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Smart Pigs and More
November 5, 2008   
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Tomasz Olma, president of T.D. Williamson Polska, part of a multinational pipeline maintenance equipment company, talks to Ewa Andrzejczak.

Management methods have a great impact on the quality of a company's operations. What model of management did you choose as the most effective for your company?
TDW is a global corporation with its headquarters in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in the United States. The corporation's business in Poland, as well as other European countries, Africa, Middle East, Russia, the Caucasus countries and Kazahkstan, is overseen by the Belgian office in Nivelles headed by Andre Borucki. The region stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Urals and Caucasus, plus Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. It is not easy to manage operations in such a vast area with its diverse economies, cultures and business standards.

Our work is particularly dangerous. We work with pipelines transporting natural gas under a pressure of up to 100 bars, as well as oil and petroleum products, from both peaceful areas and regions that are politically and economically unstable, such as the Niger Delta and the Caucasus. The value of these products keeps growing and environmental protection regulations are increasingly rigorous, so adequate maintenance, renovation and repair technologies are in great demand.

As for Poland, I can say that we are very visible, respected, appreciated and liked by our colleagues from the region. Since 1993, first as a representative office of T.D. Williamson and later as Poland-based company T.D. Williamson Polska Sp. z o.o., we have been implementing our "hermetic technology" that has become standard in all kinds of repair work for natural gas networks. This also applies to the oil industry.

As for management, I have had the honor and satisfaction of heading the corporation's Polish subsidiary since 1993. We have excellent, experienced and committed staff, and we are often cited as an example to follow for the company's 26 subsidiaries across the world. Our turnkey services in Poland are carefully examined and analyzed in terms of their applicability in the "TDW world."

We operate in a matrix model and so we can work with excellent specialists in many fields, and exchange experiences with colleagues from other offices and countries. These are truly fascinating meetings.

How would you describe Poland's oil and natural gas market?
It is one of the most rapidly modernizing oil and natural gas markets in Europe in terms of organization, technology and staff.

As part of our services, we are ready to react in the event of a breakdown or danger. We have specialized materials and equipment, as well as experience. We have signed contracts for emergency Pipeline Repair systems (EPRS) in the Mazovia and Podlasie provinces.

How do you want your company to develop in the future?
We intend to focus on diagnostics and adapting strategic pipelines for examination with the use of devices known as smart pigs. These devices travel along the pipeline, owing to pressure, and send data on the pipeline's technical condition to the operator. Using GPS technology, they make it possible to identify areas vulnerable to increased corrosion, mechanical damage and weld or steel defects. This is a modern technology that requires experience and knowledge. We have plenty of both, though there is still a lot of work ahead of us. The new technology is a great challenge and food for thought for pipeline operators and testing services.

T. D. Williamson Polska Sp. z o.o.
34 Marywilska St., 03-228 Warsaw
tel. +48-22 625-72-09, fax +48-22 814-27-03

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