Pipeline Industry News


PM’s commitment to technology-neutral energy policy welcomed

Wed, 01 February 2017

The Australian Pipelines and Gas Association (APGA) today welcomed Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s commitment to develop an energy policy based on energy security and cost rather than the type of technology used to deliver it. APGA Chief Executive Cheryl Cartwright also welcomed Mr Turnbull’s promise to work with the States on sustainable onshore gas development. “I am very pleased to…


New AEMO appointment welcomed

Tue, 24 January 2017

The gas transmission industry congratulates Audrey Zibelman on her appointment to the important role of Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Energy Market Operator. Australian Pipelines and Gas Association Chief Executive Cheryl Cartwright said the appointment came at a critical time for Australia’s energy industry. “The supply of electricity is under challenge in many States with the closure of coal-fired…


Heat wave should force governments to focus on energy policy

Sun, 15 January 2017

High temperatures being experienced across Australia should help energy ministers focus on the importance of developing a comprehensive and technology-neutral national energy policy. APGA Chief Executive Cheryl Cartwright said a key element of that policy must address the issue of increasing the supply of natural gas to both domestic consumers and manufacturers by removing barriers to exploration and development. “Natural…


Technology-neutral climate and energy policy needed

Mon, 19 December 2016

APGA has called for the development and implementation of technology-neutral climate and energy policy in a submission to a discussion on the Queensland Gas Supply and Demand Action Plan. APGA Chief executive Cheryl Cartwright said Queensland had taken a sensible path in trying to develop its long-term strategy by asking for submissions on a discussion paper that included 29 reform…


Vertigan recommendations cautiously welcomed

Wed, 14 December 2016

The Australian Pipelines and Gas Association today cautiously welcomed the report of independent reviewer Dr Michael Vertigan and its proposals on aspects of transmission pipeline capacity negotiations. Dr Vertigan has led a deep and thorough review of recommendations made in the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s Inquiry into the East Coast Gas Market, APGA Chief Executive Cheryl Cartwright said. “Dr…


Call for papers now open for 2017 APGA Annual Convention

Tue, 13 December 2016

The Call for Papers is now open for the 49th Annual Convention and Exhibition of the Australian Pipelines and Gas Association. The Convention will be held at the Cairns Convention Centre from 14 to 17 October 2017. It is one of the most significant industry events for pipelines and gas. Its value as an opportunity for information exchange, learning and…

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Ministers must act on gas supply

Thu, 08 December 2016

APGA calls on governments to act now to develop a comprehensive and technology-neutral national energy policy to remove the supply uncertainties highlighted in the 2016 National Gas Forecasting Report issued today. APGA Chief Executive Cheryl Cartwright said that while the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) report predicted a shift to lower-emissions gas-fired power generation, that transition hinged on the question…


Gas bans a risk to Victorian energy security

Wed, 23 November 2016

Victoria’s decision to move ahead with legislating a permanent ban on unconventional gas extraction is extremely disappointing, risking the State’s economic future, APGA said today. At a time when increasing the proportion of natural gas in our national energy mix would do much to cut Australia’s carbon emissions, the Victorian Government today introduced legislation that will make the smooth transition…


Broader focus needed to bring more gas to consumers

Wed, 26 October 2016

The Australian pipeline industry today called on policy-makers to broaden their focus from pipeline regulation to consider policies that would increase the gas available to both domestic and manufacturing consumers. Increasing the supply of gas would ensure more efficient operation of markets, continuing infrastructure development, and help address the current imbalance where demand was outstripping supply, APGA Chief Executive Cheryl…


SEA Gas Chief elected to Board

Wed, 12 October 2016

The new Chief Executive Officer of SEA Gas, Wendy Oldham, has been elected to the Board of the Australian Pipelines and Gas Association. Ms Oldham took over the helm of natural gas transmission pipeline owner and operator SEA Gas earlier this year after 15 years as General Manager of APA Group’s pipeline systems in the Northern Territory SEA Gas owns…

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