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Pipeline Owners Committee

Pipeline Owners Committee

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.

For more information email apga@apga.org.au or phone 02 6273 0577

Achievements

  • In cooperation with the APGA Energy Committee, helped to secure amendments to the Clean Energy Bill 2011. The Government’s original draft required all gas facilities that acquired gas outside the retail supply chain to be directly liable for emissions. This was a substantial departure from the long-standing policy intent to only require facilities producing above 25,000 tonnes of emissions to be directly liable. Had it stood unchanged all gas transmission pipelines would have been required to comply with the Clean Energy Bill 2011. Work by the Pipeline Owners Committee and the APGA Secretariat resulted in the Government moving back to its long-standing intention.
  • Generating the creation of the APGA Pipeline Corridor Committee.
  • Adding weight, credibility and profile to the industry’s conversations with senior politicians and bureaucrats.
  • Leading by example for the rest of the industry by cooperating in the best interests of our industry and our nation.

Priorities

  • Presenting the case of pipeline business owners directly to government in a united way.
  • Addressing regulatory creep by governments, particularly the impact of the regulatory burden on, and economic intervention in, business.
  • Addressing standardisation of regulations across the country and ensuring regulations imposed in one market do not repeat the mistakes or unnecessarily duplicate those already existing in the other market.
  • Responding to the Australian Government’s Draft Energy White Paper released in December 2011 and influencing the final Energy White Paper to be released in 2012.
  • Influencing the Government’s policies around investment in the industry – continuing to promote gas as the sensible transition fuel to meet the nation’s carbon emissions reduction targets.
  • Addressing creeping charges and costs imposed on the industry through initiatives such as the carbon tax and safety levies.

 

Last updated on 24 Jul 2014 by kpolglaze