Every year, APGA presents awards to individuals and companies in recognition of their services to the nation’s pipeline industry. The winners of the five annual awards for 2017 were announced at the APGA Annual Convention.
Ashley Kellett, a strong advocate for the industry and a pipeliner with more than 40 years’ experience in many aspects of the transmission industry has won the 2017 APGA Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Pipeline Industry.
Mr Kellett has made a significant contribution to the pipeline industry as the inaugural Managing Director of SEA Gas, a role he held from 2003 to his recent retirement in 2016.
Admired by colleagues for his leadership, knowledge, integrity and energy, and described as a true gentleman, Ashley has always been willing to dedicate his time and wisdom to assist his colleagues.
In addition, Ashley was a Director of APGA from 2004 to 2014 and served as President from 2007 to 2009 following two years as Vice President.
Read more in the True gentleman of the industry recognised for outstanding contribution media release.
Previous Winners of the Outstanding Contribution Award
|Year||Outstanding Contribution||Year||Outstanding Contribution|
|2016||Mick McCormack||2005||Garry O’Meally|
|2015||Richard McDonough||2004||Ian Haddow|
|2014||Stephen Ohl||2003||Max Kimber|
|2013||John Fleming||2002||Philip Venton|
|2012||Peter Tuft||2001||John Balint|
|2011||Stephen Dykes||2000||Jeff Shepherd|
|2010||Robert Gration||1999||Bruce McCaul|
|2009||Andy Lukas||1998||Barry Wood|
|2008||Ted Metcalfe||1997||Ken Bilston|
|2007||Graeme Hogarth||1996||Jim McDonald|
|2006||Bruce Andrews||1995||Leigh Fletcher|
This award recognises the achievements of individuals under 35 years of age and is awarded to an employee of a Sponsoring, Lead or Corporate Member of APGA who has demonstrated a valued and innovative contribution to the industry.
A young pipeliner using her passion for effective communication to help the pipeline industry work more closely with communities and other stakeholders has won the 2017 APGA Young Achievement Award.
Now Communications and Stakeholder Relations Consultant at CNC Project Management, Sally Commins first joined the pipeline industry in 2010 as a journalist at Great Southern Press which publishes APGA’s quarterly magazine, The Australian Pipeliner.
Read more in the Skilled communicator earns award media release.
Past Winners of the Young Achievement Award
|2016||Simon Archibald||2007||Kristin Martin and|
|2015||Tim Vesey||2006||David Maloney and|
|2014||Ryan Perez||2005||Ben Rees and|
|2013||Ian Spence||2004||Susan Jaques|
|2011||Ben Cooper||2002||Stephen Loneragan|
|2010||Liz Brierley||2001||Paul Maloney|
|2009||Dan Morgan||2000||Jason Ward|
This award, which is open to all members of APGA (both companies and individuals), is designed to recognise one or more of the following achievements, all of which aim to improve the safety of the pipeline industry and its personnel:
The 2017 winner was APA Group’s major project to reduce risk on a section of the Roma to Brisbane gas transmission pipeline established a new and cost-effective approach while improving public safety.
Past Winners of the Safety Award
|2016||APA Group||2011||Nacap Australia Pty Ltd|
|2015||Murphy Pipe and Civil||2010||AJ Lucas Group Limited|
|2014||Fyfe Pty Ltd||2009||APA Group|
|2013||Nacap Australia Pty Ltd||2008||Dampier Bunbury Pipeline in conjunction with WestNet|
|2012||McConnell Dowell Constructors (Aust) Pty Ltd||2007||SEA Gas|
A company that undertook a pipeline construction project in a National Park with the highest level of environmental protection in Australia and completed it between the breeding cycles of endangered species has earned the 2017 APGA Environmental Award.
Spiecapag Lucas Joint Venture achieved outstanding environmental and social outcomes during the project to loop sections of the Victorian Northern Interconnect pipeline, including the 4km section inside the very sensitive area of the Chiltern – Mt. Pilot National Park.
Key to the success of the project were the close relations established with the pipeline owner and with statutory bodies and stakeholders, the consultative approach taken during planning, and the disciplined work methods applied on the site.
Read more in the Outstanding result in sensitive environment earns award media release.
|Year||APGA Environment Award|
|2016||CNC Project Management|
|2014||CNC Project Management|
|2012||McConnell Dowell Constructors (Aust) Pty Ltd|
This award was established in 2015 to honour its namesake who was an inspirational figure in the pipeline construction industry over more than four decades. The award recognises excellence in the construction industry.
The 2017 winner, High Boyd, was recognised because of his comprehensive leadership style that promotes the development of excellent teams with clear goals.
Hugh has been a pipeliner for more than three decades and has worked on many of Australia’s notable pipeline construction projects.
As a General Pipeline Superintendent for Nacap, Hugh has led crews of more than 500 people on high-speed, complex pipeline projects across every state in Australia. He has also worked overseas, including in Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Thailand, building large diameter pipelines in jungle and high rainfall terrains.
Read more in the Outstanding result in sensitive environment earns award Leadership style and mentoring ability earn award media release.
Past Winners of the Jeff Shepherd Award for Construction Excellence
|Year||Jeff Shepherd Award for Construction Excellence|