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2009 Press Releases

United States Department of Energy Sponsors Workshop on Pipeline Integrity and Management for Turkmenistan

PAS No 244 June 10, 2009
Charge Richard Miles delivers his opening remarks

Charge Richard Miles delivers his opening remarks

Ashgabat, June 10, 2009 – The United States Department of Energy (DOE) is sponsoring a workshop on Pipeline Integrity and Management June 10-11 for the Government of Turkmenistan, as another step in advancing U.S.-Turkmen cooperation in the energy sector.  The DOE workshop focuses on pipeline engineering and design, managing aging pipelines, assessing damage and corrosion, inspection and inspection strategies for pipeline systems, and the cost implications of repairing pipelines.  Many countries, including the United States, have aging pipelines and will face operational and financial challenges in keeping their pipeline networks safe and reliable.  Improving the integrity of the pipeline system can help a country maximize the revenue from its hydrocarbon production.

The workshop features world-renowned industry experts from Penspen, Chevron, ExxonMobil, KBR, and Universal Pegasus.  Chevron and Exxon are discussing international oil company pipeline operation strategies, KBR is covering lessons learned in the environmental impact of pipeline construction, and Universal Pegasus is speaking about their experience in compressor station management.  Participants from the Government of Turkmenistan include Deputy Minister of Oil and Gas Bayramgeldi Nedirov and representatives from the State Agency for Management and Use of Hydrocarbon Resources, Turkmengaz, Turkmengeologiya, Turkmengazstroi, and Turkmenneft.  The Workshop and a reception are sponsored with the generous support of the US-Turkmenistan Business Council, Chevron, and ExxonMobil.