ESCP Europe Business School and its Energy Management Centre were delighted to support the 2018 IPLOCA Annual Convention.
450 attendees were registered for this year's convention in London. The event took place at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London and brought together an exceptional slate of speakers for their Open General Meetings who gave presentations on new projects, latest industry developments and key achievements, as well as market outlook and analysis. During the week they facilitated a number of business to business meetings and poster sessions and gave an update on a number of IPLOCA initiatives including 'The Road to Success' and the 'Fit for the Future' 5-year business plan.
Topics discussed included:
- The Changing Energy Landscape: Renewables, Gas & the Role of LNG
- Leadership and Challenge of the Sur de Texas Project
- Approaching the Smart Pipeline
- Shore Approach, an Art or a Science
- Dynamic Risk Assessment - Getting to the Point Risk Perception in Pipeline Industry
- Trends in Global Upstream, Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Energy
- South Caucasus Pipeline Expansion (SCPX) Project
- Lessons Learned from Mega Pipeline Projects
Dr. Kostas Andriosopoulos, Executive Director, EMC & Professor of Finance and Energy Economics, ESCP Europe Business School
David Pfeiffer, Vice President, Mexico Projects,TransCanada Pipelines
Daniele Ripari, Telecommunication Engineer Lead, SAIPEM S.p.a
Ir. Hj Ahmad Khairiri Abdul Ghani, Construction Staff, PETRONAS
Jose M. de la Torre, Senior Corporate H&S Manager, Trans Adriatic Pipeline
Jonathan Green, Executive Director, Business Development & Strategy, IMAP Global Sàrl
Namik Aliyev, Project Coordinator, SOCAR Midstream Operations
Dr. Saltuk Duzyol, CEO, TANAP Natural Gas
History of the Convention
In 1966 companies active in the international pipeline construction industry recognised that they had many common interests and challenges that could most effectively be addressed through the establishment of an industry association. That same year the then leaders of the industry met in Paris and established the International Pipe Line Contractors Association, an international division of the Pipe Line Contractors Association (PLCA) of the U.S.A.
During the first Board of Directors meeting in Paris in September 1966, it was decided to organise and hold an annual convention where leaders of the pipeline construction industry could network and socialise in order to discuss business and current issues in a relaxed and comfortable setting.
The first IPLOCA Convention was held in Naples, Italy in October 1967. This annual event was then held in different European destinations up until 1975 when the convention ventured out to Mexico in Central America. It then returned to European soil for another 11 years before being held in Boston, USA in 1987.
The IPLOCA Board of Directors then installed a convention rotation scheme, whereby the convention would regularly be held in different regions of the world. To this date the convention has been held in North America, Central/South America, Western Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific.
Today’s conventions continue to focus on networking, providing platforms to bridge dialogue between our members and bring key speakers and leading industry professionals together.
The 50th Anniversary Convention from 12 to 16 September 2016 is the first IPLOCA Convention to be held in Paris, a return to the association's origins.