One of APGA’s objectives is to improve the regulatory environment in which pipeline projects are developed, constructed and operated in Australia.
A key focus for the Association was the development of the National Gas Law which came into effect on 1 July 2008.
APGA considers that a market-driven approach encourages the competitively priced supply of gas. The market should be allowed to evolve naturally, over time and in line with increasing possibilities for trading provided by more interconnection and greater depth of suppliers, pipelines and users. Therefore, APGA supports policy measures that are consistent with this market-driven approach rather than a more interventionist and tightly regulated model.
APGA continues to consult with government, endeavouring to ensure appropriate policies are implemented so that long-term investment can be undertaken in the nation’s critical infrastructure.
The gas transmission industry’s national standard, AS2885, is highly regarded by other Australian industries and internationally. It was developed by a working group from both industry and government. The AS 2885 relates to 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. All relevant information can be accessed from the Standards Australia website. Standards Australia is the non-government development body responsible for assisting in the development and maintenance of industry standards, such as AS2885.
Other technical issues are managed by a range of committees covering environment and heritage, climate change, health and safety and maintenance.