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Welcome to the tenth edition of ceNEWS for 2019: November

Message from the CEO

The message from CEO Steve Davies is now available on video.

You can see it by clicking on this link. If you'd prefer to read the words, you can find them in the pdf version in the resources on the ceNEWS page. The content is not guaranteed to be the same. Go on, give the video a try. And while you're there, leave a comment or like the video. Steve likes the feedback!

AGM and October/November Board Meetings

The 51st AGM of the Association was held on Tuesday 15 October in Adelaide during the annual Convention. With three nominations received for the three vacancies on the Board, an election was not required. Two of the three retiring Directors were re-appointed by the members who also appointed a new Director, Luis Guevara (Vacuworx). The ongoing APGA Board now comprises Tony O’Sullivan (MPC Kinetic) who was appointed as President for the next two years, Donna McDowall (Quanta Services) appointed as the new Vice President, Wendy Oldham (SEA Gas) re-appointed as the Treasurer, Dave Maloney (CNC Project Management) (Immediate Vice President), Peter Cox (Worley),  Mark Dayman (Fyfe), Luis Guevara (Vacuworx), Kevin Lester (APA Group), Leon Richards (McConnell Dowell) and John Stuart-Robertson (HDI Lucas). Jon Cleary (Australian Gas Infrastructure Group), who was appointed in May 2018, completed his term as a Director and didn’t renominate. APGA thanks Jon for his significant contribution as a Director of the association.

The first full meeting of the 2019/20 APGA Board will be held in APA’s Sydney office on Wednesday 27 November. This is timed to coincide with the 2019 APGA Sydney drinks which always provide a wonderful atmosphere for our members to informally network with the Directors of the Association and to discuss issues of mutual interest or concern. During the Board meeting, the Directors will be meeting with the senior management of the Future Fuels CRC and Great Southern Press as part of the regular get-togethers with our major partners.

2019 APGA Award Winners

APGA congratulates all of the award winners for 2019:

  • Outstanding Contribution to the Pipeline Industry Award – Phil Colvin (Jemena)

  • Young Achievement Award – Richard Morgan (APA Group) and Brendan McGuckin (MPC Kinetic)

  • Jeff Shepherd Construction Excellence Award – Mark Bumpstead (Quanta Services)

  • Environment Award – APA Group

  • Safety Award – Qube Energy

In addition, the Board of APGA awarded Honorary Life Membership to long-time industry leader Mick McCormack. Congratulations to Mick and all of the 2019 award winners.

CEPA to use PECS

The Canadian Energy Pipelines Association has decided to use the APGA Pipeline Engineering Competency System (PECS) to assist its engineers in knowledge transfer and assuring competency. The PECS is a unique, world-leading system which was several years in development and required considerable resources to bring to fruition. It covers the lifecycle of both onshore and offshore pipeline engineering in a single cohesive system that provides for understanding, assessing and documenting competency. CEPA and APGA have entered into a licence agreement that will allow CEPA to convert the PECS to suit Canadian regulation and Standards. Once this is achieved, CEPA members will separately enter into licence agreements with APGA to enable them to use the Canadian PECS. Read more.

Technical Webinar

The November Technical Webinar will introduce members to the new APGA Guideline on Biodiversity Offsets produced by the Environmental Risk and Compliance subcommittee of the HS&E Committee. Two of the subcommittees members, Thomas Wright and David Francis who co-authored the guideline will be joined by David Coleman to present the webinar which will be held at 1230 on Wednesday 13 November. Book your place now.

The videos of all of our webinars for 2019 are available to members only via the resources on this page or via the Technical Webinars link on the home page. Keep an eye out for upcoming technical webinars by checking APGA Events on the website.

New members

APGA would like to welcome Vac-Ex Australia as a new member approved at the October Board Meeting.

Every employee can have a log-on

A reminder that APGA membership entitles all of the staff of a member company to the benefits of membership. Encourage your staff to get a log-on for the website if they haven’t already to access many of those benefits. Contact APGA’s Membership Officer, Katy Spence if you have any questions about your membership.


