The change of our Association’s name to the Australian Pipelines and Gas Association (APGA) has been quite timely given the challenges that are facing the gas industry in Australia.

Chief Executive’s Report

Australian Pipelines and Gas Association.

Anode Engineering announces new Managing Director

Anode Engineering would like to announce and welcome its newly appointed Managing Director, Mr Wayne Thomson.

Denso (Australia) joins the Australian Made Campaign

Denso (Australia) Pty Ltd is proud to announce it has officially registered with the Australian Made campaign to endorse 32 of its products as Australian Made.

Australia Day Award for OSD’s Brian O’Sullivan

OSD Limited Founder and Managing Director Brian O’Sullivan has been appointed as a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia for ‘significant service to Engineering in the oil and gas industry, and to support for people with Muscular Dystrophy’.

Two senior appointments for WDS

WDS has appointed Laurence Voyer and Barry Glendinning to senior positions at the company.

Vacuworx honoured with Governor’s Award for Excellence in Exporting

Vacuworx, a manufacturer and distributor of vacuum-lifting technology and material-handling equipment, has received the 2014 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Exporting.

Vale: Jeff Shepherd

Jeff Shepherd was truly one of the legends of the Australian pipeline industry, and arguably the best pipeline construction manager Australia has produced.

Vale: Joe ‘Red Sox’ Ashton

One of the real legends of pipelining, Joe Ashton, passed away earlier this year.

Vale: Bruce Wolfe

Bruce Wolfe started in the pipeline business with William Press on a water line in the United Kingdom in 1963, then went on to work on gas lines with CJB...

Vale: Brian Brenac

It is with considerable regret we advise the passing of Brian Brenac, aged 77, in Sydney on 20 November 2014 after a relatively brief illness.

Vale: Raymond R. Fessler

It is with great sadness and loss that we mark the passing of Raymond (Ray) Fessler, known to many as the father of pipeline stress corrosion cracking.

WA Chapter first to the green

The first official APGA function in the West for 2015 was the annual WA Chapter Golf Day and Dinner, held at the Maylands Peninsula Golf Course on Wednesday 11 February.

Cyclonic conditions for first APGA Brisbane function in 2015

Despite the wild weather provided by ex-Tropical Cyclone Marcia, over 400 pipeliners braved the conditions to attend the first Australian Pipelines and Gas Association Brisbane dinner of 2015, held at...

Pipeliners flock to NZ dinner

APGA continues to build relationships across the ditch with a successful dinner event in February, with more planned for the future.

VIC YPF bowled over

Young pipeliners usually don’t pass up the opportunity for a barbeque and a drink, so when lawn bowls was added to the list it made for a memorable event.

Pipeliners young and old hit the lawn

The South Australian YPF finished 2015 in fine form with the ‘bring an oldie’ lawn bowl competition.

Adapting for the future: launch of the APGA

The new Australian Pipelines and Gas Association was launched at Parliament House in Canberra on 18 March by the Federal Minister for Industry and Science, Hon Ian Macfarlane, as well...

Surfboats row in remembrance: ANZAC Cove, Gallipoli 2015

Tremco Pipeline Equipment is involved with the community to commemorate the centenary of the Gallipoli landing by participating in a surfboat marathon through the Dardanelles to ANZAC cove.

Mentoring and youth engagement crucial to long-term safety and value

2015 so far has been both a very busy and very productive time for the Energy Pipelines CRC research teams and centre staff.

Energy ministers’ gas market review continues to avoid the tough questions

The CoAG Energy Council has tasked the Australian Energy Market Commission with undertaking a Review of the East Coast Wholesale Gas Market and Pipeline Frameworks.

Free the CSG

Many APGA members are involved in the coal seam gas industry and are, therefore, facing a similar challenge as that facing the CSG producers – unreasonable claims by interest groups that want to close down all resource extraction activities.

Hopes for a more streamlined VET system

There has been much frustration over many years with vocational education and training.

Your guide to training in the Australian pipeline industry

Looking for a concise, reliable source of information on training requirements for the Australian pipeline industry? The Australian Pipeliner is producing a comprehensive guide on training for individuals and companies in the Australian pipeline industry.

An executive pipeliner: Rob Wheals

The Australian Pipeliner caught up with APA Group Group Executive – Transmission Rob Wheals to discuss his career in the pipeline industry, the major projects on the horizon for the company and his tips for young people entering the industry.

Victoria’s energy outlook: Lily D’Ambrosio

The Victorian State Election held late last year saw the Labor party, led by Daniel Andrews, return to power after four years in the political wilderness. The Australian Pipeliner caught up with the newly appointed Minister for Industry and Minister for Energy and Resources Lily D’Ambrosio to see what stance the new government will take on developing the state’s oil and gas resources.

In conversation with Fariba Mahdavi

After graduating from the University of Karshan, Iran in 2003, Fariba Mahdavi was focussed on anti-corrosion coatings for six years before moving to Malaysia to study nano-technology at the University Putra Malaysia. After graduating from UPM in 2013 she moved to Australia to study her favourite topic of pipeline coatings at Deakin University, a move sponsored by the Energy Pipelines CRC.

