Welcome to the APGA Update: May 2022

Committee of the Month

Gas Infrastructure Emissions Working Group

The Gas Infrastructure Emissions Working Group was established in 2021 in a joint activity of APGA and Energy Networks Australia.

The group aims to enhance industry efforts to reduce emissions from gas transmission and distribution infrastructure, including associated upstream and downstream infrastructure, operations and projects. It will achieve this aim by sharing information to assist all companies to reduce emissions as rapidly and efficiently as possible. The information shared will include emission reduction initiatives implemented or under way; measurement techniques and methodologies; and public information of interest or use from relevant international and national authorities.

The group will also investigate new measurement and reporting methodologies to ensure emission reduction efforts are accurately reflected in reporting obligations and develop positions to advocate to government to assist in the reduction of emissions and their reporting.

The working group is specifically focussed on reducing emissions from current operations and projects, recognising this is essential in the short and medium term while efforts to decarbonise gas are under way to address emissions in the long-term.

New Members

APGA would like to welcome RTi Asia Pacific PTY LTD as a new corporate member, approved at the April Board Meeting.

Future Fuels CRC

Webinar: Where are the most viable locations for bioenergy hubs across Australia?

This online forum will feature Future Fuels CRC researcher Sam Culley from the University of Adelaide sharing the latest insights from their techno-economic assessment of the viability of biomethane production for bioenergy hub locations across Australia. Sam will be joined by Felicity Sands, Manager of Gas Reform at the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) who will share the latest on the development of the Victorian Gas Substitution Roadmap.

An industry panel will also be on hand to provide their unique perspectives on how to assess the viability of biomethane and bioenergy hubs to further inform research and policy development considerations.

The panel members are:

  • David Norman, CEO, Future Fuels CRC
  • Shahana McKenzie, CEO, Bioenergy Australia
  • Ash Salardini, Chief Economist and General Manager Trade, National Farmers Federation
  • Gabrielle Sycamore, General Manager Renewable Gas, Jemena
  • James Khedari, Portfolio Director, Low Carbon Fuels and Services, Viva Energy
  • Moderator: Benjy Lee Strategic Advisor, Future Fuels CRC, owner Benjy Lee Consulting

This forum is intended for anyone with a specialist interest in biomethane production and biohub development from a research, policy or market perspective, so please use your official email address when registering.

The webinar will be held on Thursday 2 June 2022 from 1130 to 1300 AEST. Register here.

More information on this research project is available here.

ARENA and Bluescope engage Future Fuels CRC and UoW

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has just announced $924,784 for BlueScope Steel to investigate options to decarbonise operations at the Port Kembla Steelworks (PKSW) in New South Wales. Future Fuels CRC will support the study by providing technical input and review activities and by leveraging our broader knowledge base of technical, commercial, market barriers and opportunities for future fuels, including hydrogen and biogases.

Bluescope is partnering with the University of Wollongong to assist in delivering the project by provide expertise in process modelling, steelmaking technologies and pneumatic conveying of raw materials.

The Port Kembla Steelworks Renewables and Emissions Reduction Study will consider the technical and economic feasibility of several decarbonisation options for the plant. This initial project will explore two main pathways to lowering emissions at Port Kembla: Smart Carbon Usage and Direct Carbon Avoidance. The project is expected to be completed in 13 months. Smart Carbon Usage refers to opportunities to substitute coal with renewable carbon sources in the steel production process. More information on the project.

Internship program for 2023 now open for expressions of interest

As part of Future Fuels CRC’s education program the CRC is gauging interest in an industry internship program beginning in 2023 and open to all members of APGA. The internship program would connect industry organisations with the CRC’s partner universities and create internships across a variety of disciplines for both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

The scheme is open to all member organisations of APGA and is currently open for expressions of interest to design and participate in the program so that it meets industry’s needs and helps to create the next generation of future professionals. To make the program a success the team at Future Fuels CRC will need our industry’s input to fully understand the requirements, expectations and constraints.

The program’s viability will depend on the level of interest so please enter your expression of interest as soon as possible via this form.

Standards Australia NEXTgen program

Standards Australia has announced its NEXTgen program which is designed to encourage the next generation of standards developers.

NEXTgen is a free 10-month professional development program, targeted at up and coming professionals with fresh perspectives and experiences from across industry sectors. With five to seven years’ experience in their field of work, we’re looking for individuals that have an interest in learning more about standards and their benefits. 

Find out more and apply.

Applications close on Thursday 30 June 2022

AGIT News

CCUS Training Course: free places available

The Australian Gas Industry Trust (AGIT) is calling for expressions of interest from 10 gas industry employees who would like to attend the 2022 inaugural CO2CRC CCUS Fundamentals Training Course. It will be presented by the CO2CRC’s distinguished scientist, Professor John Kaldi. Attendees will gain an appreciation of the technical, geological and economic aspects of carbon capture and underground storage (CCUS) and an understanding of the applications and potential of CCUS in Australia and internationally.

