The cooperative approach to problem-solving taken by members throughout APGA’s 50-year history equipped the association well for facing future challenges, Chief Executive Officer Steve Davies said.
Speaking at the 2018 APGA Annual Convention being held in Darwin, Mr Davies said one of the most important challenges facing the pipeline and gas industries was the social licence to operate.
“An industry’s social licence is not something that can be managed individually,” Mr Davies said.
“Every individual company needs it. Every individual project needs it. Owners need it. Contractors need it. Service providers need it. Suppliers need it. But we must have it collectively, as the pipeline industry, as the gas industry, for any project to get off the ground.
“If society doesn’t trust or respect us, there won’t be much opportunity for us.
“We have to have it collectively, but any individual company can damage an industry’s social licence.
“That’s one of the reasons we work together, to identify causes of failure, to agree on the best way to prevent it and to share experiences when failure does occur.
“The need for us to constantly strive to do things better will never lessen. The expectations of the community, regulators, clients, will only increase. The risk of a major failure will always be there.
“There’s a flip side to this, we are not just working together on a never-ending task to minimise failure, we are helping each other succeed. Success is equally important as failure for our industry’s social licence and reputation.
“More importantly, we all have to succeed every time for our social licence to continue.
“And when one of us succeeds, the industry succeeds. Even better, we can build on each other’s success.”
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