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Perth, Australia, 2013/02/20 - Seeking to more effectively support Australia and New Zealand’s goals to develop more efficient and safer energy pipeline systems, PII Pipeline Solutions, announced it has appointed John Collis as the new sales manager for the region (NYSE: GE). NYSE: GE
The company announced the appointment at the 2013 Australasian Oil & Gas Exhibition and Conference in Perth.
A leading provider of pipeline inspection and integrity management solutions for operators worldwide, PII Pipeline Solutions has provided integrity services to the global oil and gas industry for 35 years.
“I am excited to help lead PII’s local efforts to meet the integrity management requirements and priorities of Australia and New Zealand’s pipeline sector,” Collis said. “At PII, we are dedicated to identifying pipeline issues before they become real problems for operators. Together with our customers, our goal is zero pipeline failures.”
Collis first worked for PII in Calgary, Alberta, Canada as a field operations supervisor prior to GE’s acquisition of the pipeline integrity services business. After a period of pursuing other opportunities, John returned to PII under the new management of GE, working again in the field before becoming a project manager. Collis subsequently transferred to GE’s subsea and drilling business in Perth, Australia where he served as services operations manager before becoming the services sales manager for that business in the region.
Collis’ experience, both with PII and in the broader Australian oil and gas industry, will help PII grow its business in a key growth area and better serve its customers in the region.
“This is the first time PII has had a dedicated local sales manager for the Australia/New Zealand market. John’s appointment will allow us to enhance PII’s local presence, allowing us to more fully understand the needs of our customers in the region and tailor solutions that best meet those needs,” said Michael Bellamy, general manager for PII Pipeline Solutions. “We will use this greater knowledge to continue developing our long-term growth strategy in the region, allowing us to invest wisely in the infrastructure and resources needed to serve the segment.”
The combination of Collis’ technical background in pipeline integrity, local market knowledge and business relationships will only strengthen PII’s presence in this important region, Bellamy noted.
Collis is based at GE’s Parramatta, NSW offices and his appointment is one of several recent actions GE Oil & Gas has taken to bolster its local presence in Australia. In November 2012, GE celebrated the official opening of its Skills Development Centre in Jandakot, a suburb of Perth in Western Australia to help address Australia’s need for skilled local workers to support a booming oil and gas industry. The center is part of GE’s technology and learning facility, the largest complex of its kind in Australia and a cornerstone of GE’s commitment to support the growth of the country’s resources industry, including the dynamic liquefied natural gas (LNG) production sector.
About PII Pipeline Solutions
PII Pipeline Solutions is an industry leader in inspection and integrity services for all gas and liquid pipelines in every known environment and operating condition. From tried and true in-line inspection and integrity engineering, to revolutionary new services such as UltraScan™ Duo for crack assessment and SmartScan™ for unpiggable pipelines, as well as powerful data management tools, we provide the comprehensive technologies, skills and field experience needed to confidently determine the present and future condition of a pipeline. Our solutions go far beyond mere defect detection to proactive risk assessment and threat management to maintain a long-term balance of safety and productivity while helping pipeline operators meet stringent regulations.
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