The Australian Pipeliner
Competition amongst APIA members was fierce at this year’s WA golf tournament, as 24 teams battled it out for the championship title.
On Thursday 16 February, an impressive gathering of 340 guests attended the APIA Brisbane Dinner held at the Brisbane Hilton.
Are you “young”? Are you a part of Australia’s brilliant pipeline industry? Are you a member of your state’s Young Pipeliners Forums? No? Well, why not!
While Australia has been described as the land of opportunity – we can safely say the pipeline industry is the industry of opportunity.
Every organisation needs to stop for a moment and take stock of their role and direction. APIA does this every three years at Board level and also from time-to-time by including various representatives of the Association in a day of review.
As Managing Director of Nacap Australia since 2003, Mark Bumpstead plans, manages and directs all activities for Nacap across Australia, South East Asia and various Pacific Rim countries.
In what has now become a tradition for many branches of the YPF, the first event of the year for the Victorian YPF was enjoyed with a meet at the Richmond Union Bowls Club on 23 February.
Hailing from the distant shores of Ireland, Murphy Pipe and Civil Pipe Fitter Eddie Cody joined the Australian pipeline scene in 1995, and has been thankful to have secured a role in the vibrant industry ever since.
In the October 2011 edition of The Australian Pipeliner, APIA included an article on the association’s Pipeline Engineer Training Project. In addition to providing the rationale for the project, the article explained what had been achieved in Stage 1 of the project through the creation of the APIA Guide to AS2885 and the APIA Pipeline Engineer Competency Standards and set out the program for Stage 2 of the project.
Securing a string of large-scale pipeline and civil construction projects across Queensland has prompted the rapidly-growing company Murphy Pipe and Civil to expand its executive and project management teams.by Barry Wood
Three weeks work – that was what I was offered in 1969 – three weeks work on a Pearson Holiday detection survey of the 750 mm Longford to Dandenong Gas Pipeline recently completed by Saipem for the Gas & Fuel Corporation.
Murphy Pipe and Civil is set for a busy 2012, with the Brisbane-based pipeline construction company announcing on 28 February that it had secured a large-scale water pipeline construction project in northern Queensland.
Throughout his lengthy career in the Australian pipeline industry, Barry Wood has made an indelible impact on the industry, most notably through what is now known as The Australian Pipeliner. Barry made many great friendships within the industry, and now some of those friends have shared their reflections of working with Barry, marking the occasion of his recent retirement.by Terry Charlton, CEO, Snowy Hydro Ltd
The Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme is one of the most complex integrated water and hydro-electric power schemes in the world. The scheme, which was constructed from 1949–74, was a pioneering engineering feat for Australia and the world, and remains a fixture in Australia’s calendar of historical achievements.by Sally Commins
Courtesy of January’s final investment decision for INPEX’s Ichthys Project, located at Blaydin Point near Darwin, the Northern Territory is about to witness major pipeline and construction activity across the state.
Brett Struck has been a part of the Northern Territory pipeline industry for a total of 29 years, with 17 years as the Northern Territory pipeline regulator, responsible for licensing transmission pipelines.
Construction on the world-class Ichthys Project has recently begun, following a final investment decision made by joint venture partners INPEX and Total in January 2012.
Last year, APA Group acquired the Amadeus Gas Pipeline, greatly expanding its Northern Territory asset portfolio. The Australian Pipeliner speaks to APA General Manager Wendy Oldham to find out more about the company’s Northern Territory operations and what is involved in the day-to-day management of Australia’s second-longest pipeline.
Global joint integrity specialist and engineering services company Hydratight has helped achieve leak-free bolted joints on refinery and production facilities for over thirty years. Its safety-promoting products are fundamental to the construction and operation of energy facilities and its management systems are being implemented by companies around the world.
Oil and gas pipeline construction company KT Pty Ltd has secured a contract with Chevron Australia to prepare and construct a CO2 pipeline as well as injection well sites for the Chevron-operated Gorgon Project, located on Barrow Island in Western Australia.
Richmond Wheel & Castor has provided an alternative solution to a dry sliding installation when locating a new pipeline inside an existing larger diameter pipeline.
Plant hire organisation NationWide Hire has begun a major expansion of its capabilities due to the support of new shareholder, Omni Technical Solutions.
Mitchell Water has introduced the BulletPlow, a machine which uses a vibrating trenchless method to lay polyethylene pipe with minimal ground disturbance.
Surveying service company Definium advises its clients to stay on the front foot with boundary definition to minimise the risk of attracting standby rates from civil contractors and potentially compromising expensive infrastructure.
