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Welcome to the eighth edition of ceNEWS for 2019: September

Message from the CEO

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Board meeting

The Board met in Adelaide in early August and conducted the annual Board performance review, approved the audited 2018-19 financial reports and discussed a number of matters of high importance to the association. Matters the Board wishes to bring to members attention are:

The imminent publishing of Version 5 of the CSG Code is a great success and the result of a lot of work from the CSG Technical Committee. We would like to especially recognise the work Paul Beukelman, the Chair of the CSG Technical Committee and Editor of Version 5 has, has put into the process.

Strong cost management has enabled the Association’s finances to return to the black in 2018/19. This is a great result and sets the Association up to continue improving its services to members.

The Convention is shaping up well and we are looking forward to participating in the program. We’d like to ask all members to encourage guests to participate, if you’ve had a great experience at Convention please let your network know.

New members

APGA would like to welcome the following new members approved at the August Board Meeting:


Aegis Pty Ltd

LW Survey Australia Pty Ltd

Maxibor Australia


Quest Integrity AUS Pty Ltd

Metcalfe Engineering ConsultantsPty Ltd

Aerodyne UAV Australia Pty Ltd


·       Justine Hyams

Membership renewal reminder

Please ensure that you continue to receive the member discounts available for the APGA networking events and the Annual APGA Convention and Exhibition by renewing your membership as soon as possible. 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.

Industry review of Pipeline Engineering Competency Standards

Revised Pipeline Engineering Competency Standards (PECS) are now available for industry review and the PECS Committee wants your input.

The 41 draft competencies are all in the onshore sector and they are in the following competency areas: Asset Management (AM); Commercial Aspects (CA); Corrosion Control (CC); Design of Onshore Pipelines (DP); Environment and Heritage (EH); Industry Background (IB); Instruments and Controls (IC), Pipeline Operations (OP); and Right of Way Acquisition and Management (EA). Please visit the review page and use the form provided to submit comments and suggested amendments or to ask questions.

Submissions to the PECS Industry Review will close on Friday 13 September 2019.

APGA Technical Webinar

Our next webinar, scheduled for 1230 AEST on Wednesday 18 September will examine the topic of Energy Pipelines CRC: 10 years of industry led research. The presenters will be Research and Standards Committee Chair Mark Fothergill and Future Fuels CRC Research and Innovation Manager Klaas van Alphen who previously held a similar position in the Energy Pipelines CRC.
The webinar will cover the role of the APGA Research and Standards Committee, the benefits of collaborative research for the pipeline industry, a summary of the key of achievements of the Energy Pipelines CRC, and lessons learned and outlook for the future. Book 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.

Gas and energy policy

APGA participated in and gave a presentation to the Future Fuels Cooperative Research Centre (FFCRC) inaugural Researcher Conference in mid-August. The work of the FFCRC is a key priority for APGA; we are its largest industry participant and a member of the Steering Committee for its Future Fuel Technologies, Systems and Markets Research Program.

The FFCRC Researcher Conference was a successful and worthwhile event, attended by more than 50 academic researchers and gas industry representatives. It was a great opportunity for industry and academia to interact and exchange views on ways to strengthen already good working relationships, and to see researcher presentations on a variety of existing and proposed future fuels research projects.

To contribute insight from the industry perspective, APGA was asked to present on what industry wants from the FFCRC. APGA noted that in order to secure the long-term future of the gas pipeline industry, gas transportation infrastructure must be safe and future fuel ready. Accordingly, industry has two overarching goals for FFCRC outputs: ongoing pipeline safety improvements; and ensuring Australia’s gas infrastructure is ready to deploy low carbon ‘green’ gases like hydrogen when needed.

For the gas pipeline industry, safety is non-negotiable. Pipeline companies are extremely conservative on the safety front and have an excellent safety record and culture. In deploying future fuels, Australia has a robust and successful industry-led gas pipeline safety regime which can be readily adapted to safely and efficiently accommodate hydrogen and other gases alongside natural gas. The gas safety regimes embedded in AS 2885 and AS 4564 are risk-based and require informed judgements from competent persons. Good information is required to make those judgements and adapt the regime to future fuels. FFCRC can play a key role in developing and disseminating the necessary information during transition to future fuels.

