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Joe Riordan

Profile Updated: August 16, 2014
Residing In:
Black Diamond, WA USA
Consulting to TransCanada and Enbridge Pipelines
Work at Alyeska:

Worked for APSC starting in Jan 1982 and retired July 2013. I did consulting to APSC during the period when Alyeska moved offices to FAI and VDZ then rehired.

What's happened since?:

Hired by TransCanada and Enbridge to help them with their designs for the Northern Gateway Pipeline between Alberta and the Pacific (725 miles, 42 in., 12 pump stations). I am also consulting to TransCanada on their Energy East Pipeline between Alberta an the Atlantic (2,700 miles, 36 in., 72 pump stations). The experience gained after so many years on TAPS has provided much needed experience and confidence in what to do right and what could be better.

Not that retirement is all work as I only devote about 50% of my time to pipelining and the rest is having fun living and boating on a lake in the Seattle area.

Alyeska Story:

Too many to tell here but they make great stories around friends. My limited time at PS-10 is priceless and brought many laughs. The hilarious story of the stuck RGV-45 (manufactured by WKM) and how George Nelson angrily hung up on the WKM engineer who we were desperately trying to reach in the middle of the night thinking it was a radio station reporter! I saw him slam down the phone and exclaim "now the media knows about it!" When we said, no, that's the guy we need to talk to! I can still hear him explain the blunder by saying he thought of WKRP in Cincinnati (the TV show). Too funny....

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Sep 16, 2020 at 8:05 AM

Posted on: Sep 15, 2020 at 9:09 AM

Joe, there is a dark side to me that likes to do crazy things. I swam in that lake for the fun of it. The mosquito laden with malaria are an even bigger concern. And then going deep into the jungle then of course you have those giant and very sneaky anacondas. What are you doing with yourself? Greetings to Brenda for me. Man it has been a long time.

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Posted: Aug 16, 2014 at 9:20 AM