Editor’s Message: Welcome the Ides of March

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Spring is coming. That means construction season will be heating up as the ground thaws. They always say, “Beware the Ides of March,” but unless you’re Julius Caesar, I’d greet this time of year with open arms. This is a time of renewal, and for those in the pipeline industry that means a renewed sense of mission and purpose in the efforts to build new or replace aging oil and gas pipeline infrastructure.

This month, we focus on the commitment to excellence in the field of integrity, new projects, new rules on safety, keeping infrastructure like-new and a brand new training facility to help bring new recruits into the industry.

Mears Integrity Solutions has established a tradition as a top-notch service provider in the pipeline industry to prevent corrosion and maintain integrity. The company offers engineering, field corrosion surveys and inspection services all in the name of keeping pipelines and other infrastructure operating safely. The company has also established state-of-the-art training and testing facilities to ensure it continually renews and improves its processes and ensures its employees have the skills required to deliver excellence. Learn more about the company in Mike Kezdi’s cover story.

Between our regular Project Roundup (p. 14) and the 2018 Canadian Oil Pipeline Report (p. 24), we highlight a number of new projects under way or still in development. These pipelines represent a focus on expanding capacity to serve North American energy needs, as well as a significant effort to replace
legacy pipelines.

PHMSA held a meeting in December to explore a pipeline safety rule proposed almost two years ago. Tom Ewing has the details in his story on p. 28. Learn more about the potential rule that could impact pipeline operators in the coming years.

Continuing the focus on renewal in the form of integrity, Jeff Elliot offers an article on the importance of preventing corrosion in the LNG sector. Turn to p. 30 for a look at this important topic as it relates to pipelines and facilities located in especially humid climates.

Finally, this month marks the grand opening of Lincoln Electric’s new Welding Technology and Training Center at the company’s headquarters in Euclid, Ohio, a suburb on the East Side of Cleveland. The brand-new building sprouted up over the last year and now stands as a state-of-the-art training facility for new and veteran welders. The center offers a 20-week intensive program aimed at welding in the pipeline industry.

As you can see, we’re all about the renewal that the vernal equinox offers. Bring it on!

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