Industry’s second priority, to ensure gas infrastructure is ready for green gas uptake, recognises that to be successful, it must be commercially viable, with technical barriers identified and addressed. There is a growing industry impetus for progress on decarbonising gas infrastructure in order to ensure the gas sector is ready to help achieve future GHG emissions targets and continuing to be a key part of the energy mix. To achieve this, we need ambitious and realistic network green gas targets. Several APGA members have commissioned pilot and demo projects to test aspects of hydrogen energy technology. Again, FFCRC research programs can be instrumental to industry goals with projects focusing on understanding technical, commercial and market barriers and opportunities to future fuels use, as well as on social acceptance and safety aspects.

2019 APGA Annual Convention and Exhibition

APGA has produced a video to show everyone how great the APGA Annual Convention and Exhibition is. If you were filmed at the convention in Darwin, you might be in it, so check it out.

Register now for the 2019 APGA Annual Convention and Exhibition to be held from 12–15 October at the Adelaide Convention Centre. Register online now

Convention Sponsorship

A list of available sponsorship options is now available from APGA’s Business Manager. The available sponsorship options commence from $1,000, with the benefits to be provided depending on your level of investment. This is a wonderful opportunity to put your company’s name in front of the industry’s movers and shakers and for you to be associated with APGA’s flagship event for the year. Contact Steve Dobbie for more details.

Exhibition Stands

This year, we have 76 exhibition stands available for the industry to participate in and a limited number of stands are still available. APGA’s Exhibition Coordinator, Charmaine Ogilvie, will be able to provide all of the necessary details on the available stands Contact Charmaine This is the perfect opportunity to showcase your products and services to the entire industry at once.

Committee news

Research and Standards Committee

The RSC’s final meeting for 2019 will be held in Perth on Thursday 21 November. Many members of the RSC are actively working with the Future Fuels CRC which has now established more than 20 research projects within its first full year of operations.


WA YPF is hosting Supa Golf on 19 September at Oasis Supa Golf in Perth. Invitations have been sent out to the WA YPF members. If you’re a YPF Member and interested in joining this fun event, please contact Thank you to Fyfe and Oceaneering for sponsoring the event.

Vic YPF in conjunction with the YEP are holding a speaker night on 25 September.

Invitations will be sent out soon. Thank you to Nacap for sponsoring the event.

Qld YPF is hosting a trivia night on 26 September at the Stock Exchange Hotel in Brisbane. Thank you to Major Sponsors Pipe Tek and LogiCamms/OSD for supporting the event. Other sponsorship opportunities are available. Invitations will be sent soon.

SA YPF is planning a site visit to Epic Energy/SEA Gas at Pelican Point Power Station – Date TBC.

Qld YPF and MPC Kinetic is organising a Roma CSG Field Trip in November. Expressions of interest have been sent out to YPF members. If you’d like to put your name down, please contact

YPF Networking Event at the 2019 APGA Convention

Meet young pipeliners at the APGA Convention by attending the YPF Networking event on Saturday 12 October at Regattas Bar and Kitchen before the APGA Convention Welcome Dinner. Thank you to Pipe Tek for sponsoring the event. Invitations will be sent out 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 at

Reducing emissions at the secretariat

APGA has used the ActewAGL Big Business Light Switch program to convert our 74 office lights from 36w fluorescent tubes to 12w tubes. The switch will save an estimated 30 per cent in running costs and reduce our greenhouse gas emissions annually by about 4,200kg CO2.

2019 South Australian Premier’s Awards in Energy and Mining

The Awards Program recognises mining and energy companies that have demonstrated leadership and best practice approaches to improve the economic and social wellbeing of communities in South Australia. The Awards:

  •          recognise South Australia as a place to successfully undertake innovative projects

  •          demonstrate the leadership of best practice companies, encouraging other companies to follow their lead and raising the bar for the rest of the sector

  • demonstrate that these projects have measurable and valued impacts in the marketplace and support internal business cases for companies to apply more resources to these types of projects.

