Welcome to the APGA Update
This is our new monthly publication to keep you in touch with what's going on at APGA. If you'd like something included, please contact Karen Polglaze. The APGA Update will be published in the middle of the month from February to December.
Prompted by the 2021 to 2024 APGA Strategic Plan, some improved administrative arrangements will be introduced for APGA committees in the coming weeks. To assist committee members with scheduling, we are aiming to have each committee establish meeting dates for the year in what will become a rolling calendar. Several committees already set year-long schedules. Committee charters will also be standardised and, in order to help spread the word about the functions and achievements of APGA’s committees, a simple list of questions will be prepared for committees/chairs to answer following each meeting and the responses with be published in the next edition of the APGA Update after each committee meeting.
New AS2885.info blog
A new blog has been established to increase the opportunity for conversations and questions on AS 2885.
If you use the AS 2885 suite of standards for pipeline design, construction and operation, then you probably already know about our wiki site www.AS2885.info. The wiki is like an encyclopedia, where questions about AS 2885 are answered by a team of experts. The wiki is a structured and organised presentation of the information. However, it’s not particularly interactive. So, to allow another method of receiving questions, and to engage in discussions, about interpretation of published AS 2885 Standards, you can now communicate with the team through a Wordpress blog site: www.as2885-info.blog. The purpose of the blog is to provide a community-based communication channel. When new content is posted on the wiki, a post will be added to the blog. Subscribe to the blog by the “subscribe” button in the right side column, and you’ll be notified via email of new posts. The team can also be contacted via the email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
APGA would like to welcome the following new member approved at the June Board Meeting:
- Corporate Member: Red Rock Oilfield Service
A big thankyou to all the members who have already renewed their membership subscription for 2021/22. If you would like to discuss any aspect of your membership or renewal options, please do not hesitate to contact APGA’s Membership Officer, Katy Spence.
Safer Together has issued a new learning event bulletin on working with a suspended load. Learning Event Bulletins are a tool to assist with learning from unwanted events and/or threats in order to reduce the occurrence of high potential incidents. The new bulletin is available here.
Safer Together issues a range of tools and resources to promote safe working in the oil and gas industry. Many are available to non-members in the Sharing Library here.
It’s worth a browse of the Safer Together site.
Young Pipeliners Forum
The YPF National Committee is looking for YPF volunteers to take photos during events for the Pipeliner magazine and for general APGA use. Take this chance to attend APGA events for free in return for improving your photography skills and increasing your networks in the industry. If you would like to know more, contact your State Chair.
- SA: Alana O’Connor
- NZ: Mike Herd
- Qld: Matt Nash
- WA: Megan Le Bourdonnec
- Vic: Cara Robb
- NSW/ACT: Stephanie Oesterheld
Pipeline Operations Group
Outstanding Pipeline Incident Report Declarations to be returned to Dean Bennett as soon as possible.
The next POG meeting will be held in Brisbane on Wednesday 29 September.
Health, Safety and Environment Committee
The HS&E Committee met in early July. Matt McDermott was welcomed as Chair of the Environment Risk and Compliance Subcommittee.
A HS&E workshop will be held in Brisbane on Thursday 5 August. The program and details are on the website.
AGIT Gas Speak 2021
Gas Speak is a three-day colloquium aimed at young gas industry professionals to be held in Canberra from 24 to 27 October. Participants will learn about advocacy, public speaking, giving presentations and chairing meetings. They will also learn about other areas of the gas industry and have the opportunity to mix with industry leaders.
Further information can be found on the nomination form. Nominations close on Friday 27 August.
AGIT Gas Speak Executive
Gas Speak Executive is a 1.5 day training course aimed at senior management to be held in Canberra on 26-27 October. This is a newly offered AGIT training course, aimed at filling the gap for those who want to develop their skills in presenting to the media, handling media inquiries, industry advocacy and critical incident communications.
Further information can be found here. Nominations close on Friday 27 August.
Pipeline Corridor Committee
The Pipeline Corridor Committee met again in June, continuing discussions on pipeline corridor encroachment and changes in State planning regulation in development to protect it. Plans for two separate Land Use Change forums have merged into one, with a forum to discuss recent regulatory changes in South Australia and possible changes elsewhere expected to be held later this year.
Fact sheets Working Group
Six contributors from four member companies met for the first time in June, having offered their time and expertise to contribute to the development of a series of pipeline and gas industry fact sheets. Kicking off with topics including Australia’s complex energy challenge, energy transport cost comparison with poles and wires, and renewable gas being the cheapest path to domestic gas decarbonisation among others, the fact sheets are well on the way.