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Welcome to the second edition of ceNEWS for 2019

Message from the CEO

It’s been great to catch up with members as our events around the country have resumed. There is a real sense of positivity across the industry, with lots of early stage activities under way and the potential for some major investment decisions to be made this year.

As you begin the processes to get new projects going, I’m interested to hear your views of how governments are helping or hindering projects through approvals and regulatory decisions. The Association engages with governments at different levels and feedback on processes is very useful – governments are (for the most part) trying to do the right thing to support investment. By way of example, APGA sits on the Northern Territory’s Gas Industry Reference Group which is tasked with securing gas investment in the Territory. We have been able to provide them with some specific examples of lessons learned on environmental approvals for pipeline projects from the boom in Queensland that, if taken on board, will smooth the path for future pipelines in the NT.

In addition to the contribution governments make to the investment environment through better approvals processes, appropriate regulation and oversight and direct support to projects, we are focussed on what government can do from an energy policy perspective to maintain the investment environment. When there is so much potential for new investment, and widespread agreement that new investment is critical to improving affordability and security of energy supplies, it is vital that government policy, and the decision-making process, do not make companies think twice about investing in Australia. Our thinking is still in the early stages but we always welcome input from the membership, so if you have something to say please let me or Andrew know.

February Board Meeting

The Board held its first meeting for the year in Brisbane on 21 February. The February meeting is a longer meeting and includes a detailed review of the strategic plan and the Association’s risk register. A number of new ideas came up during the discussions and we look forward to talking more about some of them when they have been investigated further.

The Board also heard the Chair of the EPCRC and the FFCRC, Charles Rottier, on the windup of the EPCRC and the transfer of assets to the FFCRC. There will be some residual funds managed by the FFCFC that can be allocated to research of importance to the pipeline industry and the Board is considering how this can be put to best use.

Social licence moment

In a change from the usual procedure, President Dave Maloney began the Board meeting with a social licence moment instead of a safety moment. From now on, the Board will begin every meeting with either a safety moment or a social licence moment and we encourage members to consider this option for their own meetings. The introduction of safety moments has been a key awareness-raising tool for many industries, including our own, and we think having the same sort of focus on the crucial need for a social licence would have similar long-term benefits.

New members

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

Corporate:

Bureau Veritas Asset Integrity and Reliability Services Pty Ltd
Carbontech Composite Systems
HH Civil Pty Ltd
Mobil Oil Australia Pty Ltd
QIC Protective Coatings (Aust) Pty Ltd
Specialty Polymer Coatings Inc.

Individual:

Brad Christon - About Plumbing Gas and Water

Suppliers Forum

The Suppliers Forum held its first meeting on 22 February and agreed there is value in a continuing conversation among this category of members. One of the important things discussed was who, exactly, is a supplier. Outside the self-selected categories of membership, it was agreed that participation in the Suppliers Forum is open to any member that derives its revenue from the sale of goods and/or services to contractors, owners and operators. The Forum also agreed to a first action of organising a Suppliers Seminar, so a working group has been established to deliver that event later in the year. If you are interested in joining the Suppliers Forum, please let Charmaine know and we will include you on the mailing list.

APGA Technical Webinar

Our next webinar, scheduled for 1300 AEDT on Wednesday 20 March, will be a practical session: Putting the APGA PECS into action to improve everyday tasks. Register now.

Our first Technical webinar of the year, Environmental Regulatory Changes in Victoria and the Northern Territory, was held on 12 February. The video is now 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 website

Have you set your new password yet? You need to log-on as a member to receive member discounts when booking events, so make sure you are connected by clicking on Login then click the new password link. Once you have set your password, visit My Portal, check your details and connect to your company if that is not already done. 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.

Gas and energy policy

The regulatory reform process is continuing apace this year: the capacity trading platform and day ahead auction began on 1 March; a COAG Regulatory Impact Statement on Gas Pipeline reform is under development alongside a scheduled Review of the Part 23 Information Disclosure and Arbitration framework; and the ACCC and GMRG have released joint recommendations to improve gas market transparency. However, it is also important to highlight work under way on issues of critical importance to the gas sector in the longer term – such as the development and deployment of hydrogen energy technology.

Initiatives to develop a hydrogen economy in Australia are rapidly increasing in number and priority.  APGA and the gas industry have a long-standing commitment to supporting research, development and demonstration of hydrogen (and other low carbon) energy technologies. APGA is the largest participant in the Future Fuels CRC and is now a member of the Future Fuels CRC RP1 Steering Committee. APGA has also signalled its intention to participate in the project working group for the Hydrogen in the Gas Networks Kick Starter Project under the National Hydrogen Strategy. In 2018, APGA was also a project supporter of the CSIRO’s National Hydrogen Roadmap.

The development of the hydrogen economy in Australia and initiatives to decarbonise the gas networks are fast becoming key policy priorities in Australia. APGA will remain fully engaged in this area, with engagement likely to increase in future.

