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President’s Message

Welcome to the Australian Pipeline Industry Association (APIA) 2013 Year Book/Directory. The Directory is an excellent reference guide for all APIA members. The Directory gives full details of all members including member capabilities, key personnel and company details, and also includes a useful categorised list of our members: the owners, contractors, engineering companies, suppliers, service providers and individual members.

Our annual Convention in 2012 was the largest convention APIA has ever held. There were 568 registered delegates, 120 partners and children and 121 stands (with 96 individual exhibitors and 261 exhibition staff) at the Brisbane Convention Centre. The growth and success of our annual conference is a credit to the industry and you, the members.

2012 was another year of tremendous activity for APIA. A few highlights include:

  • The Board undertook a review of the APIA strategic plan with a refreshed vision and mission, and four very clear and concise objectives. It is available as a brochure, so it can be simply shared with clients and other interested parties.
  • The preparation and release of Version 2 of the APIA Upstream PE Gathering Networks Code of Practice.
  • The significant advancement of the Engineering Training Program, involving working with members to steward the use of the APIA Competency and Guide documents.
  • The Energy Pipelines Co-operative Research Centre (EPCRC) is making great research progress, with a large portfolio of projects across a wide range of issues being delivered, and new projects being developed. A paper prepared by EPCRC participants was rated third out of more than 300 papers at the 2012 International Pipeline Conference in Calgary.
  • The Research and Standards Committee (RSC) continues to grow through the enthusiasm of our dedicated members and has been busy with the revision of the suite of AS2885 codes. It is important that all members of APIA embrace the RSC to realise the advantages of RSC membership.
  • The Health, Safety and Environment Committee continues to work on guidelines and addressing industry issues. An annual Environment Award was introduced in 2012.
  • The Young Pipeliners Forum (YPF) continues to grow. It is fantastic to see young professionals embracing the industry and having some fun at the same time as expanding their knowledge and meeting prospective mentors. The mentoring sessions with the Board are a great initiative by the YPF.
  • The Secretariat continues to work with the Government, the Opposition and the bureaucracy to increase the profile of APIA and influence policy. The proactive approach is also demonstrated by the Chief Executive being in the mainstream media with good commentary on gas policy, YPF, etc.
  • The continued success of APIA events that have set attendance records and brought the industry together to facilitate business opportunities for APIA’s members.

There is much happening in the energy and pipeline industries in Australia. The level of activity is significant and I hope all our members are participating to the extent they are able.

I look forward to 2013, my second year as President, with enthusiasm and excitement. I also look forward to seeing more of you at the various APIA functions, and I encourage all of you to raise any issue you may have within the industry, with any of the Board Members or the Secretariat.

Kevin Lester
APIA President

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