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.

April edition

APGA Annual Awards 2021

The 2021 APGA Annual Awards will be open for nominations from Tuesday 27 April. APGA has awards in these categories:

  • The Outstanding Contribution to the Australian Pipeline Industry Award
  • The Young Achievement Award
  • The Jeff Shepherd Construction Excellence Award
  • The APGA Safety Award
  • The APGA Environment Award
  • The APGA Diversity and Inclusion Award.

Nomination forms will be available on the website when open. The awards are opening earlier this year due to the APGA Annual Convention and Exhibition taking place in September rather than October. The closing date has also been brought forward to Friday 2 July, so get nominating.

Technical library and PECS

The APGA Knowledgebase and the Pipeline Engineering Competency System are available on the X-Info database. All members should have access. Your work email address is your user name and you can choose your own password by clicking on the Reset password button below the dialogue box. Once in, select Search Knowledgebase or PECS. The link is also permanently available in the relevant places on the APGA website.

Young Pipeliners Forum

The NSW YPF is holding a networking event together with Engineers Australia and IChemE Joint Chemical Engineering Committee on Tuesday 20 April.  CCE’s Jim Galanos will also give a talk at the event on cathodic protection.

The Queensland YPF will hold a Geotagging event on Friday 23 April.

Research and Standards Committee

The Future Fuels Seminar will be held in Sydney on Wednesday 9 June 2021. Further details will be available closer to the date. The next RSC Meeting will be held in Sydney on Thursday 10 June 2021. The option to attend virtually will be available for both events.

Pipeline Operations Group

The Pipeline Operations Group held its first meeting of 2021 in Melbourne and via digital access on Wednesday 24 March. The following day, the annual POG Seminar was held in Melbourne with similar numbers attending both in-person and virtually. There were a range of presentations at the seminar that covered current issues in operations and how the sector had handled issues associated with COVID-19.

HS&E Committee

The annual HSE Seminar which had been scheduled to be held in May has been deferred to a date to be determined later in the year.

Pipeline Corridor Committee

South Australian Planning and Design Code reforms have come into effect, improving regulation in support of pipeline corridor management. Overlays closely aligned to those in the APGA Australian Pipeline Database (APD) have been included within the design code under recent reforms. Further, ministerial authority to direct developer activities has been delegated to the Department for Energy and Mining.These changes are positive steps forward for pipeline corridor safety, helping to ensure sensitive development does not occur near gas pipeline assets. This development is a positive example of how the pipeline measurement length overlays found in the APD can be used in regulating safe pipeline corridor management.

Gas Speak Executive


The Australian Gas Industry Trust (AGIT) will be running the Gas Speak Executive online course on Wednesday and Thursday this week. If you missed out, don't worry. The course was so popular that it will probably be run again later in the year, so keep an eye on the AGIT website.


Future Fuels CRC is recruiting

The Future Fuels CRC is recruiting a Research Program Coordinator for Research Program 1: Future Fuel Technologies, Systems And Markets.

The Research Program Coordinator is a pivotal role who will manage a portfolio of our industry-led research projects focusing on understanding the technical, economic, market barriers and opportunities for the use of future fuels. The successful candidate will ensure the program generates tools to model plant-scale / grid-scale production and delivery systems for future fuels like hydrogen and biogas. See the advertisement. For further information, contact FFCRC Research and Innovation Manager Klaas van Alphen.