Pipeline Industry News


Onshore competency standards open for industry review

Thu, 26 May 2016

The final group of APGA’s Pipeline Engineer Competency Standards is now available for review by members of the industry. The competency standards create a framework to enable understanding, assessment and documentation of competency for pipeline engineers and are developed by panels of industry experts. The review period will close on Friday 25 June 2016. Forty-seven newly detailed or revised  competency…


Policy for emissions reduction must include natural gas

Tue, 17 May 2016

Switching to natural gas would make a significant contribution to reducing Australia’s carbon emissions and the Government and Opposition should include this in tomorrow’s debate at the National Press Club. The Australian Pipelines and Gas Association has called on Environment Minister Greg Hunt and Shadow Environment Minister Mark Butler to outline the valuable role of natural gas in reducing emissions…


Gas industry calls for technology-neutral emissions-reduction policy

Tue, 10 May 2016

Australia’s carbon emissions could be reduced by introducing a technology-neutral emissions- reduction system for electricity generation, Australian Pipelines and Gas Association Chief Executive Cheryl Cartwright said today. Ms Cartwright was responding to findings by the South Australian Royal Commission investigating the nuclear fuel cycle. While the Royal Commission found that nuclear power is not yet feasible for Australia, it suggested…


APGA congratulates Gary Gray

Wed, 04 May 2016

The Australian Pipelines and Gas Association has congratulated the Hon Gary Gray on his contribution to the resources portfolio during his term as Minister and Shadow Minister. His resignation from Shadow Cabinet was announced today by the Labor Party. “We appreciate Mr Gray’s commitment to the resources industry and his understanding and appreciation of domestic gas issues,” APGA Chief Executive…


ACCC’s pipelines regulation fails to address gas supply issues

Fri, 22 April 2016

The ACCC East Coast Gas Inquiry final report shows there is no easy way for the domestic gas market to adjust to the development of three LNG export projects in Queensland, APGA Chief Executive Cheryl Cartwright said. “Some of the recommendations of the report issued today demonstrate the ACCC’s inclination to regulate infrastructure even though that will do little to…


World first in pipeline engineering competency standards

Thu, 21 April 2016

For the first time, Australia’s pipeline industry will be covered by a single engineering competency system that brings the onshore and offshore sectors together in what appears to be a world first. Once again, Australia has found an innovative solution to a large and complex problem that has stymied the industry both here and overseas, APGA President Shaun Reardon said…


Natural gas is key to lower carbon emissions

Mon, 11 April 2016

A new report outlining a possible way to achieve emissions reduction is a welcome contribution to policy debate, the Australian Pipelines and Gas Association (APGA) said today. APGA Chief Executive Cheryl Cartwright said the emission intensity scheme proposed for the electricity generation sector in the Grattan Institute report, Climate phoenix: a sustainable Australian climate policy, was worthy of further consideration….


Investment funds confused about emissions

Fri, 18 March 2016

Investment funds that are reportedly reducing their investment in gas transmission pipelines because of climate change concerns are misguided, the industry association said today. “Natural gas used directly has around a quarter of the carbon emissions of electricity taken from the grid today,” Australian Pipelines and Gas Association Chief Executive Cheryl Cartwright said. “To cut our emissions as soon as…


Natural gas: unheralded, but efficient and clean says industry leader

Thu, 17 March 2016

Natural gas is less expensive per petajoule and is less carbon intensive than mains electricity, but a level playing field in government policy is needed so Australians can achieve benefits from using gas, Australian Gas Networks Chief Executive Officer Ben Wilson said today. Speaking at APGA’s Adelaide dinner, Mr Wilson said that for many years government policies had disadvantaged natural…


Another warning on gas supply

Thu, 10 March 2016

Governments today received another warning that unless they quickly introduce policies to increase investment in natural gas, eastern Australia risks supply shortages in just a few years. The Gas Statement of Opportunities 2016, published by the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), forecasts that proven and probable reserves of gas will begin to deplete in 2019. “AEMO says that unless reserves…

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