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Welcome to the eleventh edition of ceNEWS for 2018

Message from the CEO

Well, what an amazing year 2018 has been. As we bring to a close our 50th Anniversary year, I would like to thank of all you for contributing to the celebrations throughout the year. These have been a fitting and excellent celebration of the Association. We are still getting great feedback from the 50th Convention and Exhibition in Darwin and it is one that will be remembered. The Christmas events have been very well attended and it is really pleasing to see so many people eager to spend time with industry peers and colleagues at this busy time of year.

While our celebrations and networking events are a highly visible component of APGA, they are by no means our entirety. The opportunity to work with industry experts on problems and issues that affect us all is a key foundation of the association. We have a considerable breadth and depth of expertise and the time and resources that so many members put in to the Committees benefits our entire industry. Thank you to all of you who voluntarily contribute to this incredibly important work.

In 2019, we’ll be looking to expand on our track record, with a new Suppliers Forum being established to improve communications among suppliers and with the association, and the just established Water Committee looking to make a mark. We are also investigating more workshop opportunities and will be actively engaging the broader industry to get more people involved. All of this will be supported by our new IT system and I encourage you all to go to the website and look around. Please take a few moments to ensure the information in your profile is up-to-date and correct: the better information we have the better we can communicate with you.

I hope you all have a safe and relaxing time over the holiday season and look forward to working with all our members in 2019 continuing the great work of the Association as we kick-off the first year of our second 50!

Board

The APGA Board held its last meeting for the year in Sydney on 28 November. The Board noted a report on the newly formed Suppliers Forum and wishes to express its support for this important initiative. The Board agreed to a new focus on member engagement and attraction in 2019 and, following the highly successful Pipeline Controllers Forum and Pipeline Corridor Forum in October, the investigation of more targeted forums and seminars to provide members an opportunity to discuss and work on more specific issues.

The Board also met Energy Pipelines CRC Chief Executive Office, Robert Newton, to discuss what lies in store for the remaining life of the EPCRC and the Chief Executive Officer of the Future Fuels CRC, David Norman, to discuss the status of the FFCRC. The final meeting of the day was with the General Manager of Great Southern Press, Annie Ferguson, who provided an update on GSP’s results and future directions.

New members

APGA would like to welcome the following new members approved at the November Board Meeting.

Corporate

Universal Corrosion Coatings Pty Ltd
P and G Welding Pty Ltd

EmployeeMatt McFarlane – Jemena

 

 

 

 

New website

Our new IT platform is up and running. Please visit the website at www.apga.org.au and set a new password by clicking the link when you click on Login and then visit My Portal and check your details. You can choose interest groups to be notified when something new is published in your areas of interest and you can also choose what communications to receive. Have a look around the website. If there is something you miss from our old website, let Karen know. We hope you find the new site a lot easier to get around.

Happy Festive Season

The APGA Secretariat wishes everyone a happy and safe festive season. The APGA office will close on the afternoon of Friday 21 December and reopen on Monday 7 January. Just a note re new member log-ons for the new website: password change is automated, but new logons require a human intervention, so if you are an employee of a member company and you want a log-on, please prepare for a holiday delay. You can speed up this process by applying with your work email address: no other address is permitted. Webfriends can sign up without human intervention, but cannot access members only material.

Gas industry skills survey

The Gas Industry Reference Committee is seeking industry input to assist its development of the important Industry Skills Forecast. This document guides the planning for the IRC for the year and provides advice to the Australia Industry Skills Committee that helps set the National Vocational Education and Training development agenda. APGA’s representative on the Gas IRC is Andrew Tsitas from McConnell Dowell. You can provide information by competing a short survey or by making a submission.The deadline for both is Monday 14 January 2019.

Brighter campaign

The Brighter program is a new way of talking to Australians about the role natural gas plays in their everyday life. From gas-powered ships and the best public BBQs to the role industry plays in STEM education and supporting small businesses, the Brighter program exists to draw out and champion the positive stories surrounding Australian natural gas. We’ll be telling these stories through stakeholders and local communities, through a vast array of digital channels, at local forums, through creative media and at live events. We’ll be reaching a broad cross-section of Australians, including those completely unfamiliar with the industry, in a way that’s meaningful to them.

We’d love you to join us to spread the word or just learn more - find and follow Brighter through these channels:

Bright-r.com.au
Facebook.com/brighteraustralia
Twitter.com/brighterwithgas
Instagram.com/brighter_au

Gas and energy policy

The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) has released its final decision on its Rate of Return Review.  The decision, to reduce the indicative rate of return to 5.36 per cent from 5.76 per cent, is a disappointing one for gas network owners, and comes with significant bottom-line implications for gas and electricity network infrastructure owners.

APGA doesn’t concur with the AER’s long-held assumption that natural gas networks have the same systematic risk profile as electricity networks. Regulated gas pipeline businesses are distinct from regulated electricity network businesses for several reasons, and have a slightly higher risk profile. APGA presented evidence to the AER demonstrating that the appropriate risk benchmark to account for the greater risk faced by regulated gas businesses should be no lower than it was during the five-years since the Rate of Return Guideline was last reviewed. By combining the two in a single asset class for regulatory purposes, the applicable equity risk benchmark for gas network assets has been reduced in conjunction with that for electricity network assets. This reduction was a key factor in the overall reduction in indicative rate of return. 

