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Mr. Matthias Grapow – Vice President, Head of Segment Oil&Gas Midstream, SBU Turbomachinery, MAN Diesel & Turbo

image002After studying mechanical engineering with specialization in turbomachinery at Technical University of Berlin, Matthias Grapow started his professional career in 1997 as a development engineer in the aerodynamic development group of Sulzer Turbo (today’s MAN Diesel & Turbo) in Zurich (Switzerland).

In 2000 Matthias joined the MAN’s sales and projects team, as a bid manager in the field of basic industries, refinery and petrochemical applications. Since 2002 his range of activity also includes the gas storage & transport business. Matthias managed the sales group for gas storage & transport and hydrocarbon processing industry applications at MAN Diesel & Turbo in Zurich from 2006 until 2013. 

Matthias Grapow has a broad know-how of all turbocompressor product types – particularly in high-speed magnetically-levitated, integrated motor-compressor units. 

In March 2013, Matthias has been appointed Vice President and is now heading the Oil & Gas Midstream segment of MAN Diesel & Turbo.

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

In April 2015 we organized an event called TurboForum for our customers at MAN Diesel & Turbo Schweiz AG in Zurich. The organization was extremely labor-intensive, but all worth it, as the event turned out to be a big success. The subsequent feedback being very positive on all accounts was more than rewarding. This time we decided to focus on a new marketing tool, i.e. the BRW Webinar. The aim is to expand our horizon, develop new skills and last but not least to allow everybody a participation without the need of travelling.

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

Patrik Meli, Vice President Engineering Zurich, and I are looking forward to explaining the considerable advantages of MAN’s MOPICO® compression systems. We will furthermore give detailed information of MAN’s pioneering in magnetically-levitated compression systems for gas transport, gas storage and finally for subsea gas transport compression. This webinar gives us a chance to continue and enlarge the dialogue with our existing and future customers and to receive a direct and active feedback.

3. What do you most enjoy about your role?

The full commitment to our products is motivating and inspiring me. As Head of Midstream Oil and Gas I enjoy a new challenge every day, and believe me, every single day is different from the other. It  is an interesting and satisfying job that I love doing. In addition, I feel a very strong team spirit and full commitment in my department and this motivates me even more.

4. What would someone be surprised to know about you?

I always cycle to the office, all year round independent of weather conditions. That is what keeps me fit physically and mentally.

5. What do you do in your leisure time to relax?

Being on tour with my racing bicycle over mountain passes is always challenging, but at the same time it gives me the chance to switch off,  relax and enjoy the nature. Sailing is my other hobby that I appreciate tremendously.

Join Matthias in the upcoming MAN Diesel & Turbo webinar ‘Economic and Ecological Optimization of Pipeline Compression’ at either 7am UK or 3pm UK. Register now!

Grant Adam, Principal Engineer BSc, PgDip, CEng, CmarEng, MIMarEst from Jee

Grant AdamGrant is an experienced chartered engineer who has been working in the oil and gas industry since 1994. He is the head of Jee’s integrity management discipline and has an in-depth knowledge of the field and its associated areas, including internal and external inspection. Working closely with a number of major operators, Grant provides technical support and pipeline technical authority services, advising on all aspects of design, construction, integrity, repair and the operation of pipeline systems.

Grant has completed a number of integrity management related projects, including creating riser inspection strategies, inspection tool and stuck pig contingency plans, corrosion management strategies and pipeline lifetime extension studies.

With his vast technical understanding and dynamic presentation skills, Grant also presents Jee’s ‘Failure of deep-water pipelines and risers’ course around the world, successfully developing delegates’ competencies. 

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

The webinar will discuss the consequences of ineffective subsea pipeline integrity management and why it is so important. I am looking forward to sharing my experience with the audience and hope the lessons learnt will prove to be a useful insight for oil and gas operators and service providers.

2. What is the most interesting thing you’ve done within your current role? 

As part of my role, I also present Jee’s ‘Failure of deepwater pipelines and risers’ technical training course around the world. Utilising case studies of real pipeline failures, this course looks at integrity management issues affecting deepwater risers and flowlines. Teaching provides a fantastic opportunity to travel, but more importantly a chance to give back to the industry and pass on lessons learned, improving industry standards and best practice.

3. What is the ideal outcome you would like from doing the webinar? 

We aim to provide attendees with an overview of subsea pipelines integrity management best practice in addition to examining the primary threats and lessons learnt. The webinar will also discuss how lifetime extension can maximise the profitability of mature assets and how integrity management is applied to decommissioned pipelines. I hope that all attendees go away with a better understanding of pipeline integrity management which will help them in their roles going forwards.

 4. Where is your favourite place in the world and why?

My favourite place in the whole world is my home. No matter where in the world you travel to and the experiences gained during these travels, it’s always nice to get home!

Grant Adam will be presenting the Jee webinar ‘Lessons Learned in Subsea Pipeline Integrity Management’ on the 24th February at 3PM London / 10AM New York. Register here.