80 Pipeline System Operators from Europe, Asia, MENA and South America Ensure Success for Exhibitors during 14th ptc in Berlin
Europe's leading pipeline conference and exhibition, the Pipeline Technology Conference (ptc), has been held successfully from 18 to 21 March 2019 in Berlin, Germany. The outgoing Conference Chairman Dr. Klaus Ritter emphasized at the handover of this function to Dennis Fandrich the following: 750 participants from 54 different nations, and delegations from almost 80 different pipeline system operators as well as 78 exhibitors have joined and contributed to the event. This makes ptc 2019 the biggest and most successful event so far. It enables technology and service providers from all over the world to get in direct contact with many potential clients and to show them new products and solutions. Exhibiting companies went home with folders full of notes and orders. ptc's attractiveness results especially from the insightful plenary sessions and panel discussions. The event tackled some of the most important challenges for pipeline system operators, providing them with important impulses and suggestions for the fulfilment of their tasks - and making ptc to an attractive address for pipeline system operators. The topics were:
  • Eurasian Pipeline Forum: Linking East and West
  • Digital Transformation & Cyber Security in the Pipeline Industry
  • Pipelines 2050: From Fossil Fuels to Renewable Fuels
  • Illegal Tapping
  • Public Perception of Pipelines and Pipeline Projects
  • Qualification and Recruitment of Pipeline Personnel
The core of the ptc have again been 25 Technical Sessions with more than 80 lectures reviewed by the members of the ptc Advisory Committee. All abstracts and papers are accessible through the Pipeline Open Knowledge Base for future reference and research purposes. ptc has targeted key areas of all developments in the onshore and offshore pipeline industry – covering planning & design, construction, operation and maintenance. Also, the industrywide challenge regarding “Qualification and Recruitment” has been addressed in the conference. For the first time, the ptc Side Conference “Public Perception” has been conducted. This ptc Side Conference addressed relevant questions about the perception of pipelines in the population and the problems resulting from a negative view of future pipeline projects. In addition to all these program items, the 14th Pipeline Technology Conferences offered several social events which provided plenty of networking opportunities. The Get-Together-Party on Thursday evening and the Dinner Invitation within the Classic Remise, a center for vintage cars, on Wednesday evening provided memorable experiences for the participants. Three seminars on “Inline Inspection”, “Life Cycle Extension Strategies” and “Geohazards in Pipeline Engineering” have supplemented the program with experienced lecturers and interesting topics. Additionally, the ptc Round Table “Illegal Tapping” took pace, an informal exchange of experiences between pipeline operators only. The winner photo of the ptc photo contest under the motto “What is it like to work in the pipeline industry?” has been awarded on Thursday. Winners of the competition were the pipeline system operators TANAP and TurkStream.

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