The Energy Pipelines Cooperative Research Centre (Energy Pipelines CRC) finished its work in June 2019. It was a collaboration involving APGA's Research and Standards Committee, the University of Adelaide, Deakin University, the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and the University of Wollongong. The EPCRC is supported by the Commonwealth of Australia under the Cooperative Research Centre Program Cooperative Research Centres.

Non-destructive testing

This partnership was one of APGA's most significant and successful developments. The research program aimed to provide the energy pipeline industry with the technology necessary to extend the life of the existing natural gas transmission network and to build better and cost-effective networks necessary to support Australia’s increased demand for energy. The Energy Pipelines CRC operateed four research programs: Materials; Coatings and Corrosion; Design and Construction; and Public Safely and Security of Supply.

This successful collaboration between academia and industry resulted in new processes, products and services and a return on research investment for the pipeline industry at a rate of 4.5 to one: that’s $4.50 for every $1 invested. With just five participants (the universities and APGA) the Energy Pipelines CRC was the smallest CRC in the Commonwealth co-funded program, but that made little difference. The research programs were initiated by the industry, and most of the Energy Pipelines CRC’s value was delivered in changed processes: usually through influencing the development and revision of Standards, to improve safety and reliability across the industry. This influence is evident in revisions to Australian Standard 2885. Software has also been developed through the research program, and this new product is now available to the industry.

Visit the Energy Pipelines CRC website.