Applications close on 30 September. Find out more:

Women’s leadership funding available

Funding is now available to support the development of female leaders across Australia’s resources sector. The initiative is providing women with grants of between $3,000 and $7,000 to enable participation in one of three programs that cover such things as Presence and Presentation Skills, Leading Innovation and Change, and Emotional Intelligence and Conflict. The scholarship funding is provided with the specific intent of providing powerful and effective development opportunities for resources sector women. Find out more and register your interest by completing the Expression of Interest form by 13 September:


Past events

The Brisbane dinner on 8 August was a great opportunity for APGA members to hear an update on QCLNG and what lies in store for its operations. Mark Hawkins of QGC provided an informative presentation that generated great interest from the audience. We are grateful to the sponsors for this event: Land Partners and ASME Projects.

The dinner followed two APGA seminars that were held on the same day at the Brisbane Hilton. The inaugural APGA Suppliers Forum seminar was an enormous success and discussions were at a high level throughout the day to the very end of the event. APGA thanks the two sponsors for this important event, PSAH Pty Ltd and Piping Specialty Supply Services/CSTHire.

At the same venue on 8 August, the APGA CSG Committee held its seminar launching Version 5 of the Code of Practice for Upstream PE Gathering Networks and, like the Suppliers Forum seminar, generated much discussion and information sharing.

The speaker at the Adelaide dinner on 22 August was Dave Johnson of AGL Energy who provided a fantastic presentation on the Barker Inlet Power Station and other projects that AGL is working on. Judging by the number of questions, Dave very successfully engaged with the audience. Thanks to the sponsors, Denso and OSD Pipelines.

Ian Black of Oil Search gave an interesting and, again, thought-provoking presentation to the APGA Sydney dinner on 29 August when he outlined the progress of Oil Search’s PNG expansion plans in relation to the Associated Gas Project, the P’nyang Project and the Papua LNG Project.  Our thanks to Denso and CNC Project Management for sponsoring the Sydney event.

Upcoming events

The Melbourne dinner on 5 September will be the opportunity to hear from current APGA Director, Jon Cleary, General Manager Commercial, Australian Gas Infrastructure Group, who will be presenting on AGIG’s Hydrogen Park SA project and other ventures that SGG is moving ahead with. ending pipe. Our thanks to the sponsors, Nacap and CNC Project Management.

On 11 September there will be the annual joint APGA/Australian Corrosion Association seminar in Perth. It will be held at the Parmelia Hilton hotel. For information about the event, visit Sponsors of this event are UCC Canusa, Denso and Corrosion Control Engineering.

The following day in Perth, the final event before the Annual Convention will be a lunch to be held in 12 September. Trish Long, the SSPL Delivery Manager for Woodside’s Browse Development, will be presenting on the future thinking for trunkline project execution. We thank our sponsors of the lunch, APA Group and Fyfe. Following the lunch, the WA Committee will hold its AGM at 3.00pm in the Adelphi Lounge at the Parmelia Hilton and all of our Western Australian members are invited to attend this meeting. APGA is very appreciative of the support provided by the WA committee led by Tom Seeber.

Other events

APGA Members are invited to join the Australian Water Association at the 2019 Symposium ‘Lessons from the Outside’. This full-day event on 19 September brings together experts from sectors including artificial intelligence, hydrogen gas, manufacturing, entrepreneurship, disaster recovery and more, all sharing learnings from tackling tough challenges in their own industries. The Symposium is presented in partnership with AWA’s dynamic Young Water Professionals network and has been designed to be engaging and interactive. It’s a fantastic chance to step outside the day-to-day demands of your role, broaden your network, and come away with a fresh perspective on the big issues facing industry today.  For more information about speakers and to view the program, head to the event website, here. All APGA Members will receive the AWA Member rate – a 40 per cent discount on the non-member rate – which includes breakfast, lunch, networking drinks – and refreshments through the day. To access the Member rate, just email AWA.

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:

Chemeca 2019 brings together chemical engineers from Australia, New Zealand and other countries to share insights and innovations. It will be held in Sydney from 29 September – 2 October. Technical programme available, plenary speakers confirmed and registration open. Find out more:

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:

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.