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Welcome to the fourth edition of ceNEWS for 2019

Message from the CEO

This week we have been hosting the Joint Technical Meeting in Brisbane and it has been fantastic to be surrounded by so many passionate, engaged pipeline researchers and practitioners from around the world. The open sharing of technical knowledge is one of the great strengths of the pipeline industry. It allows us to all work at the highest level in the task of delivering essential energy reliably and safely every day. The job is done so well it is one that is taken for granted and it is important we take the time to remind everyone just how well we are doing.

Some recognition of just how important pipelines are has come through in the election campaign over the last week, with the Federal Labor party announcing a redesign of the Northern Australian Infrastructure Fund into something more useable, with pipelines in the NT and Queensland being specifically highlighted as infrastructure to be supported. It’s great to have a policy announcement on pipelines that is not focussed on pipeline regulation, but much detail will have to be developed before we know if the policy is going to make a positive difference. A classic example of a government policy aimed at supporting infrstructure development that didn’t really do anything is the Northern Australia Infrastructure Fund itself! Andrew has provided some more information on APGA’s thoughts in the Policy section below.

This week we are also thrilled to launch APGA’s pilot Women’s Leadership Development Program. I think it’s critical to our future success that we encourage women to join the industry, stay in the industry and advance in the industry. We have had an amazing initial response and we are really looking forward to working with the pilot group to develop and deliver the program. See the entry below for a link to register.

Board meeting

The Board met in Perth just before Easter. A big focus of the April meeting is always the budget for the next financial year and the Board is happy to report finalisation of the 2019/20 budget and recognition that the finances are looking stronger after several years of deficits.

Other issues that the Board considered and discussed include:

  • Approving the launch of the pilot APGA Women's Leadership Development Program.

  • The importance of recognising the contributions made to the Association and the industry where appropriate in business decisions.

  • Hydrogen and APGA’s position within the climate change debate and the Federal election and what a change of government will mean for climate change policy. It was agreed that APGA’s role in the Future Fuels CRC provides us with valuable credibility in this high-profile area.

  • The importance of the APGA Pipeline Engineering Competency System and its usefulness in preparing industry for the increasing push we are seeing with regulators mandating accreditation and qualification for engineers.

New Members

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


  • EDMI Gas Pty Ltd

  • RTC Contracting Pty Ltd

  • Cardno


  • Kevin Pathinather – Consulting to Nexus Law Group

APGA Women’s Leadership Development Program

APGA is holding a pilot APGA Women’s Leadership Development Program developed specifically for women in the energy industry. This program, modelled on similar programs from around the world, is designed to provide women in our industry with the opportunity to network and develop skills that will enable their continued success in the pipeline and gas industries. We are looking for 15 fabulous women in our industry to attend this pilot program. Participants will have the opportunity to help shape the content of the program to suit their needs. Each topic will also be tailored to the energy industry. Find out more and sign up here.


Be quick to comment on AS 2885.2 draft

The final draft of AS/NZS 2885.2 (Welding) is available for review and comment for just a few more days, so have your say while it’s open. The objective of this part of the Standard is to provide requirements for the welding of pipelines designed and constructed in accordance with AS 2885.1. The review is open until 8 May. Please examine the draft via this link and provide comments via the Standards Australia public comments facility accessible here. Comments must be submitted via the Standards website or they will not be considered. APGA encourages you to take this opportunity to consider the draft and provide your input into this important industry document.

APGA Technical Webinar

Our next webinar, scheduled for 1230 AEST on Wednesday 15 May will be Corporate and Social Responsibility and the Australian Pipeline Industry. Contractors Committee Chair Leon Richards will present this webinar which will outline some of the work the committee is doing to help members navigate building a sustainable future for their companies in the 21st century. Register now.

The videos of our first three Technical Webinars of 2019 are now available to members only via the resources on the Members Only 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

The election campaign is in full swing and one interesting election policy to emerge is Labor’s pledge to prioritise $1.5 billion for projects to unlock the gas supply in the Galilee and Bowen basins. This would include spending on transmission pipelines to bring new gas to the east coast market. It is by no means certain that this or any similar policy will become a reality, but it raises a number of potential policy issues and gives rise to somewhat mixed feelings.

In recent years, all transmission pipeline capacity has been added on a purely commercial basis. The industry has an excellent track record of delivering the necessary infrastructure capacity when and where it is needed. As long as the ongoing regulatory reforms in the gas pipeline sector don’t lead to changes that diminish the desirability of the sector as an investment destination, there’s no reason to think this won’t continue to be the case in future. It is good that politicians are beginning to take the issue of increasing domestic supply seriously but, when viewed from this perspective, additional government intervention in the gas pipeline sector is arguably unnecessary and could set an unwelcome precedent leading to further intervention. That said, APGA’s members are no doubt happy to build new pipelines with government assistance if the opportunity arises.

The issue of whether Australia’s regulatory settings provide sufficient support for efficient investment is a key area of focus in two major policy reform processes occurring in 2019. These are: a regulation impact statement (RIS) on Gas Pipeline Regulation Reform; and a Review of the Information Disclosure and Arbitration framework under Part 23 of the National Gas Rules (NGR). We will keep you posted on progress.


