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Pim Spierenburg, Head of Smart Markets, EMEA, OMNETRIC Group

Pim SpierenburgAs VP Smart Market EMEA within OMNETRIC he is responsible for the solution architecture of meter data management, demand response and VPP solution in Europe, Middle East and Africa. He has 12 years of Utility experience of which he mostly worked in Meter Data Management and Smart Metering.

Prior to joining OMNETRIC in 2014, Pim was working as senior solution architect within Accenture Smart Grid Services for 5 years. Before that he worked for Itron and CGI.

1. What are you looking forward to explaining to the audience?

Clean energy has arrived in many forms, from PV to wind power, but it’s still hard for operators to integrate it reliably into the grid and manage it effectively.  DERMS – Distributed Energy Resource Management Systems – are helping to solve this challenge, providing a single platform to manage load aggregation, storage and generation.

2. Why did you decide to do a webinar with Business Review Webinars?

The topic of DERMS and managing clean energy is one that is not limited to utilities. Indeed, companies, communities, universities and hospitals for example, are all thinking about how they can better manage their energy generation and use in the future.  Business Review Webinars are a good platform for educating a broad audience effectively.

3.  How did you get into the industry and what do you most enjoy about your role?

My start in the industry was implementing new legislation for metering during the deregulation of the Dutch utility market. I then ventured into the world of meter data management and smart metering as a solution architect. Over the last couple of years, I have focused on the potential of using meter data management platforms for other purposes, such as Demand Response and aggregating Distributed Energy Resources (DER) for virtual power plant purposes. In my current role at OMNETRIC Group, I am responsible for the Smart Market portfolio in EMEA. This provides me with the opportunity to work on the cutting edge of new developments on grid end-points, developing new propositions with my team of Solution Architects and Engineers for clients.

4. What are you hoping to achieve in the future in your personal and professional life?

I want to finish the Defi Wind in Gruissan in 2017. It’s the largest annual worldwide gathering of competing windsurfers with over a thousand amateurs and pros launching from the same start line.

5. Where is your favourite place in the world?

That is a tough one, but I will have to go with Sapa in Vietnam.

Join Pim as OMNETRIC Group present their latest webinar “DERMS – Distributed Energy Resource Management Systems”! 

Are you Prepared for Subsea Pipeline Repair Emergencies?

Subsea Pipeline Repair - Hot Tapping 2016The global oil and gas industry is reliant on the long term dependability of pipelines. Rigid pipelines are vital to the safe and efficient transportation of hydrocarbons and as such failures within these pipelines can have huge environmental, safety and reputational implications. As the global demand for energy increases so too does the consequences of any potential pipeline failure. In order to facilitate the repair or maintenance of pipelines, operators can often encounter difficulties in isolating sections of their pipeline if appropriate valves are defective or absent from the line.

Join STATS Group in this informative webinar as we share how our range of DNV GL type approved isolation tools provide leak-tight double block and bleed isolation that enables safe and efficient repair of pressurised pipelines.

To learn more about double block and bleed isolation technology, read our Technical Paper: A Comparison of Double Block and Bleed Technologies

As market leaders in the supply of pipeline isolation, hot tapping and plugging services we couple our expertise with an extensive global track record. Our range of isolation plugs greatly reduce downtime, increase safety and maximise unplanned maintenance, providing a cost-effective solution to operators. Our isolation technology provides safe worksite conditions to allow the breaking of containment in compliance with subsea isolation guidelines. This enables pipeline repair and recommissioning in as short a time as possible, minimising environmental and commercial impact.
28in Flangeless Subsea Launcher COOEC (1)In addition, pipeline operators now require the peace of mind that, should a pipeline fail, their contingency plans and processes are fully established, qualified, and able to respond to any emergency scenario. Operators can reduce the out-of-service time of damaged pipelines by many months when they pre-invest in isolation technology which is maintained in a state-of-readiness, allowing a rapid emergency response.

Download our Technical Paper: Emergency Pipeline Repair Isolation Systems to find out how advancements in our isolation technology can enable the installation of fail-safe, double block and bleed isolation tools, even when an unpiggable midline defect exists.

The webinar will conclude with a case study highlighting a complex and challenging subsea isolation and repair of the Yacheng pipeline, situated in the South China Sea. This 780km 28” subsea gas export pipeline supplies gas to Hong Kong and had become damaged by an anchor. The critical importance of this pipeline meant that shutdown in production had to be kept as short as possible while the repair was completed.  

Isolation tools were used to enable the safe removal of the damaged section and recovery of both ends of the pipeline onto a pipelay vessel without allowing seawater ingress or depressurising the entire pipeline. The installation of isolation tools into the pipeline were used to isolate only the sections of pipeline being recovered to the surface.

The strategic use of the BISEP™ and Tecno Plug™ isolation tools ensured that the primary project objectives were successfully achieved. The pipeline was repaired safely and quickly without depressurising or flooding the entire pipeline and ensuring any seawater that entered the system was removed before the pipeline resumed operation.

Register now to take part in the full webinar and learn more about temporary isolation of damaged pressurised pipelines which facilitate the safe repair of subsea infrastructure in compliance with subsea isolation guidelines.

We hope you can join us for this webinar where we can answer all your questions first-hand in the live Q&A session.

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STATS Group Microsite: Resources for Pipeline Maintenance, Integrity, Isolation & Repair

STATS Group has recentlySTATS_Group_Home launched their new microsite within Business Review Webinars and we thought it might be of interest to you and your colleagues.