In other developments, there has been good progress made with the Trajectory for Low Energy Buildings project. APGA is working in coordination with other gas industry associations to ensure final Trajectory project policy outcomes are technology neutral, to maximise consumer choice and leave space for the emergence of new energy technologies such as hydrogen. Recent collaborative efforts between the gas industry associations and the Department led directly to the preparation of draft amendments to the Trajectory for low energy homes report that would include high efficiency gas appliances as deemed to satisfy solutions. These amendments address key gas industry concerns and will represent a positive outcome if reflected in the final report that takes this work forward.    

The latest east coast gas market report has been released by the ACCC. In the ACCC’s usual ‘glass is half empty’ approach, it paints a picture of improving devices for pipeline customers amid an uncertain investment environment that means new gas supply is not coming online to have a material impact on prices. We are particularly pleased to see detailed reporting on the number of contracts being executed on pipelines, something APGA has been recommending since the beginning of the year. Read the full report. and for more information contact Andrew Robertson.

Convention Call for Papers

The Call for Papers for the APGA Annual Convention is now open. The 2019 APGA Annual Convention and Exhibition will be held in Adelaide at the Adelaide Convention Centre from 12 to 15 October 2019.

The APGA Convention is one of the most significant events in the pipeline and energy industries’ calendars and the presentations that make up the Business Sessions held over the Monday and Tuesday of the Convention are a vital element of the event. This is a wonderful opportunity to share knowledge among your industry peers and so we urge you to consider submitting an abstract for consideration by the Convention paper selection committee. The Call for Papers provides all of the Convention details and invites you to submit your expression of interest in presenting a paper at the Convention. A copy is in the resources attached to this page.

The deadline for receipt of abstracts is Friday 22 February 2019. Get the application form.

Committee news

Contractors Committee

The Committee met on 30 November. Reported developments are:  

  •        The Committee is active and motivated but needs input and involvement from all contractors.

  •        The meeting endorsed gathering statistics on engagement with the community.

  •        The meeting agreed that a universally accepted record of training was useful. Ot would be worth investigating its use and a possible online version among contractors.

Health, Safety and Environment Committee

The Committee also met on 30 November and reports that:

  •         Planning has begun for the May 2019 HSE Seminar.

  •         An Environment and Risk and Compliance Subcommittee is now established and active.

  •         The Committee will investigate a proposal for APGA to partner with the Black Dog Institute.

YPF

YPF SA and YPF NT are organising a technical evening on the changes to AS/NZ 2885 Part 1 (Design and Construction) on Thursday 17 January at Hotel Richmond in Adelaide. This event will be free to attend and is sponsored by GPA Engineering and Tremco Pipeline Equipment. Register here by Friday 11 January 2019.

Events

Past Events

APGA’s Christmas events have been held around the country and all five were extremely well attended and with the usual cheer. Special guests, Steve Bradbury and Darren Carr provided outstanding entertainment for our Brisbane and Melbourne attendees. It was tremendous to see the comradery and friendship on show at all events and we thank everyone who participated.

Our sincere thanks go to our greatly appreciated sponsors of these events:

Perth: Rosen, Denso and Valmec and thanks also to APA Group for providing the bus.    
Sydney: Corrosion Control Engineering and Tremco Pipeline Equipment
Melbourne: Denso (Australia) and Qube Energy


Brisbane: MPC Kinetic and UCC
Adelaide: Epic Energy and Land Access and Management Services (LAMS)

Upcoming events

2019 APGA Convention and Exhibition

The 2019 APGA Convention Call for Papers has been released and interested speakers are invited to submit their expressions of interest. See item above.

The Exhibition floor plan has been circulated to existing Exhibitors and members interested in exhibiting at the APGA Convention and Exhibition should contact Charmaine Ogilvie at  to express their interest. Members interested in sponsoring the Convention should contact Steve Dobbie..

APGA Networking events

The first APGA event for 2019 will be held, as usual, in Perth. The now-famous golf day and very entertaining dinner will be held at the Hartfield Golf Course on 6 February. The major sponsors are Momentum Engineering, Orix, Rosen and Oceaneering. The other sponsors of the event include: Alltype Engineering; APA Group; APTS; Atteris; Bao Steel; Denso (Australia); Duratec Australia; Edgen Murray; Marubeni Itochu Steel; MPC Kinetic; Nobles; P&A Welding Pty Ltd; Pipecraft; Pipeline Actuation & Control; Pipeline Machinery International; PM Piping; ShawCor; Spie; Spiecapag Entrepose; Tremco Pipeline Equipment; UCC and Valmec

The usual Brisbane dinner in February has been swapped for an informal drinks networking function and this will be at the Jade Buddha restaurant and bar on 21 February.

In New Zealand, there will be a Seminar, Golf Day and dinner at New Plymouth on 28 February and registration for this day is now open. Sponsors for this event are Denso (Australia) Pty Ltd, Mipela GeoSolutions, Baker Hughes a GE company, PGG Wrightson – DuraVeg and LFF New Zealand.

An important seminar outlining and reviewing the changes made to AS 2885 Parts 1 and 6 will be held in Sydney on 13 and 14 March at the Stamford Sydney Airport. There will be a Melbourne dinner on 21 March at the Pullman on the Park near the MCG and an Adelaide dinner on 28 March at the Adelaide Hilton.

2019 Joint Technical Meeting

The APGA Research and Standards Committee will once again host the bi-annual international Joint Technical Meeting on pipeline research. The event will be held in Brisbane at the Stamford Plaza hotel from 29 April to 3 May 2019 and it is held in partnership with the European Pipeline Research Group (EPRG) and the North-American based Pipeline Research Council International (PRCI). More information will be provided in the next edition of ceNEWS.

Other events

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. The call for papers is now open and the conference theme will be Engineering Megatrends and the Elements. Find out more. Abstract submission closes on 15 March 2019.