“Rob has extensive experience in pipeline construction, and he understands what it takes to build a natural gas pipeline safely and on time. This experience and insight make him ideally suited to take the reins as chairman of the INGAA Foundation for the coming year,” said INGAA Foundation President and Chief Executive Officer Don Santa.
The INGAA Foundation brings together pipeline operators and contractors—including construction companies, pipe mills, engineering companies, consultants, environmental and safety groups and others—to facilitate the efficient construction and safe and reliable operation of the North American natural gas pipeline system. The Foundation’s flagship study, a long-term forecast of midstream natural gas, oil and NGL infrastructure needs, is slated to be updated in 2016. The report was last updated in 2014.
“I’m excited about taking the helm of the INGAA Foundation,” Riess said. “My priority in the coming year is to help build an even stronger safety and quality culture within the pipeline industry. Last year, we expanded the Foundation’s safety committee to include quality. We believe it is imperative to ensure that the materials and services provided to the pipeline industry are of the highest quality to ensure both public and worker safety.”
Riess, who worked with Sheehan Construction in 1991-95, rejoined Sheehan in 2004 as its president. In 2006, he became a partner in the firm and added the role of CEO.
Earlier in his career, Riess worked with Texas Eastern Transmission Co.’s construction department in various roles, including manager of construction and general manager of environmental services. He also worked for construction company ARB Inc., as a vice president responsible for the company’s underground division, which consisted primarily of pipeline construction east of the Rockies. Riess also managed the company’s horizontal directional drilling division and its international operations.
At the 2015 INGAA Foundation Annual Meeting in Key Biscayne, FL, Riess addressed major U.S. pipeline projects certificated from January 2005 to September 2015. This came to 10,562 miles of pipeline with a transportation capacity of 103.9 Bcf/d.
Riess also presented pending major pipeline projects in the U.S. as of September 2015, which came to 3,465 miles of pipeline with a transportation capacity of 44.46 Bcf/d. He gave pipeline construction outlooks for the next three years, addressed industry challenges and concerns, and industry opportunities.