Workers on the line: Peter Marks and Michael Walters

When The Australian Pipeliner visited APA Group’s Stage 2 Victorian Northern Interconnect Expansion Project in Euroa, instead of the traditional ‘worker on the line’ interview, we were treated to a double interview with welder Peter Marks and his technical assistant, Michael Walters, who work for the project’s construction contractor, Nacap. Both offered very sound advice for the industry.

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Flexpipe Systems enhances local presence

Corrosion, safety and environmental impact are challenges producers face when they use traditional pipeline options like steel.

Richmond Wheel & Castor Co. keeps on rolling

Long-time Australian manufacturing company, Richmond Wheel & Castor Co., was contracted by Singapore-based engineering services company, NuStar Technologies, to supply two customised rollers specifically designed for guide roller structure on...

Providing an alternative to dual-layer FBE

In 2013, Bredero Shaw introduced SureBond™100, a patented, engineered polymer with a unique inter-penetrating network structure.

Anchorage introduces new pipe shoe sizes

One of Australia’s premier pipe support and pipe shoe manufacturers has announced the release of new sizes of pipe shoes for vertical piping applications.

Worldpoly makes safety equal to productivity and quality in butt welding

There’s been a shift in thinking about the safety of operators and butt welding equipment, with many asking whether it is possible to ensure operator safety while reducing welding times...

Eco-friendly paint, graffiti and gasket removers

Cortec® has added two safer and super-effective products to its eco-friendly and sustainable product lines.

Continuing to build momentum

With extensive experience in front end engineering, detailed design engineering and project delivery in both greenfield and brownfield environments, Momentum Engineering continues to provide for the Australian industry.

De-coiling made easy

The deployment of HDPE pipe coils has always been problematic, involving dangerous amounts of stored energy, thermal expansion and contraction as well as the difficult nature of handling medium to...

Snakes alive

Tapex General Manager Ed George is excited to announce that the company has secured the Australian distribution rights for one of the world’s leading tracer wire systems.

Very into vegetation

Established in 1977, Savco Vegetation Services is one of Australia’s most experienced vegetation management companies.

Replace or renew? Pipe and stormwater culvert maintenance

As utility assets age and the demand placed on them increases, asset managers are faced with the decision of whether to replace or renew their critical pipe networks and infrastructure.

Pipeline commissioning: purging air with gas

When gas pipelines were in their infancy in Australia, it was common practice to displace air from the pipeline using gas.

The state of fracking in 2015

There is no doubt that fracking is a divisive process – a point on which technical industry experts and anti-fracking campaigners appear to fleetingly agree. Whilst the technocrats focus is on fracking’s application – forcing open fissures and extracting oil and gas – campaigners are more likely to refer to the broader social division that is polarising viewpoints and opinions on its use in the unconventional gas industry.

Land management procedures during QLD’s pipeline boom

The three major LNG pipelines that are now commissioned in Queensland have changed the face of the gas industry in Australia. However, it is a vital aspect of pipeline construction...

Land policy debate becoming make-or-break for state governments

As politicians become increasingly involved in energy policy, and interest group opposition to CSG in particular gains momentum, the land access debate is fast becoming one of the biggest sticking...

How we’ve progressed: Twycross on health, safety, environment and pipelines

A wearer of many hats in the pipeline industry – Australian Pipelines and Gas Association Director, President of construction contractor Quanta Services, and Health, Safety and Environment Committee Chair –...

Safe practices in pipe lifting and joint bolting

Lifting pipe lines for routine inspection and maintenance is one of the more hazardous tasks that will be performed during the life of an operating plant.

Psychosocial safety: are you taking it seriously?

While psychosocial safety cannot be considered be a new issue, there is little doubt it is the next wave of health...

Delivering energy to the Eastern Goldfields

The construction of APA Group’s Eastern Goldfields Pipeline is gaining momentum in Western Australia as pipe shipments arrive from Fremantle’s North Quay.

ATHC diversifies to become a leading transport contractor for the pipeline industry

Australian Truck Hire Company, a leading dry-hire company, decided to diversify its services in late 2014 by offering up wet-hire to its customers.

Moving and lifting across Australia

The crane truck segment is often overlooked when road transport is on the agenda, but it is an area bustling with activity and filled with business savvy.

Pipeline design and the ‘fit-for-purpose’ method

Section 4 of the APGA Code of Practice for Upstream PE Gathering networks in the CSG industry covers pipeline design. The design principles set out in this section include two...

Pipeline development heats up in the north

Australia’s Northern Territory is home to a number of major gas and pipeline projects nearing commissioning and under construction. The Australian Pipeliner takes a look at pipeline activity and policy...

Next steps for the NT link pipeline

As the organisation responsible for the feasibility study for the proposed Northern Territory to East Coast Interconnect Gas Pipeline, The Australian Pipeliner spoke to APA Group Group Executive – Transmission...

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