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Piping Solutions for Energy Applications

Webinars 10 February 2021

Piping Solutions for Energy Applications 

TWI has had a long history of developing engineering solutions in co-operation with its members for the safe operation of pipelines primarily for the production and transportation of oil and natural gas. In the current Energy transition/revolution there is an increasing drive towards decarbonisation of energy sources and reduction in methane and carbon dioxide emissions. The use of piping is prevalent throughout the Energy Industry and the challenges for providing piping solutions include economics, safety, installation, materials, life, inspection and regulatory issues. This event will compare the challenges and solutions pertinent to a wide range of applications and will include an historical perspective as well as an introduction to new developments in manufacturing, materials, joining methods, coatings and performance testing across an expansive range of the Energy sector.

Speakers from Industry, TWI and academia will address the existing and new challenges in the fusion, geothermal, nuclear fission, desalination, hydrogen production and offshore energy sectors and will compare and contrast the piping solutions and demonstrate where knowledge sharing and lessons learned can be used to short cut some issues.


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Sæmundur Guðlaugsson  - Manager, Turbine and Workshop

Sæmundur Guðlaugsson

Manager, Turbine and Workshop
ON Power

Sæmundur Guðlaugsson works for the Icelandic Geothermal company ON Power. He has been working there for the past ten years, first as Maintenance manager, then Technical director and now as Manager of turbines and workshop. Sæmundur established the turbine workshop at ON Power in 2013 and developed repair techniques in the workshop for turbine parts, namely for rotors and diaphragms.

Before joining ON Power, he was a chief engineer on fishing vessels for 23 years. Sæmundur has been on boards of maintenance societies in Iceland since 2010. He graduated from the University of Reykjavík with a Master’s degree of Project Management MPM in 2019.  

Paul James - Boiler Metallurgist

Paul James

Boiler Metallurgist

With almost 40-years’ experience in the electricity supply industry, Paul is the Senior Boiler Tube Analyst based at Uniper Technologies Ltd, Ratcliffe. Paul routinely undertakes tube failure investigations, condition monitoring assessments, site-based surveys and developing targeted maintenance strategies across a broad spectrum of boiler designs and fuel types in the UK and internationally. He was the lead author for a UK power industry standard document (GENSIP) covering the management of external boiler tube failures. Complementary to multiple presentations and contributions to publications made worldwide, he has authored documentation for EPRI (US) and been an active member of several VGB (Germany) groups.

Emma Toulson - Lead Stakeholder Advisor

Emma Toulson

Lead Stakeholder Advisor

Emma is Orsted’s Lead Stakeholder Advisor in the UK. She is responsible for creating and developing relationships with key stakeholders locally, regionally and nationally. Her and her team deliver strategic and project level engagement and support to realise new development in offshore wind, other renewable energy generation and storage.

Chris Punshon - Industry Group Manager Power, Equipment and Infrastructure

Chris Punshon

Industry Group Manager Power, Equipment and Infrastructure

Dr Chris Punshon joined TWI in 1983 as a project leader, following graduation with an honours degree from Sheffield University in Metallurgy BMet (hons), after a brief period post-graduation in 1982-83 working again as a heavy goods vehicle fitter and arable/livestock farming.

He has conducted a significant number of large and varied research programmes mainly focused on the power sector as well as oil and gas and marine industries, examining the relationships between materials, properties and performance in a wide range of materials and environments. For several years, he was responsible for the development of advanced joining process technologies for pipelines and pressure plant, seeing development from grass roots R&D to commercialisation, code approval and industrial exploitation.

His various roles within TWI since involved defining a renewed business strategy focusing on TWI key strengths and the emerging opportunities in the nuclear fusion, fission and renewable energy sectors, including offshore wind, solar PV, hydro, tidal stream and feeding a childhood passion for geothermal energy.

Lately, in 2017, following a re-structuring of the business development team, Chris was made responsible for the industry group covering power, materials, equipment and infrastructure with a responsibility for an annual R&D budget of over £15m.

Briony Holmes - Principal Project Leader - Stainless Steels & Non-Ferrous Alloys Section

Briony Holmes

Principal Project Leader - Stainless Steels & Non-Ferrous Alloys Section

Briony started at TWI in 2003. Her work at TWI has mainly involved leading and assisting with corrosion and environmental cracking projects on steels and stainless steels. A large proportion of Briony's work has comprised failure investigations and testing work in the oil and gas industry, including marine corrosion, but she has experience of working with most other industry sectors, including nuclear. Briony is also experienced in EPMA (electron probe micro-analysis) and WDX.

Briony's previous work has involved characterising particles in simulated welds in micro-alloyed steels, which was performed at the University of Birmingham in conjunction with TWI Ltd. Postgraduate study of electrochemistry as a tool to measure metal loss from corrosion of welded stainless steel drinking water pipes. Two industrial placements in surface engineering: six months spent working on plasma nitriding of steel in Luxembourg, and 2 months looking at aluminium coatings for NdFeB magnets in France.

Carol Johnston - Principal Project Leader – Fatigue Integrity Management

Carol Johnston

Principal Project Leader – Fatigue Integrity Management

Carol joined TWI and the Fatigue Integrity Management section in 2009. She manages a range of projects related to the fatigue strength and structural integrity of welded joints. Her main area of work is on validation fatigue testing of welds using the resonance fatigue testing technique and she is now focussing on how TWI’s experience and expertise can be applied and used in the renewable energy sector.

Chi-Ming Lee - Principal Project Leader - Fracture and Asset Integrity

Chi-Ming Lee

Principal Project Leader - Fracture and Asset Integrity

Dr Chi-Ming Lee is a Senior Corrosion Engineer, working in the Fracture and Asset Integrity Department at TWI Ltd, based in Cambridge, UK. His responsibilities include management of consultancy related projects, from a corrosion and asset integrity prospective, for a range of clients from the oil and gas industry and other sectors.

Prior to joining TWI Ltd, Dr Chi-Ming Lee worked in the field of corrosion and pipeline cathodic protection at several companies, including Clariant, PIM and Cathodic Protection Service Ltd. Notable is his 3 year period at Clariant, where his role was a member of the corrosion awareness campaign team within BP, tasked to reduce the cost of corrosion, across all business units.

Dr Chi-Ming Lee received a degree in Metallurgy and Material Science, and PhD on the topic of pitting corrosion from University of Nottingham, UK. He is also a Chartered Engineer and a Member of The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3), NACE and Institute of Corrosion.

Doug Wylie - Team Manager – NDT Products

Doug Wylie

Team Manager – NDT Products

Following a 23-year career in the RAF, Doug joined TWI in January 2008 as NDT Programme Manager, Training and Examination Services, responsible for the delivery of the non-destructive testing (NDT) training across four venues in the UK. In October 2011, after completion of a BEng (Hons) degree through the Open University, he transferred to the NDT Section.

Doug, an Incorporated Engineer and multi-method NDT Level 2/3, has experience across a variety of industry sectors. He has been involved in NDT application both on- and offshore, third-party inspection witnessing, procedure development and review, collaborative projects and single-client project support. As a team manager he is now responsible for developing the delivery of NDT products in TWI’s Integrity Management Group, and is also leading the innovation project ‘PolyTest’, a new system for inspecting welded joints in HDPE piping.

Away from TWI he is chair of the BINDT Membership, Qualification & Education Committee and sits on BINDT Council.

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