Pipeline industry legend Peter Rees passed away on Friday 4 October 2019. Peter began work at the age of 19 with the Colonial Gas Company. He moved to the pipelines division of the Gas and Fuel Corporation when it took over Colonial in the 1970s. His first pipeline project was to hydrotest the first two sections of looping of the 30-inch Longford to Dandenong Pipeline in the late 1970s. In 1984, he ventured out on his own and established Hydrostatic Testing Services which led to work on pipeline projects in every State and Territory in Australia and on projects in Papua New Guinea. New Zealand, Indonesia, Burma, Bangladesh, Pakistan and England. Peter and his wife Suzanne attended many of the associations Conventions and were great supporters.

Gas and energy policy

Several major developments have occurred on the policy front this month. On 1 November the COAG Energy Council published a Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) for consultation on Options to improve gas pipeline regulation. The significance of the RIS for owners and operators of gas transmission pipelines can’t be overstated as the outcomes of this process will determine the future shape of the regulatory environment in which all pipelines must do business. The RIS document covers the full range of possible regulatory options from maintaining the status quo to requiring full regulation of all pipelines.

In developing our response to the RIS, APGA has emphasised the importance of working with stakeholders to discuss pipeline reforms and improve cross-sector understanding of the issues. Collaborating with stakeholders to identify and develop coordinated policy positions in areas of common interest is crucial to achieving optimal outcomes for pipelines and the wider gas market.

In responding to the RIS, APGA has a strong case to make. Gas pipeline stakeholders have little appetite for yet another round of major pipeline regulatory reform (and consequent regulatory uncertainty and upheaval). They feel that the previous round of reforms led to significant market improvements that are still unfolding and these should be allowed sufficient time to consolidate. Robust evaluation of those reforms is required before considering yet more reform.

A key development in achieving those aims was the Stakeholder Forum hosted by APGA in Melbourne on 1 November. The Forum was well attended and very well received, so achieved its purpose. In additional to a strong contingent of pipeliners, a broad range of major gas users, industry associations and government officials participated. Speakers included: Dr Michael Vertigan, architect of many of the recent gas market reforms; AiG’s Tennant Reed; representatives from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), Dept. of Environment and Energy, Energy Users Association (EUAA) and the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO); as well as senior executives from APA Group and Jemena.

Submissions on the RIS close on 20 December. Despite these positive first steps APGA has a long way to go in developing its response to this critical policy initiative. We will keep you posted.

Subject matter experts needed

The Australian Gas Industry is undergoing major transformation due to the adoption of new technologies. Four new Training Package development projects have begun to address the changing skill needs of the industry. The Gas Industry Reference Committee is forming a single Technical Advisory Committee for the projects and experts are needed to help develop five new units of competency to support the skills needs of gas technicians in the area of pipeline emergency repairs. APGA supports the work of the Gas Industry Reference Committee and has a representative on it. Contributing to the TAC is one way of ensuring your expertise is passed on to the next generation and we continue to have a safe and reliable energy system. Find out more and register by Wednesday 13 November here.

 Committee news

Research and Standards Committee

The RSC’s final meeting for 2019 will be held in Perth at the Parmelia Hilton hotel on Thursday 21 November. For more details about the RSC, please contact APGA’s Business Manager Steve Dobbie. The Future Fuels CRC is now well and truly up and running with 37 projects now approved and being managed, while 25 PhD students have begun, or are about to begin, their doctorates.

Health, Safety and Environment Committee

The HS&E Committee will meet on Friday 6 December at 9.30am AEST in the HDI Lucas office at Level 12, 145 Eagle Street, Brisbane and by teleconference.

