DNV Pipeline Committee in China Holds First Meeting

Stone Zhang, DNV's director of operations for China Energy, said the company wants to share its expertise and bring best practices from all over the world to the Chinese pipeline industry.

DNV announced that the first meeting of its Greater China Pipeline Technical Consultative Committee was held Sept. 16 in Bejing, with participants including Chinese pipeline owners, contractors, operators, authorities, designers, engineering companies, manufacturing companies, research institutions and universities. Yang Zupei, secretary general of the CNPC Oil & Gas Storage and Transportation Standardization Committee, is committee chairman.

This is DNV's second pipeline committee in the world and the first established outside Europe. "As a world-leading provider of services for managing risk with focus on quality, technology, and integrity, DNV established this committee with the objective to provide a platform for the whole value chain players in the Chinese pipeline industry to meet and discuss the issues of common concern and address the challenges facing the industry," said Stone Zhang, DNV's director of operations for China Energy. "We also want to share our expertise and experiences accumulated over the past years in the industry and bring best practices from all over the world to the Chinese pipeline industry, thus to contribute to the further development of the fast-growing Chinese pipeline industry."

Kjell Ericsson, DNV's global director of energy programs, attended the meeting and discussed recent research progress and his views on global pipeline development trends and technology. The meeting ended with an agreement on the topics and format for the next meeting to be held in 2012, according to DNV's news release.

DNV started offering pipeline services in the 1970s and launched its offshore pipeline standard in 1976. Since then, it has become the world's most popular standard for offshore pipeline installations, according to the company.

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