Gas Speak - a forum for young people to present papers, chair sessions, conduct syndicate discussions and develop the art of self-expression and communication – will be held in Canberra over the three days from 2–4 September. Information and nomination forms will be available soon.

2019 Convention

Convention Sponsorship

All of last year’s Convention sponsors have been contacted about their intentions for 2019 and so a list of available sponsorship options is now available from APGA’s Business Manager. The available sponsorship options begin at $1000 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 there are a limited number of stands still available. APGA’s Exhibition Coordinator, Charmaine Ogilvie, will be able to provide all of the necessary details. This is the perfect opportunity to showcase your products and services to the entire industry at once.

Committee news

Contractors Committee

The Contractors Committee is reviewing and updating the APGA Hydrotesting Guidelines which were last updated in 2008.


The APGA Pipeline Operators Group held its 72nd meeting in Brisbane on Wednesday 10 April ahead of the annual POG Seminar that was held on 11 April. Both events were very successful with a record number of POG members attending the meeting and continued robust discussions through until late in the afternoon. These productive discussions carried over into an informal dinner for 18 members sponsored by Santos. The POG seminar was attended by 85 delegates and an interesting and informative day was enjoyed by all. Our thanks to Rosen and LogiCamms for sponsoring the seminar and to all of the presenters who committed their time to delivering excellent presentations. Thanks also to Craig Bonar and his Seminar sub-committee, James Smith, Greg Bishop and Mark Dragar, for their efforts in bringing together a strong and diversified program.

Research and Standards Committee

The next meeting of the RSC will be held in Sydney on Thursday 6 June and the final meeting for 2019 will be held in Perth on Thursday 21 November. The June meeting will follow the inaugural Future Fuels CRC information seminar that will be held at the Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport on Wednesday 5 June. The seminar is open only to members of the RSC.


Qld YPF is holding a Geotagging event on 17 May sponsored by Mipela GeoSolutions. Teams will be assigned clues to find locations with geotagging devices, leading to the final destination where drinks and canapes will be served. There will be limited spaces available so get in quick! Register here.

Vic YPF invites fellow YPF members for a social game of lawn bowls on 31 May at the Richmond Union Bowling Club. Whether you are a regular attendee to YPF events or new to the industry, this will be a fantastic event to network and enjoy a game of bowls with good food, drinks and great company. Thank you to Peter Norman Personnel for sponsoring the event. Register here.

WA YPF is holding its annual combined APGA/YPF Quiz Night on 17 July. This will be a great opportunity for our young and our experienced members to join forces and test their knowledge. Keep an eye out shortly for the formal invitation coming soon.

2019 Joint Technical Meeting

The two-yearly international Joint Technical Meeting covering pipeline research, held between the APGA RSC, the European Pipeline Research Group (EPRG) and the North American-based Pipeline Research Council International (PRCI) has been held this week in Brisbane and will conclude on Friday 3 May. Held every two years on a rotational basis around the regions, this is the third time that the APGA RSC has hosted the event and we have welcomed 156 delegates from 18 different countries to Brisbane. Thirty-six papers will have been presented by the conclusion of the JTM and the discussions that they have generated have been far-reaching and in-depth. APGA sincerely thanks the sponsors of the JTM, without whose support would make it impossible to conduct in its current format: Platinum – APA Group and Bao Steel, Gold – Rosen, and Silver – SEA Gas. We also thank APA’s Managing Director, Mick McCormack, for making the effort to provide the Opening Keynote Address on Monday afternoon.

Safer Together

Safer Together, a not-for-profit organisation of operating companies and contract partner companies which aim to create the leadership and collaboration needed to build a strong and consistent safety culture in the oil and gas industry, publish safety alerts here. Many of these are available to non-members.


Past events

As mentioned earlier, the annual APGA Pipeline Operators Group (POG) seminar, sponsored by Rosen and LogiCamms, was held at the Brisbane Pullman on King George Square on Thursday 11 April. By the feedback provided, it appears that this has been one of the best POG seminars held.

The Perth Networking Drinks were held on Wednesday 17 April at Bells Function Rooms overlooking the Swan River. 65 attendees joined together for a great evening and all reported enjoying the different format and venue. The event immediately followed the Perth APGA Board meeting so it was a great opportunity for our members to network informally with members of the APGA Board. Our sponsors for the night were MPC Kinetic and Vacuworx.

Upcoming events

The annual Health Safety and Environment seminar will be held in Brisbane on Thursday 16 May at the Brisbane Pullman King George Square and our thanks go to the HS&E chair, John Stuart-Robertson, and APA’s Richard Morgan for organising another excellent program. Register now. We thank our sponsors GPA Engineering and McConnell Dowell for their support.

The May Brisbane dinner will be held immediately after the seminar on 16 May, also at the Brisbane Pullman, and APGA is extremely pleased to have the outgoing Managing Director of APA Group, Mick McCormack, as the guest speaker. This will be a fantastic opportunity for APGA’s members to recognise the incredible contribution provided by Mick over three decades in the industry and to hear his views and insights on the industry that he will be leaving. Our thanks to the sponsors of this event, Fyfe and Nacap and registration for the dinner is available.

Other 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:

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.

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.

On 7 May, Energy Club NT is supporting an information session on the Darwin LNG Transition Work Program. Registration for this event is open but with a limit to 2 people per organisation. Register here.

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. More information.