Pipeline Operators Group (POG)

It was a full house for the recent meeting of the APGA Pipeline Operators Group which was held in Adelaide on the day immediately following the 2019 APGA Convention. More than 30 members, including three new members from ATCO Gas, Water Corporation WA and the NT’s Power and Water, spent the day discussing operational issues of mutual concern and interest. The POG welcomes the three new members, and also the new POG Chair for the next two years: Ryan Phipps from First Gas in New Zealand. Ryan replaces Laura Bulloch from EIM who has completed her two-year term as Chair and APGA thanks Laura for her fantastic contributions while she fulfilled this important role. Ryan will be supported by Sam Maloney from Beach Energy who was appointed as Deputy Chair of POG.

Contractors Committee

The APGA Contractors Committee, led by APGA Director, Leon Richards, held its annual Convention meeting in Adelaide recently. While the number of contractor members has reduced over the past few years, the passion and enthusiasm shown by the current members of the committee will ensure that APGA’s contractors and their staff are well represented in the ever-changing workplaces that they operate within.


SA YPF is holding a Lawn Bowls break up event on 21 November at the Adelaide Bowling Club. Thank you to Australian Gas Infrastructure Group and Pipe Tek for sponsoring the event. Save the date and watch for an invitation soon.

WA YPF is holding its annual Christmas Drinks after the APGA Perth Christmas Lunch at Raffles on 22 November. Thank you to APTS, Brooks Hire Service, Enscope, Fyfe, Momentum Engineering, MPC Kinetic, Oceaneering Australia and Veris for sponsoring the event.
RSVP to Megan Le Bourdonnec.
NSW/ACT YPF is planning a speaker event followed by drinks with the APGA Board before the Sydney Christmas Drinks on 27 November. Save the date and watch for an invitation soon.

Vic YPF will hold Christmas Drinks again at the Pullman Melbourne on the Park following the Melbourne Christmas Lunch on 29 November. Thank you to McConnell Dowell, Mipela GeoSolutions and Tremco Pipeline Equipment for sponsoring the event. Save the date and watch for an invitation soon.

Qld YPF is holding Christmas Drinks once more following the APGA Brisbane Christmas Lunch at the Hilton Brisbane on 6 December. Thank you to Tremco Pipeline Equipment for sponsoring the event. Save the date and watch for an invitation soon.

If you’re interested in supporting any of the APGA YPF events held around the country or joining one of the State Committees, please contact APGA.


Past events

2019 APGA Convention and Exhibition

The 2019 APGA Convention held in Adelaide from 12 to 15 October was the only APGA event held during the month. We are now reflecting on what was universally agreed to have been a very successful Convention and Exhibition. Throughout the course of the event, 351 delegates attended four days of fantastic social and business events and visited 72 vibrant and active exhibition stands. The feedback from the Exhibition was very positive, however, we believe that more focus needs to be directed towards the attraction of a higher number of trade visitors during the two days of the Exhibition. Despite the state of the industry in some sectors, the overall mood was very positive, and this started at the Saturday morning’s golf and flowed through until the end of the Tuesday night Happy Hour. Keynote speaker, Anna Meares, set the tone on Monday morning with an inspiring presentation that left all of the attendees with at least one take-away message and lesson. APGA thanks all of the delegates and their partners, all of the Exhibitors and their staff and all of the sponsors for committing their time and money to this important industry event.

As you’d expect, planning is now well under way for next year’s Convention, to be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from 17 to 20 October 2020. Please make a note in your diary now! Exhibition and sponsorship information will be circulated in late November/early December. However, if you are interested in expressing an interest to either exhibit or sponsor the event, please contact APGA’s Business Manager, Steve Dobbie.

Upcoming events

The Christmas Season

It is time to diarise the Christmas season of APGA events. These are always very popular events and we hope to see you at least at the one in your hometown and in the other States if possible.