The site features upcoming and on demand webinars, videos, case studies and whitepapers focusing on the isolation, intervention and repair of onshore and subsea pipelines in the oil, gas and petrochemical industries.

To learn more, please click here to be brought directly to the microsite.

Spotlight Interview: Andrea Magalini from Turboden

Andrea MagaliniAndrea Magalini,

Sales Director, Turboden

Andrea Magalini began his career as Research Engineer and later as Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Thermal Measurements at Università degli Studi di Brescia. From 2008 to 2010 he worked for McKinsey & Company as Associate Consultant. He joined Turboden in 2010 as Business Development Manager. Currently he is Sales Director of Turboden.

He holds a master degree in Mechanical Engineering.

1. Why did you decide to do a webinar with Business Review Webinars?

We decided to work with Business Review Webinars because of its knowledge and experience in energy webinars.

2. What are you looking forward to explaining to the audience?

How ORC technology can increase the overall efficiency of Oil & Gas sites, allowing to generate power exploiting unused waste heat streams.

3. What movie would you recommend and why?

Something’s Gotta Give (United States, 2003) because it shows how life is full of surprises and it teaches you are never too old to change your habits.

4. How do you relax in your leisure time?

I use to run. I love the sense of satisfaction that clears my mind.

5. What 1 item would you take with you to a desert island?

A mirror

Andrea Magalini will be presenting with Riccardo Vescovo the Turboden webinar ‘Waste heat: free fuel for efficiency improvement in Oil & Gas industry’ on the 26th June at 10am New York/3pm London. Click here to register.

Turboden white papers:
Paper Aistech 2014 | Paper ECEEE 2014

How much power are you wasting?

TurbodenSince late ‘90s renewable energy has been living a boom that would have shaped the future of the power sector in Europe and in the rest of the world. Renewable sources, specifically bioenergy, solar, wind and geothermal energy have been on the verge of a boom that proved to be even almost uncontrolled in many countries. Renewable sources gained public awareness while few players and few countries started opening possibilities and granting incentives (or specific regulation) to boost the industrial footprint overall efficiency and reduce their overall CO2 emissions through the exploitation of waste heat streams.

Industrial players use to release this heat in the environment someway paying to remove it.
The ORC technology represents an excellent opportunity to exploit waste heat and increase the overall efficiency of systems and to contribute to a sensible reduction of greenhouse gases released through electric or mechanical power production.

What’s going on today?
Nowadays natural gas is playing an increasingly important key role in the world’s economy, as it is seen as a viable alternative to oil, whose reserves are being depleted in many parts of the world. For the United States of America, one of the most oil dependent countries in the world, natural gas is an attractive alternative also thanks to the ability to produce natural gas domestically (including shale exploitation).

The use of this fossil fuel in the United States and elsewhere in the world depends upon the many natural gas pipeline networks that have been set up. These transmission pipelines carry the precious resource efficiently at high pressure over thousands of miles, from the well where it is produced right to the users. In order to keep the high pressure required, the gas has to pass through gas compressor stations, located approximately every 100 miles along the pipeline, in order to boost the pressure and ensure that it can keep flowing. The gas in compressor stations is normally pressurized by dedicated turbines, electric motors and reciprocating engines driving compressors. Hot exhaust from the prime movers in a gas compressor station constitutes a potential precious free source of heat.

Turboden ORC units can convert waste heat from the exhaust of gas turbine-driven (or reciprocating engines-driven) compressors into clean, reliable, cost-effective electricity, or mechanical power resulting in an increased overall efficiency of the system.
Turboden recovery solutions allow to enhance the efficiency of oil & gas transmission systems, therefore to boost financial turnover as well as to contribute to companies environmental sustainability.

ORC technology can be efficiently adopted also in other different fields of application of the oil & gas industry, such as exploitation of flare gases, heat recovery from refinery processes and liquid streams associated with oil wells. ORC systems are easy to integrate, flexibly operating even on highly inconstant heat sources, and completely automated (leaving the industrial user focused on his/her own core process).

Turboden ORC systems have already been chosen by prestigious customers (overall 280 references worldwide) for several heat recovery applications due to high reliability, high level of efficiency, minimum running costs and ease of installation. In 2010 Turboden breaks into the North American market with its first 1 MWe ORC unit in a heat recovery system downstream of a gas turbine in a gas compressor station, where the waste heat from the turbine exhaust gas is recovered in a heat recovery boiler and transformed into electric power. In the same year Turboden supplied a 1.8 MWe unit that recovers heat from the associated gas coming from oil extraction through controlled combustion (instead of flaring) in an oil refinery plant in Russia.

Turboden is already studying advanced heat recovery systems for major oil & gas players located in the Middle East, Russia, and Central Europe, and it has strategically decided to invest more and more in applications for this industry.

So, let’s talk about how you can pick this low-hanging fruit available for your industry.

Have you ever thought about investing in a technology that, recovering waste heat, can produce electric and mechanical power, exploitable into the production processes?

In your opinion, what are the main barriers that prevent the penetration of these solutions in the oil & gas sector?

Do you reckon this innovative system worthy or, by contrast, not enough impacting to be of interest for the oil & gas sector?

What are the ways to push the diffusion of these systems in the industry?

Want to learn more? Register for Turboden webinar ‘Waste Heat: Free Fuel for Efficiency Improvement in Oil & Gas Industry’ live on the 26th of June at 10AM New York / 3PM London