International pipeline conference hailed a success

Source: Saudi Aramco

The first international conference on “Best Practices in Pipeline Operations and Integrity Management” held in Bahrain has been hailed as a success, with Saudi Aramco as the platinum sponsor.

The Kingdom’s Minister of Energy, HE Dr. Abdul Hussain bin Ali Mirza, was joined at the plenary opening of the three-day conference by MuhammadAli Trabulsi, general manager Pipelines Department, Saudi Aramco. Delegates were present from across the world and included representatives from 29 countries.

Mohammed Sultan Al-Qahtani, East-West Pipelines Department manager, was among the guest speakers at the official opening at the Gulf International Convention and Exhibition Center.

Trabulsi, in his opening keynote speech, said that Saudi Aramco’s sponsorship of the event underlined the company’s commitment to supporting industry technical events.

“Across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a massive network of cross-country pipelines serves the needs for hydrocarbon transport, not only for the growing local market but also to provide crude oil and natural gas liquids to export terminals,” Trabulsi said.

A range of talks and presentations focusing on key topics relevant to pipelines operation and integrity management and were given by industry experts over the three days, with Saudi Aramco playing a major role.

Al-Qahtani introduced industry experts from around the world to two key Saudi Aramco pipeline initiatives.

The first initiative is the Pipelines Management Center.

“The Pipelines Management center vision is to be recognized as an effective body that facilitates proactive management of Pipelines Department’s core business using best in class integrity management technologies to ensure safe, reliable and cost effective operation,” Al-Qahtani said.

The second initiative discussed by Al Qahtani was Saudi Aramco’s Rehabilitation Master Plan.

“Pipelines Department has successfully made a substantial transformation to more risk and condition based rehabilitation strategy,” he told conference delegates.

“Earlier, rehabilitation activities were primarily reactive and dependent on fewer factors. In-line inspection data were the major factors on which rehabilitation scopes were prepared. In order to optimize rehabilitation and maintenance activities at the same time, a multi factors four-stages rehabilitation plan was devised in which more variables were considered for the preparation stage followed by a risk-based ranking assessment before the detailed condition assessment is being carried out based on which the final stage of planning and scoping is completed."

Trabulsi brought the conference to a close and expressed the hope for continued knowledge sharing at a further event scheduled for 2013.

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