McConnell Dowell is proud to announce that Leon Richards has been elected as the President of the International Pipe Line Contractors Association (IPLOCA). Leon is McConnell Dowell’s Group Technical Director, Pipelines and is only the 2nd Australian to hold the position in IPLOCA’s 54 year history.

Commencing in 1966, IPLOCA is  a global association and its members include leading organisations in the international onshore and offshore industry. IPLOCA aims is to develop, foster and promote best practice construction of onshore and offshore pipelines and associated process engineering facilities.

Leon said that he is looking forward to the future opportunities and challenges within the pipeline industry as the world transitions from fossil fuels to a clean energy future.  

“Pipelines play an important role in our day to day lives, both in the supply of fuels for energy production and essential humanitarian services such as the supply of clean water and transportation of wastewater. It is a privilege and honour to have been elected the 2020-21 President of IPLOCA and to be able continue contributing to the international pipeline construction industry.

“The challenges for the industry moving forward are substantial, but consumer demand, improved technologies and new contractor-owner relationships built on frequent dialogue and collaboration through this industry association, herald a new era of progress in the delivery of oil, water and gas.

“IPLOCA has some exciting initiatives being developed and implemented, including the new “Road to Success Application” and the “IPLOCA Technology and Innovation Portal”. It is an exciting time to be leading IPLOCA.” said Leon.  

For more information about IPLOCA’s agenda and the pipeline industry in general please contact Leon Richards on +61 417 628 712 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.