With our new series Pipeline People, we would like to introduce you to some of our pipeline experts: informal and up close. The first one is our long-time and valued companion, Steffen Paeper.
Steffen Paeper, a graduate of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), has been a true pipeliner practically since the beginning of his professional career in 2003. He started with the well-known service provider ROSEN, where he worked as a manager for 9 years. Since then, he has worked on major pipeline projects like Nord Stream, the Trans Mountain Expansion Project and South Stream as engineer and manager. In addition, Steffen Paeper is involved with the Pipeline Technology Journal as a member of the editorial board and with the Pipeline Technology Conference as a member of the advisory board.
Steffen, you worked as an offshore engineer for South Stream for five years. How did you come to be part of this ambitious project?
I had been working on Nord Stream 1 (Russia and Germany) and TransMountain (Canada) before I was recruited for the South Stream Project which turned into the TurkStream Project.
What were your main tasks at the South Stream Project and what did you like best afterwards?
I was mainly involved in offshore pre-commissioning and onshore asset integrity. This included acting as subject matter expert for pigging aspects of TurkStream’s dry pre-commissioning as well as leading the asset integrity team of the TurkStream landfall in Russia and Turkey as well as the central control room and backup control room.
Onshore asset integrity provided a great opportunity for definining operational processes and preparing the company’s transition from construction to operation. Dry pre-commissioning of TurkStream was a great success which could change the way the industry puts pipelines into service.
The project is nearly completed. Do you feel more happy or more sad about the projects finalization?
Completing offshore and onshore construction has been a major achievement and I am happy to be a part of it. The project started as South Stream and transitioned to Turk Stream. There was never a dull moment on this journey. TurkStream had a great team composition. These days, it is sad to see project members departing. I will also miss representing TurkStream at the Pipeline Technology Conference (PTC) with all its remarkable moments. However, the PTC is a fantastic community and I want to stay connected to this group.
What are you doing when you are not at work?
In general, I enjoy working out and eating healthy as well as traveling, water sports, and taking photos.
What are you going to do after the project is done?
My father and I own an old sailboat. It is said if one maintains a sailboat one will not need another hobby. Hence, I will help him preparing the boat for the 2020 season. However, I will be available for new opportunities and look forward to supporting other operators.
As a 007 fan, a very important date for you is the upcoming Movie „James Bond - No Time To Die“. So who is the best Bond for you? Sean Connery, Daniel Craig, Pierce Brosnan or Roger Moore? Or perhaps somebody else? And why?
The best Bond featuring a pipeline should be Diamonds are forever with Sean Connery. He accidently participated in dry pre-commissioning of an onshore pipeline and exited that pipeline with a spotlessly clean white shirt and tuxedo. However, I also like Daniel Craig and hope the next Bond (No Time to Die) features a pipeline again.
Pipeline People is a new section in the Pipeline Technology Journal in which we would like to personally introduce important people from the pipeline industry on a regular basis. The ptj editorial team is happy to receive suggestions for further interviews. You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org.