Australian Standard AS 2885

Australian Standard – AS 2885

The overarching Standard that applies to the pipeline industry in Australia is AS 2885 which relates to the design, construction, testing, operations and maintenance of gas and petroleum pipelines that operate at pressures in excess of 1050kpa. The many other standards used by the pipeline industry are referred to in AS 2885 as the principal document.

AS 2885 was developed by a working group from both industry and government. APGA and its members continue to actively participate in the design, review and development of the national Standard for gas and liquid petroleum high-pressure pipelines by participating as members and associates on Standards Australia development committees.

ME‐038 Committee: Standards of Interest – Update – April 2018

The ME-038 Committee is responsible for standardisation in the field of gas and liquid petroleum pipelines. Many members of the committee are  also members of APGA. The table below lists the status of the several part of AS 2885 and some other standards of interest Committee chair Susan Jaques is happy to answer your questions on AS 2885.

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Standards in the ME‐038 suite of standards are generally considered for revision every five years.

Status – April 2018 Public Comment Draft Status
AS 2885 Pipelines – Gas and Liquid Petroleum  
AS 2885.0 ‐ 2008General RequirementsWith Standards Australia for editingExpected in May
AS     2885.1 ‐ 2012Design and constructionWith Standards Australia for editingSecond public comment version expected late May
AS 2885.2 ‐ 2016WeldingWith Standards Australia for editingExpected in June
AS 2885.3 ‐ 2012Operations and maintenanceWith the subcommittee for revisionExpected July/August
AS 2885.4 – 2010Submarine Pipeline SystemsPublished 2016
AS 2885.5 – 2012Field Pressure Testing Revision committed formed Expected 2019
AS 2885.6 – 0000Safety Management StudiesWith Standards Australia for editing Second public comment version available late May
Other Standards published by ME‐038
AS 4822 ‐ 2008External field joint coatings for steel pipelinesPublication imminent
AS/NZS 1518 ‐ 2002External extruded high‐density‐ polyethylene coating system for pipesOn hold / to be withdrawn / no action currently proposedN/A
AS/NZS 3862 ‐ 2002Dual layer FBERevision under wayPossibly late 2018
AS  1330 ‐ 2004Metallic materials – drop weight tear test for ferritic steelsME‐038 has proposed (internally) to adopt this Standard into ME‐038. No approach has yet been made to MT‐006, as it is currently dormant.  Seeking assistance from Standards.
AS  2207 ‐ 2007Non‐destructive testing ‐ Ultrasonic testing of fusion welded joints in carbon and low alloy steelAn interested party from Western Australia has requested an update to this Standard. APGA is a nominating organisation to MT‐007 and so has been contacted for support for the revision. This has been provided, and a nominee to the committee will be appointed once the committee is convened.
Other Standards of Interest
AS 4645Gas DistributionPublished
AS 4564Gas SpecificationCommittee expected to be formed

Standards Australia

Standards Australia is the peak non-government body responsible for assisting in the development and maintenance of industry standards in Australia, such as AS 2885.

Please note APGA cannot directly issue or distribute copies AS 2885 and other pipeline related Standards due to licensing agreements with SAI Global Limited.

All relevant information can be accessed from the Standards Australia website and copies of the Standard can be purchased from the  SAI Global InfoStore.

Last updated on 19 Apr 2018 by kpolglaze