Engineering skill shortages have been a common and recurring problem over the last decade. Here, engineering recruitment specialist Bayside Personnel discusses how companies can address the issue by focusing on developing and up-skilling their existing employees.
From its humble Australian beginnings in Queensland in 2010, Hebao Pipeline Company now supplies plastic and steel pipe throughout the Australian market.
In 2007–08, a pioneering horizontal directional drilling project commenced using trenchless technology on the Berri Causeway and Abu Ali Island on the Persian Gulf coast of Saudi Arabia.
During March 2012, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics commenced two direct sailings from Galveston, Texas to Australia as an extension to its established Americas to Oceania service.
PLIDCO® is a family-owned business located in the United States that was founded in 1949 by Joseph and Berneice Smith.by Keith Leewis, PhD PEng
The definition of ‘unpiggable’ still raises some controversy; however, it best describes difficulty and sometimes expresses unknowns. All pipelines are piggable, just some require more ingenuity, because they are exceedingly expensive to inspect. Sometimes the label is assigned because a new operator doesn’t know if the system they just bought came with sufficiently good records to find potential pigging obstacles.by Torsten Krebs, German Cathodic Protection GmbH & Co. KG, Essen, Germany
Cathodic corrosion protection is today’s state-of-the-art way of preventing external corrosion on steel pipelines. Therefore, with respect to the rehabilitation of pipelines and their integrity, cathodic protection has a major influence on the lifetime expectancy for the rehabilitated pipeline.by Steve Davies, Policy Adviser, APIA
A new issue of the Gas Industry Training Package, UEG 11, was endorsed for release by EE-Oz, the industry skills council responsible for gas supply, late last year. Of particular interest to the gas transmission industry will be the new Certificate II in Gas Transmission Construction.
A clear set of regulations is needed to cover future development near major infrastructure pipelines to protect the public, developers and pipeline owners, according to Fyfe Managing Director Mark Dayman.by Ian Spence, General Manager – Western Australia, CNC Project Management
The environmental regulatory regime that pipelines and other major projects operate under in Australia is complex and can be a frustrating and lengthy process. The Federal Government has commissioned a review of the legislation that governs this area and recently outlined its planned changes to the regime.
In a series of posts on his blog Pipelines Oz, pipeline expert Peter Tuft has written extensively on location classification as a concept that all pipeliners should be aware of in the industry. In this article, Mr Tuft’s series of blog posts on location classification have been collated into a concise summary of the issue.
Mipela GeoSolutions, an information management company, has worked with Epic Energy for a number of years. Here, Mipela explains how it implemented its X-Info Connect Stakeholder Management Solution last year to manage Epic’s landholder information and stakeholder communications.
Project management and control of traceability is simple with Sentanil Systems’ suite of pipeline construction information management systems.
New demand from the iron ore mining sector in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, has provided APA Group with the opportunity to undertake two expansion projects on the Goldfields Gas Pipeline, both of which are underpinned by long-term gas transportation agreements with major mining companies.by the Alliancing Association of Australasia
Rear-view lessons learnt from successful, complex projects such as the Sugarloaf Pipeline can provide useful insights for industry participants facing significant technical, social and environmental challenges on current projects.
After a year of construction filled with unique challenges, Apache Corporation and Santos have completed the Reindeer Raw Gas Pipeline, which will be delivering domestic gas from offshore Western Australia to the Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline, assisting the state’s energy security.
The safe transportation of large diameter pipe is a continuously evolving aspect of the industry, particularly with increasingly stringent OH&S requirements and demand for projects to be completed on time and under budget.
In order to maximise management of health, safety and environmental issues, APA Group has implemented a new system that will help the company achieve its commitment to a zero-harm work environment within each of its various offices across the nation.
In their standard form, excavators are not presently equipped with crane-type instrumentation, and are therefore limited in their pipe lifting capacities, according to Plantmech.by James Watt, Technical Manager – CCS/Renewable Energy, AMEC
The development of common infrastructure for carbon capture and storage is becoming an important issue in the pipeline industry. Large-scale deployment of carbon capture and storage will need considerable transport infrastructure, which is optimised by using common facilities and pipelines.by Helen Wood, Managing Director, TMS Consulting
Roster design and work schedules, if poorly designed or managed ineffectively, are associated with a variety of psychosocial and physiological problems that can affect the health and well-being of workers. In the pipeline industry, fatigue is a key emerging variable which is becoming increasingly prominent in terms of management strategies and is one that demands attention.