Business News

May 2017

Industrial Fabrics announces new distributor

Industrial Fabrics Inc. announced that Producers Supply Co. of Waynesburg, PA is now their RockGuard Master Distributor in the Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio areas of the Northeast U.S. As a RockGuard Master Distributor, Producers Supply will represent RockGuard HD (Heavy Duty) and SD (Standard Duty), pipeline protection mesh to the oilfield industry.

Enbridge and NDT Global advance research and development of pipeline inspection technology 

Enbridge Inc. and NDT Global are taking the next leap in integrity management by partnering in a multi-year research and development project to advance innovation in pipeline inspection technology and ultimately, drive pipeline safety and reliability to a new level.

The multi-year collaboration agreement focuses on the development of a new generation of inspection tool that is targeted to even further improve pipe crack assessment. Enbridge and NDT Global have already been working together for 15 years on pipeline inspections and are at the forefront of the industry in advancing crack assessment with high resolution ultrasonic inspections. This joint investment will bring further innovation and a new technology capability to the existing integrity management programs.

Enbridge works with organizations around the globe that provide best-in-class technologies for keeping pipelines safe, assisting such organizations to develop the technologies, including in-line inspection tools, ever further. In-line inspection tools, known in the industry as “intelligent pigs,” are highly complex pieces of equipment that use sophisticated sensor technology and powerful computation to inspect pipes millimeter by millimeter, with a level of detail similar to that provided by MRI and ultrasound technology in the medical industry. They are essential to Enbridge’s program of pipeline integrity management.

The scope of the new project is aimed at evolving existing inline inspection performance. An important step in this research and development program will be to prove the equipment capability by conducting test runs within the Enbridge pipelines in Canada and the U.S.

Henkels & McCoy names Wahba vice president

Henkels & McCoy Inc. announced the promotion of Elsaid Wahba to vice president – executive sponsor. In this role, Wahba oversees the Pipeline Division Project Management Office, responsible for executive project sponsorship and management, business and proposal development, conceptual design, estimating, and interface of major oil & gas pipeline projects.

Wahba has contributed his talents in numerous roles during his 28 years with H&M, most recently serving as executive director for the Corporate Project Management Office. He has a broad background in project management and engineering, including: project management and sponsorship on current pipeline work for Spectra Energy, multiple power transmission and substation projects, and direct management of EPC projects for Disney, Verizon, and others. Elsaid holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and is a licensed Professional Engineer.

Howard Energy appoints new chief commercial officer and general counsel

Howard Midstream Energy Partners LLC (HEP) has added two new industry veterans to its growing leadership team. The company appointed Roy Patton as chief commercial officer and executive vice president, and Brett Braden as general counsel and senior vice president. Both appointments are effective immediately.

Roy Patton has nearly 35 years of experience in the natural gas pipeline industry. His experience spans all aspects of commercial activities including gathering and processing, high-pressure transmission pipelines, business development, and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining HEP, Patton was senior vice president of commercial operations at Energy Transfer Partners LP (ETP), where his responsibilities included the management of approximately 7,500 miles of pipelines in Texas and Louisiana and more than 60 billion cubic feet of natural gas storage. Patton most recently oversaw ETP’s activities in Mexico and was responsible for creating approximately 1 Bcf/d of new business and developing more than 300 miles of 42-inch pipeline with more than 2.5 Bcf/d of capacity from the Permian Basin to Mexico.

Brett Braden has been an energy lawyer in Houston for almost 20 years. Most recently prior to joining HEP, Braden served as a founding partner at Latham & Watkins LLP’s Houston office, which he helped form in 2010. Primarily focused on corporate finance and merger and acquisition matters, Braden has comprehensive experience representing MLPs and other companies engaged in the upstream, midstream and service sectors of the oil and gas industry. Additionally, Braden has experience representing both public and private energy companies in divestitures, joint ventures, and corporate governance and compliance matters. Prior to joining Latham & Watkins, Braden was a partner at Vinson & Elkins LLP in Houston.

Obituary: Edween ” Eddy” Coolsaet

Edween “Eddy” Coolsaet, 88, died March 28, 2017. Eddy was the wife of 1977 PLCA past president and honorary member, Allan H. Coolsaet. She is survived by daughter Karen and husband Bill Hollenbeck; son 1995 PLCA past president Jeff and wife Mary Coolsaet; daughter Janice and John Poutier; son Robert and wife Susan Coolsaet; daughter Paula and husband Rick Paul; son Christopher and wife Kathleen Coolsaet; daughter Margaret Coolsaet; son Remi and wife Barb Coolsaet and daughter Amanda Coolsaet; also 28 grandchildren and her great grandchildren. Services were held April 3, 2017, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 21599 Parke Lane, Grosse Ile, MI. Contributions in memory of Edween ‘s life may be made to the Alzheimer ‘s Association.

 Obituary: Dan Pickard

Dan Pickard, of PLCA Associate Member Hub International CFR, died March 15, 2017. Dan is survived by his wife, Mary; two sons and a daughter – Dan and his wife, Jessie; Joe and his wife, Tara and their three sons – Will, Josh and Ethan; Beth and her husband Chris Kieffer and their son, Luca and Dan’s brother, Tom. A Celebration of Life ceremony for Dan was held on Tuesday March 21, 2017, at St. Patrick’s Church, 4520 W. Houston in Broken Arrow, OK.

Obituary: Joseph Weeden (Jerry) McCarthy (May 7, 1925 – Feb. 8, 2017)


Jerry Weeden served as PLCAC president from 1972 – 73 after serving as vice president, treasurer and director as well as on many PLCAC committees. As a pipeliner, he travelled and worked around the world until he retired at the age of 84 after more than six decades of work. Known for his Irish charm and his love of life, Jerry, always entertaining and fun, attended many PLCAC conventions with his wife Torchy throughout the years, last joining us in Newfoundland in 2010.

Obituary: John Rypien (April 7, 1948 – Feb. 15, 2017)

John Rypien served as a PLCAC president from 1991 – 92 and again in 1996 – 97. He also served as vice-president, treasurer and as a director for many years. He was a member of CPAC, the Mainline Negotiating Committee and many other PLCAC committees. John, well known for his integrity and honesty, was well respected by owner-clients, his contractor competitors and his many employees. John attended numerous PLCAC conventions over the years with his wife Gwen.