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 range from $1000 to $11,650, 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

Health, Safety and Environment Committee

The Environmental Risk and Compliance Subcommittee met on 18 February. The subcommittee is working on whether there is a need for training and guidance on the use of odorants and in dealing with spills and whether there were differences in approach as between jurisdictions.

Research and Standards Committee

The next meeting of the RSC is scheduled to be held in Brisbane at the Brisbane Hilton hotel on Thursday 7 March 2019. This will be the first of three meetings to be held during 2019 with the other two meetings to be held in Sydney on Thursday 6 June and in Perth on Thursday 21 November.

2019 Joint Technical Meeting

The RSC and Energy Pipelines CRC are looking forward to the international Joint Technical Meeting which APGA is hosting in Brisbane from 29 April to 3 May. This important biennial event brings together researchers from Australia, Europe (through the European Pipeline Research Group) and North America (through the Pipeline Research Council International). Registration is now open and the event is open only to members of the APGA RSC. More details are available.

YPF

WA YPF is holding a technical evening on pressure regulators on 28 March in Perth. This interactive technical presentation by Swagelok will be an opportunity to find out more about pressure regulators and why they are essential to the safe operation of process fluid systems. Thank you to Swagelok for sponsoring the event. Register here.

Vic YPF is looking for more Committee members. If you are interested in helping organise events and being more involved in the pipeline industry, please email.

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.

Brighter campaign

The Brighter program is a new way of talking to Australians about the role natural gas plays in their everyday life. 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

Events

Past events

As always, the first APGA event of the year, the golf day and dinner in Perth held on 6 February, was an outstanding success. The event was again held at the Hartfield Golf Club and all participants ended the day knowing that they had enjoyed another quality event put on by Stuart McLennan and Spencer Macsween. Our sincere thanks go out to Stuart and Spencer for their sensational organisational skills and their enthusiasm for APGA. Our thanks to the event’s major sponsors Momentum Engineering, Oceaneering, Orix and ROSEN and to our other sponsors of the event Alltype Engineering; APA Group; APTS; Atteris; Bao Steel; Denso (Australia); Duratec Australia; Edgen Murray; Fyfe; 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. Congratulations to golfing winners, the Duratech team of Stuart Cole, Matt Fenn, Jason Dagg and Chris Oates.

This year the February Brisbane event held on 21 February was one of the three informal drinks networking functions being held in 2019 and it was a huge success. Thanks to Wasco and GHD for sponsoring the function and to everyone who attended to enjoy the stunning Brisbane river views from the balcony of the Jade Buddha venue.

The annual New Zealand golf day on 28 February again included a morning technical seminar prior to the golfers hitting the course. Almost 60 attendees heard five quality presentations covering a variety of topics and this provided a wonderful start to the day. Following the seminar almost 50 golfers took to the course under clear skies but very blustery conditions. This was double the number of golfers from last year, so we thank our NZ members who took leading roles in the promotion of the event this year. We also thank the many Australian-based members who travelled across to New Plymouth to share in the event. Congratulations to the winners of the golf, John Collis, Simon McKinnon, Dave Innes and Nick Taylor. MPC Kinetic’s CEO, John Smith, was the guest speaker at the dinner that followed the golf and he provided an excellent and informative overview on the recently completed Tanami Gas Pipeline project. Our thanks to the event sponsors Denso, Baker Hughes, LFF New Zealand, Mipela GeoSolutions and PGG Wrightson DuraVeg.

Upcoming events

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. The event is sponsored by AGIG, APA Group, Jemena and SEA Gas and we thank these four sponsors for their support. Registration is now open.

The Melbourne dinner will be held on 21 March at the Pullman on the Park near the MCG. Sarah Brown, APPEA’s Director of Communications, will be discussing APPEA’s Brighter program, a major community advocacy effort to promote better awareness of the role and benefits of natural gas in the every-day lives of Australians. Sponsors are McConnell Dowell and CNC Project Management. Register here.

The Adelaide dinner will be held on 28 March at the Adelaide Hilton. The speaker is David Maxwell, Managing Director of Cooper Energy who will talk about how Cooper Energy reinvented itself as a gas producer and about its plans to bring new gas supply to south east Australia. The dinner sponsors are GPA Engineering and SEA Gas. Register now.

The annual APGA Pipeline Operators Group (POG) seminar, sponsored by Rosen and LogiCamms, will be held at the Brisbane Hilton on Thursday 11 April and registrations for this event will open shortly.

Other events

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: www.ozpipe.com.au

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.

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. The Call for Papers is open and you can share your process safety experience by submitting an abstract here. Abstract deadline is 8 April.

Energy Club NT will hold its annual Bluewater Classic on Sunday 31 March 2019. The event provides an opportunity to enjoy some friendly competition with colleagues and peers with a half day charter on the water followed by a presentation lunch at Yots Greek Taverna at Cullen Bay Marina. APGA members receive a special rate at Energy Club NT events. Book here.

On 9 April, Energy Club NT will hold an industry dinner focused on hydrogen development featuring Dr Alan Finkel, Australia Chief Scientist and Ben Wilson, CEO Australian Gas Infrastructure Group. Ask for the APGA rate. Book here.