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Offshore Energy Technical Group Meeting

Webinars 09 November 2021

Offshore Energy Technical Group Meeting: Advances in Offshore Pipeline Repairs 

This online technical group meeting will cover the current state-of-the-art in subsea pipeline repair systems. Subsea pipelines are subjected to a range of environmental factors that can cause them to require maintenance.

The event will include details of actual examples from recent pipeline repair projects, plus a glimpse of the future with the development of a new robotic friction stir welding system at TWI.

This event will be of interest to professionals working in the oil, gas and energy industries.


Non-members: £95 + VAT (£114)
Professional Members of The Welding Institute: £25 + VAT (£30)
Industrial Members of TWI: £25 + VAT (£30)
Retired Members: £25 + VAT (£30)
Students: £25 + VAT (£30)
TWI Training School Customers: £70 + VAT (£84)
*TWI Staff - please contact Becki Parratt if you wish to register

Please note that payment must be made before the event in order to receive the joining instructions for the event.



Associated Membership (AWeldI) of The Welding Institute 

Registering on this Technical Group webinar as a non-member or a TWI Training Customer gives you full Associate Membership (AWeldI) for one year. To activate your membership, just complete the highlighted fields on the event registration form.

You will also benefit from:

  • Discounted registration fees for Technical Group events (£25 + VAT)
  • Free attendance at Branch events
  • Access to our knowledge database including our library and information services

Benefits of attending this webinar

  • Information transfer from experts
  • Discussion, questions and answers on the specific topics
  • A broader understanding of the extent of standards in the industry
  • Attendance of this event qualifies for CPD

Continuous Professional Development (CPD) 

The Welding Institute awards points towards CPD for delegates attending this webinar. Every hour attendance of an event will earn 2 points towards your continuing professional development.



Giuseppe Rizzo - Technical Sales Manager

Giuseppe Rizzo

Technical Sales Manager
Oceaneering® Energy Products

Giuseppe is a Chartered Engineer, member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. He holds a MEng in Polymeric Science and a BEng in Chemical Engineering, both from the University of Palermo (Italy).

With almost 20 years experience in the Oil and Gas Industry, he had covered different leading roles from Project Management to Commercial. As a Technical Sales Manager within Oceaneering® Energy Products , he is responsible in Europe and Africa for the provision of solutions for Pipeline Repair Systems, Distribution Systems, Flowline Connectors, ROV Monobore Fly To Place M5 Connectors for Chemical Injections, Flow assurance and Hydrate remediation and Grayloc® Clamp connectors

Stephen Cater FRIN MEI ARINA AWeldI - Principal Project Leader – Friction and Forge Processes

Stephen Cater FRIN MEI ARINA AWeldI

Principal Project Leader – Friction and Forge Processes

Stephen Cater is a Principal Project Leader at TWI’s Yorkshire Technology Centre, responsible for research into the friction stir welding (FSW) of both thick section light metal alloys such as aluminium and magnesium, and high plasticisation point materials such as steel, titanium and nickel based alloys.

A metallurgist by training, and winner of the Richard Weck Award for his work on steel, Stephen led TWI’s Core Research Programme (CRP) into the development of FSW for steel, and also led the welding elements of projects looking at FSW for marine construction. These programmes were HILDA (High Integrity Low Distortion Assembly), MOSAIC (Materials Onboard: Steel Advancements and Integrated Composites) and RESURGAM ( Robotic Survey, Repair & Agile Manufacture). Stephen also developed the capability to friction stir weld steel under oil in the FSWBOT programme which is currently developing a robotic system able to conduct patch repairs of defects inside live oil pipelines.

Stephen has led a number of single client projects on the welding of thick section (>25mm) aluminium for safety critical applications and is currently leading two major projects in this area. One is a CRP project investigating new tool designs and FSW techniques for thick section aluminium and the second is a Joint Industry Project (JIP) for a group of sponsors interested in the early commercialisation of these new FSW techniques. Stephen also led a SCP for a customer in the Power sector who had a requirement for high integrity aluminium FSW in cryogenic service. Stephen also leads TWI’s FSW training programme, having developed a series of FSW courses in accordance with the requirements of the ISO FSW Standard, ISO 25239:2011.

Prior to joining TWI, Stephen served as a soldier with experience of both combat and technical attachments to DSTL (Defence Science & Technology Laboratory)

Ron James - Sales Director

Ron James

Sales Director

Ron James is the Sales Director at STATS Group where he leads the global sales team through their 6 regional offices around the world. Ron brings with him a vast experience having worked for over 30 years in the oil and gas industry.

After serving an apprenticeship Ron spent 7 years in a drawing office before moving into technical sales. Prior to joining STATS Group in 2014, Ron spent 11 years with GE Oil and Gas PII Pipeline inspection as Regional Sales Manager for Europe and Africa.

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