The training is to be held in Melbourne on Wednesday 22 June from 0900 to 1600 and participants will have to pay for their own travel expenses. Participation in the course is free to successful applicants.

If you wish to apply, please email Jen Thompson and include your name, position and organisation and your contact details. Applications close Friday 3 June.

Committee News

Young Pipeliners Forum 

Qld YPF and the Society of Petroleum Engineers are holding a technical talk on Thursday 19 May on Renewable Gas: Empowering our Sustainable Energy Future. Come join us for a night of lively discussion on the future of renewable gas with our guest speaker APGA National Policy Manager Jordan McCollum. Special thanks to SPE YP for its support in opening this event to YPF members.
Register here.

NT YPF and the Australian Corrosion Association is holding a joint site visit on Thursday 9 June to PCM Group’s facility at East Arm. Join us for a presentation on coating and application selection at the design stage, as well as about maintaining corrosion protection on an operational asset at the brownfields stage. Following the presentation will be a tour, finishing up with networking and a BBQ. Thank you to Everett Consulting NT and PCM Group for sponsoring the event. Register now.

NT YPF is hosting a Fishing Charter on Wednesday 20 July in Darwin and welcome the attendees of the Darwin Dinner to join them. Take the opportunity for a trip to the north, enjoy the great fishing, and meet the great people. Thank you to FYFE, Tremco Pipeline Equipment and Winnellie Process and Valve for sponsoring the event. Numbers are limited so register your interest now.

RSC

A strong RSC contingent is heading to Edinburgh for the Joint Technical Meeting (JTM).  Congratulations to our scholarship winners that are heading to Edinburgh for the JTM, to broaden their research knowledge and international industry networks.

Contractors Committee

A Contractors Committee meeting was held in Brisbane on Thursday 12 May, it was great to get the various organisations together to discuss how to improve collaboration among contractors, owners and the secretariat while focusing on industry safety issues.

HSE

The HSE Seminar has been deferred to a later date – more information to be provided when it is available.

HSE Environment Subcommittee

The WA Government is bringing in an Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act.  Before the comes into operation, the Government needs to develop the regulations, statutory guidelines and operational policies to support the new Act and ensure it will have its intended effects.

Although most workshops have been held members have the opportunity to make a submission which closes on 27 May 2022.

This link takes you to the WA Government website which provides information on the process, how to make a submission and links to various documents.

National Positioning Infrastructure Capability Program survey

ACIL Allen is undertaking an assessment of the economic impact of the National Positioning Infrastructure Capability (NPIC) program for Geoscience Australia. The program provides free and open access to multi global navigational satellite systems (GNSS) observations streams from a national network of continuously operating reference stations (CORS). The CORS network supports a national positioning capability that provides less than 5cm accurate positioning solutions in areas with access to mobile phone coverage (delivery via the internet).

 

ACIL Allen is asking stakeholders with an interest in this program to complete a survey. The survey takes 15-20 minutes to complete. There is an additional optional component for service providers that may take an additional 15 minutes. It can be completed in stages. The survey will close on 25 May 2022.

Events of interest to members

World Gas Conference

The 2022 IGU World Gas Conference will be held from 23 to 27 May in Daegu, Korea. If you are interested and would like more information on this, or the AGIT scholarships for attendance or the WGC in general please contact Jen Thompson at AGIT.

Digital Pipeline Solutions Forum

The Digital Pipeline Solutions Forum (DPSF) will be held in Houston, Texas, from 18 to 19 May 2022 and is the first colloquium of its kind to address how the 4th Industrial Revolution – a new era that builds and extends the impact of digitisation in new and unanticipated ways – will indelibly change the pipeline sector in terms of its daily operations and management. This forum aims to create a greater understanding of the needs the industry has now to ensure the success of not only digital transformation and applied data science, but also the impact and evolving contribution of “cyber-physical systems” involving entirely new capabilities for people and machines.Find out more.

Energy Club NT Golf Day

The Energy Club NT Golf in the Tropics returns in 2022 and will be held at Palmerston Golf Course on Friday 17 June. A Territory corporate golf day is a great opportunity to build relationships with clients and stakeholders or for your own team internally within your company. You don’t need to be a professional - it’s all about having fun and enjoying the networking opportunity with colleagues and peers from the energy industry. Registration will include a welcome lunch for guests. Each player will receive a commemorative golf shirt on the day and a promotional bag filled with goodies and snacks to get you through a day on the course. Find out more and register.

Chemeca

The 51st Chemeca will be held from 25 to 27 September 2022 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. For the first time Chemeca will be held in conjunction with Hazards Australasia. The conference’s theme is Greener, Safer, Cleaner - Chemical Engineering for the Next Century and will bring together chemical engineers and scientists from Australia, New Zealand and across the globe to share insights and innovations relevant across the wide range of industries. It will also coincide with IChemE’s centenary; celebrating the work of chemical engineers, past and present, and developments to meet the many challenges of the future. Find out more.