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LOOP, Phillips 66 Win 2020 Distinguished Pipeline Safety Awards

WASHINGTON, April 20, 2021 – The American Petroleum Institute (API) is pleased to announce that LOOP LLC and Phillips 66 Pipeline LLC are the winners of the 2020 Distinguished Pipeline Safety Awards, which recognize operators who have distinguished themselves as champions of industry innovation and operational excellence.

"LOOP and Phillips 66 have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to safety and environmental stewardship, serving as shining examples for an industry that is committed to the continuous advancement of safety," API President and CEO Mike Sommers said. "Our industry’s dedication to cultivating a strong safety culture is one of many reasons why pipelines are the safest and most environmentally friendly way of transporting the resources needed to power our modern lives.

LOOP is recognized for the Distinguished Pipeline Safety Award in the small operator category for their leadership and safety culture, including the implementation of API’s Safety Management System, deployment innovative technologies to improve post-incident inspections and leak detection capability, and cultivation of strong partnerships with local communities, industry operators and trade associations.

"LOOP will be celebrating its 40th year of service to our nation’s energy producers and consumers next month," said Terry Coleman, president of LOOP LLC. "The company and its contractors continued the multi-year journey to fully implement the Pipeline Safety Management System that promotes a culture of safety, sharing and learning through peer and community engagement. Inspired by the SMS and working closely with agency partners including the United States Coast Guard and the State of Louisiana; the company operations resulted to zero negative outcomes for People, Pipe and Planet."

Phillips 66 is recognized for the Distinguished Pipeline Safety Award in the large operator category after recording an outstanding year in employee safety and operational excellence. The company’s use of comprehensive risk modelling and a Health, Safety and Environment Management System led it to record zero pipeline system release events, zero recordable employee injuries and zero significant vehicle accidents in 2020. Additionally, Phillips 66’s commitment to cutting-edge research and development has the potential to improve pipeline safety for the entire industry.

"2020 was a record year for our Phillips 66 team in terms of our health, safety and environmental performance," said Todd Denton, president, Phillips 66 Pipeline LLC. "Our employees accomplished this outstanding performance while commissioning and placing into full service the largest pipeline project in our company’s history and starting up a major NGL expansion project at our Sweeny Hub, all while managing through the challenges of the COVID pandemic. At Phillips 66, we are on a journey of building a culture that places the highest priority on the safety of our people, our communities, and the environment. It’s a journey that never ends, and one that demands we continuously strive for further improvement."

API represents all segments of America’s natural gas and oil industry, which supports more than ten million U.S. jobs and is backed by a growing grassroots movement of millions of Americans. Our 600 members produce, process and distribute the majority of the nation’s energy, and participate in API Energy Excellence, which is accelerating environmental and safety progress by fostering new technologies and transparent reporting. API was formed in 1919 as a standards-setting organization and has developed more than 700 standards to enhance operational and environmental safety, efficiency and sustainability.

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