APGA Annual Awards 2019: Individuals
Two powerhouses of the pipeline industry were today recognised for their many decades of contribution to the industry.
Mick McCormack’s almost four decades of high-profile activity in Australia’s gas transmission pipelines has been recognised through the award of Honorary Life Membership of APGA.
Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of APA Group until his retirement in mid-2019, Mick began his career as a contract surveyor on the Moonie to Brisbane pipeline. His retirement brought an end to more than 37 years’ experience in all aspects of oil and gas pipelines.
During that time, he was integral to the development of the economic regulatory and commercial framework applying to pipelines, commercial development, construction, expansion, operations and maintenance of many of Australia’s most significant gas pipelines and related infrastructure projects.
He served as a Director of APGA from 2005 to 2012, and he was a significant and long-term supporter of APGA, the Research and Standards Committee and the Energy Pipelines CRC, through providing both financial and in-kind support. He was a pragmatic leader and a significant mentor and supporter of many past and present personnel involved in the Australian gas and pipeline industries.
Phil Colvin, who won the APGA 2019 Outstanding Contribution to the Australian Pipeline Industry Award, has spent more than 30 years promoting, protecting and advancing the pipelines and gas industry.
He has done so by working within it, providing platforms for change through his active Standards and research contributions and by mentoring a younger generation of engineers to ensure they are retained by the industry.
Described as tireless and selfless by colleagues, Phil has championed the development of performance-based standards and regulatory regimes which has allowed for the introduction of new technologies and approaches. He has been actively involved in many Standards committees, notably the ME-38 main committee, and is also the chair of AG-008 which is re-drafting the AS/NZS 4645 suite of Standards. On these committees he has been a champion and advocate for safe, reliable and affordable gas services for the Australian community.
Read more in the Powerhouses of the pipeline industry recognised media release.
Next generation of pipeliners leads the way
Strong competition has resulted in two winners of the 2019 APGA Young Achievement Award: Brendan McGuckin from MPC Kinetic and Richard Morgan from APA Group.
The innovation, communication and leadership demonstrated by Brendan and Richard in their contribution bodes well for the next generation of the pipeline industry.
After seven years at MPC Kinetic, Brendan was most recently the project manager of the Tanami Natural Gas Pipeline Project where he led a team of 700 people throughout the planning and construction phase.
Richard is the Health and Safety Manager for the Infrastructure Development and Networks and Power Divisions in APA.
His tireless efforts in the division have resulted in a constantly improving safety record which currently stands at zero time lost to injury, with a total recordable injury frequency rate for employees and contractors within the division of 3.5 which is below the group result.
Read more in the Next generation of pipeliners leads the way media release.