The overarching Standard that applies to the pipeline industry in Australia is AS 2885 which relates to the design, construction, testing, operations and maintenance of gas and petroleum pipelines that operate at pressures in excess of 1050kpa. The many other standards used by the pipeline industry are referred to in AS 2885 as the principal document.
AS 2885 was developed by a working group from both industry and government. APGA and its members continue to actively participate in the design, review and development of the national Standard for gas and liquid petroleum high-pressure pipelines by participating as members and associates on Standards Australia development committees.
The ME-038 Committee is responsible for standardisation in the field of gas and liquid petroleum pipelines. Many members of the committee are also members of APGA. The table below lists the status of the several part of AS 2885 and some other standrds of interest Committee chair Susan Jaques is happy to answer your questions on AS 2885.
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To request an amendment (ie, error or typo) to existing published standards on this list that are not under review, send your comments to the Chair of ME‐038. A new process is being developed for these corrections, so check on this page before emailing.
To provide comment on published standards on this list that are under review, contact the nominated subcommittee convenor in the table below.
Standards in the ME‐038 suite of standards are generally considered for revision every five years.
|Subcommittee & Convenor/|
|Status – July |
|Public Comment Draft Status|
|AS 2885 Pipelines – Gas and Liquid Petroleum|
|AS 2885.0 ‐ 2008||General Requirements||Historically with ME‐038‐01.|
In 2016, the ME‐038 committee agreed that AS2885.0 should be owned by the Main Committee. Revision to be initiated in 2017.
|Not applicable yet|
|AS 2885.1 ‐ 2012||Design and construction||ME‐038‐01 Peter Tuft|
|Under revision Commenced Dec‐2014.||2017|
|AS 2885.2 ‐ 2016||Welding||ME‐038‐02 Paul Grace||Issued May|
|Not applicable – new issue|
|AS 2885.3 ‐ 2012||Operation and maintenance||ME‐038‐03 Ed Gaykema||Under Revision Commenced June‐2016|
|AS 2885.4 – 2010||Submarine Pipeline Systems||ME‐038‐04 Andrew Pearce|
‐‐> Eric Jas
|Public Comment Draft available.||AVAILABLE.|
|AS 2885.5 – 2012||Field Pressure Testing||ME‐038‐05|
| Under Revision Commenced June‐2016|
|AS 2885.6 – 0000||Safety Management Studies|
(NEW in 2017)
|Under Development. Commenced March‐2016||2017|
|Other Standards published by ME‐038|
|AS 4822 ‐ 2008||External field joint coatings for steel pipelines||ME‐038‐08|
|Under Revision. Commencing July 2016||TBA|
|AS/NZS 1518 ‐ 2002||External extruded high‐density‐ polyethylene coating system for pipes||ME‐038‐08|
|On hold / to be withdrawn / no action currently proposed||N/A|
|AS/NZS 3862 ‐ 2002||External fusion‐ bonded epoxy coating for steel pipes||ME‐038‐08|
|On hold / to be|
|The project to revise AS/NZS 3862 was cancelled in late 2015. ISO 21809‐6 (multi layer FBE coatings) is close to publication and will be reviewed for adoption by ME‐038‐08.|
ME‐038‐01 (Part 1) committee will also adopt relevant information (ie pipe transport) from AS 3862 so as not to lose it.
|AS 1330 ‐ 2004||Metallic materials – drop weight tear test for ferritic steels||MT‐006||ME‐038 has proposed (internally) to adopt this Standard into ME‐038. No approach has yet been made to MT‐006, as it is currently dormant. Seeking assistance from Standards.|
|AS 2207 ‐ 2007||Non‐destructive testing ‐ Ultrasonic testing of fusion|
welded joints in carbon and low alloy steel
|MT‐007||An interested party from Western Australia has requested an update to this Standard. APGA is a nominating organisation to MT‐007 and so has been contacted for support for the revision. This has been provided, and a nominee to the committee will be appointed once the committee is convened.|
Standards Australia is the peak non-government body responsible for assisting in the development and maintenance of industry standards in Australia, such as AS 2885.
Please note APGA cannot directly issue or distribute copies AS 2885 and other pipeline related Standards due to licensing agreements with SAI Global Limited.
Chair of ME38-02 Paul Grace outlines the changes to AS 2885.2.
Harmonisation and revision of AS 2885 2
AS 2885.1 is now available from the SAI Global website