Business News

January 2018

PEMEX names Trevino CEO

Mexico’s President, Enrique Pena Nieto, named Carlos Trevino as CEO of state-run energy company Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX). Trevino replaces Jose Antonio Gonzalez Anaya, who was appointed as the country’s new finance minister.

Trevino currently serves as PEMEX’s corporate director of administration and services. He previously served as the company’s corporate finance director and also twice served as corporate director of administration. Prior to joining PEMEX, Trevino held several positions within Mexico’s government, including senior official in the Ministries of Economy and Energy, undersecretary of expenditures for the ministry of finance and public credit, general director of Financiera Rural, and director finance at the Mexican Institute of Social Security.

TransCanada welcomes Vandal as new independent director

TransCanada Corp. announced the appointment of a new independent director, Thierry Vandal.

Vandal has more than 30 years of experience in the North American power and utility industry. He currently serves as president of Axium Infrastructure US Inc. and as a director of Axium infrastructure Inc., in addition to holding positions on the board of directors of Royal Bank of Canada and the international advisory board of École des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC) Montréal.

Vandal previously served as president and chief executive officer of Hydro-Québec from 2005-15, as chairman of BioFuelNet Canada from 2013-15, as a director of Veresen Inc. from 2015-17 and most recently as a director of HEC Montréal.

Vandal holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from École Polytechnique de Montréal and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from HEC Montréal. In 2012, he was named Canadian Energy Person of the Year by the Canadian Energy Council. He was also awarded an honorary doctorate in recognition of his outstanding professional contribution to the energy sector by the Université de Montréal in 2007.

Tulsa Rig Iron celebrates 30 years of service

Tulsa Rig Iron (TRI) celebrated its 30th anniversary by hosting a luncheon on Sept. 20 at its facility in Kiefer, OK. Terry Flynn, vice president of sales and marketing, said that “with so many acquisitions and mergers in our industry, it is a great benchmark that a company checks the 30-year box.”

The company was founded in September 1987 by J.D. Young, and was originally a full-line manufacturer/supplier to the horizontal directional drilling industry. After J.D.’s sudden passing in 2004, sons Trevor and Troy Young took the company helm and started the process of consolidating product lines and streamlining manufacturing processes.

“We now focus on manufacturing world-class mud pumps, mud recycling systems and hydrostatic test pump packages,” Flynn explained. “Our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility is located on 40 acres just southwest of Tulsa.”

Trevor Young, president, observed that “to think that the company is now 30-years-old and to realize our dad (J.D. Young) has been gone almost 14 years now, meaning Troy and I have been guiding the company for almost as long as our dad – is a very surreal realization. We were pleasantly surprised to have so many former employees attend our celebration. It meant a lot to us for them to take time out of their busy schedules to come back and see how things have changed since they were last here.

“We would also like to thank all of our customers, current employees and former employees, because without them none of this would have been possible,” he stressed.

“What a difference 30 years makes,” said Troy Young, vice president. “Tulsa Rig Iron comes from very humble beginnings and lots of hard work. I was a 14-year-old boy 30 years ago, but remember it like it was yesterday. Many thanks to J.D. for building the foundation our company stands on today.

“TRI continues to build and improve our equipment so that we can bring the best product to our customers. I’m amazed at where we are today and give credit and thanks to all of our dedicated employees and customers who have supported TRI and gotten us to the 30-year mark.”

Lincoln Electric to open new welding training center in Ohio

Commemorating the 100th anniversary of its legacy welding school, Lincoln Electric® will open its new Welding Technology & Training Center, on its Euclid, OH, campus in January. Classes begin in the new facility on Jan. 8.

The center’s opening maintains the company’s role of running the oldest continually-operating welding school in the world. The facility further reflects Lincoln Electric’s 100-year commitment to leading welding education and innovation in an era of strong demand for skilled trades.

The two-story, 100,000-square-feet-plus facility doubles Lincoln’s welding education capacity. The building features a virtual reality training lab with 10 VRTEX Virtual Reality Web Simulation Trainers, 166 welding and cutting booths, six seminar rooms, 13 welding school classrooms, a 100-seat auditorium, an atrium and a reception area.

The Lincoln Electric Welding Technology & Training Center is equipped to help students focus on career pathways and looks to the industry’s future in its programming offerings. It also will showcase and integrate Lincoln Electric’s latest technologies and solutions into a comprehensive welding curriculum – making it the industry’s most advanced facility of its kind.

Michels Canada receives CEPA Foundation Safety Award

Michels Canada is proud to be the recipient of the inaugural CEPA Foundation Safety Award, which recognizes advancements in safety on transmission pipeline construction projects.

The award is presented to a CEPA Foundation member company that demonstrates commitment, achievement and leadership in safety.

In addition to companywide initiatives, Michels actively participates in improving the safety of the entire pipeline industry by taking part in roundtable discussions, leading safety workshops and serving on various committees.

Battelle wins two R&D 100 awards

Battelle won two of the recently announced R&D 100 Awards for its PipeAssess PITM software and coal-to-liquids process.

The national labs Battelle has a role in managing for the U.S. Department of Energy won a total of 23 awards, either individually or in collaboration with other labs and partners. The technologies include innovations such as more powerful magnets, better batteries, lighter vehicle materials and gunshot detection systems.

PipeAssess PI is an innovative software application that uses physics-based, empirically derived modeling to estimate remaining pipeline life and predict axial crack growth under various operating scenarios. The user-friendly, customizable software is designed to help oil and gas pipeline companies meet critical industry requirements and reduce the risk of spills, which lead to financial loss, environmental issues and health concerns.

Battelle’s coal-to-liquids process uses breakthrough technology to dissolve coal in biomass-derived solvents to produce a synthetic crude at relatively low pressure without external hydrogen. Creating jet or other transportation fuels using this process significantly reduces cost and greenhouse gas emissions.

T.D. Williamson receives ASME Global Pipeline Award

T.D. Williamson (TDW) received the prestigious Global Pipeline Award, presented by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), at Rio Pipeline 2017 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The annual award recognizes pipeline innovation and the value a company’s contributions bring to the pipeline industry.

ASME honored TDW for its ground-breaking Mechanical Damage Prioritization via the Multiple Dataset (MDS) Platform. The MDS platform is unsurpassed in its ability to detect, characterize, size, and prioritize interacting threats to pipeline integrity, such as mechanical damage. By integrating multiple inline inspection (ILI) technologies on a single platform and synchronizing the data they gather, MDS provides comprehensive information about features previously undetected by other ILI tools.

James Simek, and the TDW Engineering team, innovated and led development of the MDS Platform. As a participant in the design and data analysis of several generations of magnetic flux leakage (MFL) tools, Simek had observed the strengths and weaknesses of each individual tool design and accompanying data sets.

TDW’s innovative prioritization process leverages all datasets on the MDS Platform and builds upon prior Battelle and PRCI research from the late 1990s and early 2000s. As a result of these significant advancements, conclusive characterization of mechanical damage features is now a reality.