The history of the Australian pipeline industry is characterised by instances of great leadership – of individuals, and of the industry as a whole.
Our industry association was created by pipeline contractors and joined by operators seeking better safety and efficiency for the whole industry; our Australian Standard was developed by the industry long before regulators sought to impose one; we developed a Code of Environmental Practice often used by other industries and referenced by regulators; the Young Pipeliners Forum is leading the way internationally in the engagement of young people and helping knowledge transfer to the next generation of experts; and the Pipeline Engineer Training Project is providing skills details that have generated interest from universities and the international industry.
Our major infrastructure owners are also leading by example and working cooperatively for the benefit of our industry.
The APGA Pipeline Owners Committee was formally reconvened and recognised in 2010 with all major pipelines represented and actively involved.
Already, the Committee has added significant credibility to our industry’s arguments to government, providing a “presence” in the corridors of power in Canberra in support of the APGA secretariat’s policy work and helping (in support of the work of the APGA Energy Policy Committee) to secure amendments to the Australian Government’s Clean Energy Bill 2011 (see below).
The Committee meets at the highest level with the Boards of the regulatory bodies and the Australian Energy Market Operator to discuss gas trading issues, and was instrumental in the development of the very useful gas fact sheets.
Separately, APGA has also established an APGA Pipeline Corridor Committee to address the issues raised by the Pipeline Owners Committee around pipeline easement protection and urban development and planning.
Many of these issues will not be solved overnight – they may take months or years of concerted effort – requiring our industry leaders to continue their commitment to working together and finding consensus over as many issues as possible for the benefit of our industry.
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