April 2022, Vol. 249, No. 4


Associations in the News April 2022


The American Petroleum Institute (API) said it has announced a new certification program for pipeline facility inspection to meet the natural gas and oil industry’s growing demand for inspectors, improve safety and help reduce emissions.  

“The natural gas and oil industry has invested heavily over the years into the development of sound inspection practices at all stages of pipeline-related activities to ensure safe operations as it powers the energy needs of the U.S. economy,” said Anchal Liddar, senior vice president of API’s Global Industry Services.  

The Pipeline Facility Construction Inspection program “will help meet the industry’s commitment to provide reliable energy while mitigating its impact on the environment,” Liddar said. 

Developed with support from the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) and Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) foundations, API’s newest inspection program is basd on Recommended Practice 1184, Pipeline Facility Construction Inspection, 1st edition. API said it tapped the accumulated experience and consensus from member companies in developing the program requirements for competencies. 

The Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) announced the recipients of its inaugural awards.  

The “Long-Term Commitment to Natural Gas Award” was conferred on HE Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, the minister of state for Energy Affairs of Qatar and president and CEO of QatarEnergy. The award recognizes individuals whose sustained leadership in developing the natural gas industry resulted in an outstanding global record of achievement across the length of their careers.  

The “GECF Foundation Award” was presented to HE Viktor Zubkov, the chairman of the board of directors of PJSC Gazprom and the special representative of the president of the Russian Federation for Cooperation with the GECF. HE Zubkov received the honor for his services to the establishment and advancement of the GECF.  

The “Friend of GECF Award” was granted to engineer Emad Abdel Latif Mohamed of Egypt for his over four-decade-long contribution to the natural gas industry in the Middle East.  

The GECF Awards are open to individuals and institutions from both the GECF and non-GECF Member Countries, such as individuals associated with the international gas and energy companies, national gas companies, academic and research institutions, media and international public figures.  

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