World Federation Pipeline Industry Association Meeting

The World Federation Pipeline Industry Association (WFPIA) met at the PLCA Annual Convention in February, 2019.

The membership of the Federation is drawn from all parts of the world and currently includes: Australian Pipelines & Gas Association, Distribution Contractors Association, Pipe Line Contractors Association, Pipe Line Contractors Association of Canada, The Pipeline Industries Guild, and the Russian Oil & Gas Contractors Union.

WFPIA meets to discuss areas of common interest and share information, issues and ideas from a global industry perspective. The Federation also works with a mandate to provide the industry with access to the latest technology in all disciplines associated with the international pipeline industry, both on-and off-shore.

Distribution Contractors Association (DCA) Appoints New President

Figure 2: Left to right: Rob Darden, DCA Executive Vice President; Michael Hickey, DCA President; Paul Schultz, PLCAC President and NeilLane, Executive Director, PLCAC.

Michael Hickey, Executive Vice President of Operations for The Hallen Construction Company in the New York tri-state area, was elected president of the Distribution Contractors Association at the 58th Annual Convention in Nassau, Bahamas on March 8, 2019.

Mike started in the business as a commercial diver in 1978 for Oceaneering International in Morgan City, Louisiana. In 1980, Mike returned to New York and started work as a laborer in the gas utility industry. In 1990, Mike and his three brothers joined the Hallen family. In 1994, Mike was put in charge of the utility operation for Hallen and has done so ever since. He is currently the chairman of the DCA Safety/Risk Management Committee.

You can meet Michael at our convention in Ottawa, in May. Please offer him a warm welcome.