerabilities on their gathering and transmission assets .
  • What are the key challenges in inspecting assets and how are they overcoming these to improve safety?
  • Learn how regulatory challenges are evolving and how operators are prioritizing their investment to ensure they stay ahead of them.
  • How successful have their leak detection efforts proved and in what areas does the technology need to evolve to meet future challenges?

Brian Epperson, Director, EHS, Hess Corporation

Greg Tilley, Director of Pipeline Corrosion, DCP Midstream

We will also open up the discussion to conference, forwarding questions and observations from delegates. What are the approaches and technologies you are bringing to meet the challenges raised?

 

10:00    Investigating New Developments That Allow You To Monitor Leaks in Gathering Systems

  • What are the unique challenges in inspecting gathering infrastructure on the liquids side and how are new technologies mitigating these?
  • What is the minimum diameter of pipe able to be inspected?
  • What is the optimal frequency for such tools to be run and how can the data recorded be utilized to predict future threats and mitigate risks?
  • Explore the ways in which the technology need to evolve to meet the regulatory challenges of the future.
  • Learnings from the Williams Arial Leak Detection Program. 

Amy Shank, Director, Pipeline Safety & Asset Integrity, Williams

Rick Stellarini, Continuous Improvement Managing Consultant, Williams

 

10:30       Audience Q & A & Discussion

We open the floor to conference, bringing your experiences and observations into the conversation surrounding overcoming the challenges of detecting leaks on gathering pipelines and small diameter pipelines. How are you mitigating risks and leaks whilst promoting pipeline integrity?

 

10:50        Morning Refreshment Break

 
INSPECTING SMALL DIAMETER & UNPIGGABLE PIPELINES

 

11:20    Evaluating New Pigging Technologies For Very Smaller Diameter Pipes & Alternative Solutions For Unpiggable Pipelines

  • Learn what is the smallest diameter of pipe that can be pigged.
  • Investigate the operational limitations of such technology and the feasibility challenges on different segments of the pipeline.
  • Discover the capabilities of new inspection tools for smaller diameter pipelines and how they differ from conventional pigs.
  • How can intentional sensor technology be applied to these technologies to optimize the amount of data an operator can expect back from their inspection?

Reagan Nguyen, Manager of Asset Integrity, Crestwood Midstream

 

11:45       Audience Q & A (Roundtable)

 

>> ASSESSING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF NEW PIGGING TECHNOLOGIES ON SMALLER DIAMETER PIPELINES <<

We ask delegates to share their experiences of implementing new pigging technologies on previously 'unpiggable' pipelines. Where are operators seeing success and how are they overcoming the challenges and obstacles that still exist?
 

INNOVATION IN INLINE INSPECTION

11:55   Investigating New Developments In Technology That Will Allow You To Inspect & Monitor Leaks In Gathering Lines & Smaller Diameter Pipelines

  • How effective is ball technology at inspecting 'unpiggable' pipelines and pinpointing smaller leaks?
  • In what ways can it compliment current pipeline inspection technologies and leak detection systems for gathering infrastructure?
  • Discover the smallest diameter of pipe it can effectively operate in.
  • Explore the range of instrumentation included in ball technology and what the different data sets are that it can collect and deliver to operators.

Josef Pierre, Account Manager, INGU Solutions
 

12:20      Curated Q & A Discussion

>> EVALUATING ALTERNATIVES TO PIGGING FOR SMALL DIAMETER PIPELINES <<

We ask delegates to benchmark the capabilities of smart ball against current challenges. What are the other alternative technologies being implemented and with what success?

 

Evaluating The New Developments & Approaches For In-Line Inspection

In-Line Inspection is integral to any pipeline leak detection system. But how can  recent advancements in In-Line Inspection technology be implemented by operators to bolster the integrity of their assets?


CONSEQUENCE REDUCTION

12:30    Investigating Approaches to Risk & Reducing The Consequences Of Pipeline Failure

In the following panel discussion, we assess the impact of your leak detection capabilities on reducing the consequences of failure. What are the actual solutions operators are implementing to stay ahead of threats to their assets?

  • How can you evaluate risk by incorporating assessments on the consequences of particular assets failing?
  • What are the tools available to aid such risk assessments and how can you incorporate these into your overall leak detection strategy?
  • How do you channel your investment spend into those areas which pose the greatest threat?
  • Investigate the regulatory considerations to factor in when assessing the consequences of pipeline failure.

Kelly Thompson, Staff Risk Engineer, Williams

Jamie Robinson, Leak Detection Specialist, Seven Generation Energy

 

13:00  Audience Q & A Discussion ( Roundtable)

>>REDUCING THE CONSEQUENCES OF PIPELINE FAILURE <<

An opportunity for delegates to share their own experiences on evaluating consequence and factoring that into risk assessments

 


13:30        Lunch Break


 

14:30    Spontaneous Leak Detection Service - Technology Overview

Scott Bauer, Chief Operations Officer, ProFlex Technologies and

Matthew Grimes, Director of Digital Sales, Siemens Energy

 

15:00       Audience Q & A Discussion (Roundtable)

 
NEW APPROACHES TO NON-INTRUSIVE IN-LINE INSPECTION FOR AGEING GAS PIPELINES

An opportunity for delegates to bring their own solutions to the table. How effective are the non-intrusive inspection techniques being implemented?
 

INSPECTING & TREATING LIQUIDS PIPELINES WITH LOW FLOW

15:30   Assessing Pigging Alternatives To Inspecting & Treating Lines With Low Flow To Mitigate Corrosion & Prevent Scale Build-Up

Operational pigging becomes challenging in lines with low flow. What alternatives are out there for handling unpiggable lines with low flow?

  • What tools are available to allow you to move your corrosion inhibitors through areas of low flow?
  • Discover the smart pig solutions available.
  • What are the alternative solutions to pigging and how effective are they at inhibiting the corrosion threat?
  • Learn how operators can overcome the inspection challenges posed by low flow areas to verify the integrity of their assets.

Roong Tanupabrungsun, Senior Corrosion Engineer, ConocoPhillips

 

16:00      Afternoon Refreshment Break

 
IN-LINE INSPECTION IN HIGH CONSEQUENCE AREAS

16:30    Optimal Application Of In-Line Inspection Tools & Technologies For Mitigating Leaks In High Consequence Areas

With more stringent regulations on how operators must demonstrate compliance in High Consequence Areas, what are the in-line inspection approaches being taken by operators to secure these assets?

  • Investigate how are operators deploying in-line inspection in high consequence areas and overcoming challenges related to these.
  • Where are they prioritizing their inspection efforts and how frequently are they running their inspection tools?
  • How are they overcoming challenges related to inspecting difficult segments of pipelines such as sharp bends and elbows in the pipeline?
  • See what success they are having detecting leaks and addressing vulnerabilities.
  • What do they consider the essential elements of an in-line inspection integrity program?

Amy Shank, Director, Pipeline Safety & Asset Integrity, Williams

 

17:00       Audience Q & A Discussion

 

17:15       Chair's Closing Remarks & End Of Day Two

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