Welcome to the APGA Update: July 2022

Committee of the Month

Women’s Pipeline Forum

The Women's Pipeline Forum (WPF) has been established to foster the participation of women in the pipeline and gas industries and to encourage opportunity and active involvement in all sectors of the industry.

The committee’s stated purpose is to promote collaboration, contribution, celebration and empowerment of women by developing an environment of opportunity and success for the growth of women in our industry.

The WPF has an established committee and will organise events across Australia throughout the year. Events may include development and educational opportunities across the industry, and social networking events (virtual and in-person).

Membership of the APGA Women's Pipeline Forum is open to women who are APGA members or work for APGA members.

If you would like to be added to the mailing list for updates from this group, please click here to provide details.

The WPF has three subcommittees as well as subcommittees to deal with events in most jurisdictions and in New Zealand. The Research Subcommittee will examine areas that need to be targeted in relation to gender in the pipeline industry, the Advocacy Subcommittee will focus on promoting diversity in the industry and the Education Subcommittee will look at education and mentoring programs.

Gender equality in our industry

Carina Nixon and Margaret Gayen are conducting a survey on gender bias in the industry to gather data in support of a paper they will be presenting at the 2022 APGA Annual Convention, entitled Creating Cultural Change to Support Gender Equality in Engineering.

The information requested asks respondents to share their stories and experiences with gender bias via this survey. We encourage you to take the survey no matter what your experiences have been.

2022/23 Membership Renewals

A big thankyou to all the members who have already renewed their membership subscription for 2022/23. 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

Surat Basin Energy Summit

The 2022 Surat Basin Energy Summit, based in Dalby in the Western Downs, will bring industry leaders together on Tuesday 16 August to explore how the Surat Basin can continue to deliver diverse energy production, ensuring economic growth for decades to come.

The Surat Basin is currently the region in Australia with the largest amount of onshore natural gas activity and investment. The major companies involved in gas development and export include Shell’s QGC Business, APLNG/Origin Energy, Arrow Energy, Santos and Senex.

There are currently 34 large-scale renewable projects under development in the Surat Basin, with a total capacity of more than 11 GW. This capacity represents almost 30 per cent of all projects under development in Queensland, and 7 per cent of all projects in the National Energy Market. Ninety-eight per cent of energy projects under development comes from renewable energy (wind, solar, battery). Find out more.

Future Fuels CRC

Research Seminar

The Future Fuels CRC Research Seminar will be held in Sydney on Thursday 25 August and is also open to virtual attendees. This is a great opportunity to understand the latest research with presentations and Q&As from the subject matter experts on topics including techno-economics, gas appliance compatibility, social licence and policy, network lifecycle management and future research into future fuels.

The seminar is open only to employees of companies that are members of the Research and Standards Committee. Find out more and register.

Social licence to operate training package

The Future Fuels Cooperative Research Centre has developed an education and training package to build an understanding of the concept of social licence to operate and to outline and develop the skills required to proactively manage the social licence, particularly as it applies to future fuels.

The online training package is available to all APGA members. Find out more and sign-up.



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Committee News

Young Pipeliners Forum 

WA YPF and APGA are holding the annual Quiz night on 27 July. Join us at the Leederville Function Centre at the East Perth Football Club for an evening of networking and trivia. Make a team and book a table of eight or book a single ticket and create a team on the night. Thank you to major sponsors GPA Engineering and Rosen. Book now.


The next RSC Meeting will be held in Sydney on 24 August in conjunction with a Networking Evening on the same date and the FFCRC Seminar on 25 August at the Sydney Hilton Hotel.

Pipeline Corridor Committee

The Pipeline Corridor Committee has decided to postpone the upcoming Land Use Change Forum to a later date yet to be named.

Events of interest to members


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.