The schedule of events is:




Registrations Open

Perth Christmas Lunch

Fri 22 November

South of Perth Yacht Club

21 October 2019

Sydney Christmas Drinks (6.00pm – 9.00pm)

Wed 27 November

Hotel CBD, Club Bar

28 October 2019

Melbourne Christmas Lunch

Fri 29 November

Olympic Room, MCG

30 October 2019

Brisbane Christmas Lunch

Fri 6 December

Brisbane Hilton

4 November 2019

Adelaide Christmas Lunch

Fri 13 December

Adelaide Oval

7 November 2019

APGA would like to thank the following sponsors for each of the Christmas events:  


    Perth Christmas Lunch – Denso, Valmec and ROSEN (and APA Group for the shuttle bus to the YPF drinks)

    Sydney Christmas Drinks –Corrosion Control Engineering and Tremco Pipeline Equipment

    Melbourne Christmas Lunch – Denso and Qube Energy

    Brisbane Christmas Lunch – GPA Engineering, MPC Kinetic and Universal Corrosion Coatings

    Adelaide Christmas Lunch – Epic Energy SA and Land Access Management Services (LAMS).


Following members’ requests, APGA is pleased to announce the continuation of guest entertainers for the 2019 Melbourne and Brisbane functions. Continuing the magical theme observed at the Convention, internationally acclaimed comedy magician Phil Cass will feature at the MCG on 29 November, while Brisbane guests on 6 December will be entertained by another comedy magician, Brad Manuel. It will be great to have both of these entertainers joining us at our Christmas events

Other events

Energy Club NT will hold an industry dinner on Thursday 7 November featuring guest speaker Sun Cable CEO David Griffin on the topic Sun Cable - Renewable Energy for Singapore and Australia. Book here:  APGA members receive a special price at Energy Club NT events.

Corrosion and Prevention 2019 will bring together leading researchers and industry practitioners who combat corrosion daily. Diverse technical streams will showcase the latest developments in corrosion, ranging from fundamental corrosion science to hands-on application. Save the date: Date: 24-27 November 2019. The conference will be held at the Crown Promenade in Melbourne. Find out more:

Registration is now open for PIPA’s Ozpipe XI, Australia’s only conference dedicated solely to plastics pipe and fittings. Ozpipe will be held on 7 to 8 November in Sydney and will feature some of the world’s most authoritative international experts speaking on technological advancements in plastic pipe and fitting materials, welding procedures, installation techniques and innovative case studies. For more information visit:

Hazards Australasia 2019 is a leading process safety conference to be held on 13 to 14 November in Brisbane. It shares best practice, latest developments and lessons learned in process safety, promoting a continuous focus on improving process safety performance. It will be held at the Hilton Brisbane, and will bring together process safety practitioners from Australia, New Zealand and beyond. Technical programme available, plenary speakers confirmed and early bird registration open. Find out more.

The PNG Chamber of Mines and Petroleum is hosting a three-day Mining and Petroleum Conference in on 3 to 5 December in Port Moresby. The conference will provide a comprehensive technical update and opportunities for delegates to meet all the players in the PNG mining and petroleum industry, including Government and for joint venture discussions, networking and promotion. Early bird registration is available. Find out more:

The International Gas Union Research Conference is to be held on 24-26 February 2020 in Muscat, Oman. One of the main discussion topics is gas pipelines and distribution. The call for abstracts is now open. See

Europe’s leading conference and exhibition on pipeline systems, the Pipeline Technology Conference, will be held in Berlin, Germany, from 30 March to 2 April 2020. Find out more.

HERA NZ will hold the Pipeline Defect Assessment Course (PDAC) in Auckland from 9 to 11 June 2020. PDAC has been presented for more than 25 years in locations all over the world. The course covers quantitative and qualitative assessment methods for defects detected in oil and gas transmission pipelines: attendees are shown various methods to assess a wide range of defects in pipelines. It shows pipeline operators, service providers, and consultants how they can demonstrate that pipelines are safe to operate without the need to repair many of the defects present. PDAC will be delivered by UK-based expert Phil Hopkins in 2020. APGA members are offered a 15 per cent discount. Find out more.