Pipeline Industry News


NT link next step towards national market

Wed, 26 August 2015

APGA has welcomed the strong commercial interest in the development of the proposed North-East Gas Interconnector pipeline linking Northern Territory gas supplies to eastern Australia. “This infrastructure could be the beginning of a national gas market, as well as provide new gas for the east coast,” Chief Executive of the Australian Pipelines and Gas Association Cheryl Cartwright said. Ms Cartwright…

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APGA welcomes government commitment to natural gas

Tue, 11 August 2015

The Federal and New South Wales governments’ commitment to further research into gas development in NSW is welcome, but further delay must be avoided in the development of gas reserves, the Australian Pipelines and Gas Association said today. “While significant scientific studies, including by the NSW Chief Scientist, have found that developing gas reserves in NSW can be undertaken safely…

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Industry review of pipeline engineer competencies opens

Fri, 07 August 2015

The industry review of the most recently detailed APGA Pipeline Engineer Competency Standards is now open. 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. Our expert panels have done their work and now it’s time to seek the views of the pipeline industry…

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Inquiries urged to present new solutions

Thu, 23 July 2015

The Australian Pipelines and Gas Association said two inquiries into the operation of the gas market must avoid covering old ground and present new solutions in their recommendations, National Policy Manager Steve Davies said. Speaking at the Queensland Power and Gas Forum 2015, Mr Davies said it was often observed that gas market reform moved slowly, but this was not…


Pipeline owners innovate in response to customer needs

Tue, 07 July 2015

Pipeline owners continue to respond and innovate to changing needs of customers, both in investment in physical capacity and transportation capability, and in service provision. This is one of several key points APGA has made in its submission to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) East Coast Gas Inquiry. APGA’s submission said that Australia’s gas transmission industry had delivered…

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APGA 2015 industry awards

Mon, 22 June 2015

Nominations are now open for the 2015 APGA annual awards. To make a nomination for: Most outstanding contribution to the industry; environment achievement; safety achievement; young pipeliner – or the new construction award, the Jeff Shepherd award – use the forms here. The APGA awards are well regarded throughout the industry and highlight the good work of APGA members. Nominations…


Draft legislation won’t help landholders

Fri, 19 June 2015

A draft bill before the Federal Parliament does nothing for the landholders it proposes to assist and poses risks for carbon emissions reduction. APGA Chief Executive Cheryl Cartwright said the Landholders’ Rights to Refuse (Gas and Coal) Bill 2015 would affect the property rights of some landholders with its broad definition of those with an ‘ownership interest’. “It would also…

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NSW acknowledges gas is good

Wed, 17 June 2015

The NSW Government’s acknowledgement of the need to develop natural gas for the State’s future is welcome, the Australian Pipelines and Gas Association said. Commenting on the Government’s response to a NSW parliamentary committee report, APGA Chief Executive Cheryl Cartwright said the report highlighted the need to ensure a secure gas supply for the State. “The recommendations of the Committee…

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Action needed on east coast gas supply

Tue, 02 June 2015

A new report highlights a genuine challenge to Australia’s east coast gas supply, with the potential for a major shortfall in under five years, Australian Pipelines and Gas Association (APGA) Chief Executive Cheryl Cartwright said today. Ms  Cartwright  is  attending  the  World  Gas  Conference  in  Paris,  where  Australia  is  highlighted  as  an important international participant. By 2018, it’s expected that…

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Victorian inquiry must provide certainty

Wed, 27 May 2015

This latest inquiry into the exploration and production of  natural gas in Victoria must, once and for all,  settle  the  issue  of  the  value  of  natural  gas  for  Victorians,  the  Australian  Pipelines  and  Gas Association (APGA) said today. “A  moratorium  on  all  onshore  gas  activities  is  not  good  for  investment  or  for  energy  supplies  in Victoria,” APGA Chief Executive Cheryl…

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