The Australian Pipeliner
Welcome to the January edition of The Australian Pipeliner and my first message to you as President. I am honoured to take on this role and look forward to leading the Australian Pipeline Industry Association (APIA) through the challenging times ahead.
The wonderful thing about New Year in the Southern Hemisphere is that summer brings a sense of new endeavours and a fresh start. We might wonder every year where the time went, but we also have that sense of looking forward: 2010 is no different, with new ventures in addition to the usual round of APIA events (check the website for dates).
The best way of structuring infrastructure investments was discussed at the APIA Melbourne dinner on 10 September 2009.
The WA Chapter held a lunch and Annual General Meeting on 16 September 2009.
APIA celebrated Christmas throughout Australia, with events in each state occurring in November and December 2009, capping off an exciting year. Pipeliners showed their enthusiasm for the industry, with one of the dinners recording the biggest turnout to a non-Convention APIA event.By Peter Kneale, Mechanical Project Engineer, Enerflex
The Western Australian Young Pipeliners Forum enjoyed a night of drinks, food and fierce competition when they got together for barefoot lawn bowls at the Mt Lawley Bowls Club in December.
The biennial International Pipeline Conference (IPC) runs for a week in Calgary, Canada, attracting approximately 5,000 participants and holding many streams of presentations.By Michael Kulk, IR & Development Manager, Northern Network Alliance, and the Queensland YPF Committee
The Queensland Young Pipeliners Forum caught up at the Irish Club in Brisbane on 6 November 2009 to talk about the benefits of mentoring and networking for the pipeline industry.
A new decade has heralded a number of new faces on the Australian Pipeline Industry Association Board. The Australian Pipeliner caught up with the Board members to talk about their experience in and the future of the pipeline industry.
WorleyParsons National Pipelines Manager Peter Cox was elected as the Australian Pipeline Industry Association’s new President at the 2009 Convention and Exhibition, succeeding SEA Gas’s Ashley Kellett. The Australian Pipeliner spoke with Mr Cox about leading the Association.
The Board of the Energy Pipelines Co-operative Research Centre has appointed Professor Valerie Linton as its inaugural Chief Executive Officer.
With the theme ‘Pipelines – A dynamic approach to Australia’s energy needs’, the 2009 APIA Convention provided a dynamic forum for the industry to unite and discuss key issues affecting transmission pipelines.
The 2009 APIA Convention was officially opened by Queensland Parliamentary Secretary for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy and Trade Michael Choi, who demonstrated a genuine interest in the gas transmission industry and a solid understanding of the challenges for energy industries in Australia.
At the Australian Pipeline Industry Association Convention and Exhibition, outgoing President Ashley Kellett noted that the Australian pipeline industry has an important role to play in helping to reduce the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.
Significant contributions to the pipeline industry were acknowledged at the 2009 Australian Pipeline Industry Association Convention and Exhibition. At last year’s convention APIA honoured two very commendable Pipeliners – Andy Lukas and Dan Morgan.
At the recent Australian Pipeline Industry Association Convention in Cairns, APA Group’s ‘Dial Before You Dig’ automated response system, developed by Mipela GIS, took out the APIA Safety Award for 2009.
Held at the Paradise Palms Resort and Country Club, the APIA Convention Golf Day was a great success, with players enjoying an action packed golf tournament amongst the beautiful tropical surrounds.
The Young Pipeliners Forum caught up before the APIA Convention Welcome Dinner, held on Saturday 17 October, to talk pipes and the year ahead.
Jemena builds, owns, operates, develops and manages approximately $9 billion worth of gas and electricity assets in Australia. The Australian Pipeliner caught up with Managing Director Paul Adams to discuss the company’s current and future pipeline projects.
The National Energy Board of Canada encourages a goal-oriented approach to pipeline operation. The regulator is currently considering the elimination of hydrotesting and moving toward a more streamlined approach to regulating Canada/United States cross border pipelines.By Barry Wood
Constructed in the mid-1990s, the Moomba to Sydney Ethane Pipeline provides a natural Australian resource to Qenos’ petrochemical facility, located in Port Botany, New South Wales. The following is an edited version of an article that appeared in the July 1996 edition of The Australian Pipeliner. Project Manager Norm Bakker described the construction of the Moomba to Sydney Ethane Pipeline.By Barry Wood
Bruce Andrews grew up in Bairnsdale, he later graduated as a Mechanical Engineer from Swinburne University in Melbourne. Bruce initially worked for Caterpillar in the early 1960s and then went on to join Gas & Fuel Corporation Industrial Sales. Bruce tells of his time in the industry.
Over two days, approximately 53 Pipeliners attended APA Group’s Dandenong headquarters in Victoria to witness PIH’s automated, rotating, on-pipe, liquid field applied coating process.
OSD Pipelines has been named among the Business Review Weekly Fast 100 companies for the fifth year in a row.
Taking into consideration the long-term growth prospects in the Queensland region, Enerflex Australasia is constructing a new office at TradeCoast Central in Brisbane, which is due for completion this year.
Caterpillar’s newest pipelayer, the PL61, positions a new, technically refined model at the small end of the Caterpillar pipelayer product line.
Recently celebrating 40 years in the industry, Denso Australia aims to provide long-term corrosion prevention solutions and sealing technologies to protect pipeline assets.
New Zealand company ITL Engineering recently won a number of awards at the Westpac Taranaki Business Awards. The company received the Large Business and Supreme Business awards, along with several commendations.
With the emergence of the coal seam gas sector as one of Australia’s fastest growing industrial markets and financial decisions on numerous Queensland LNG projects set for 2010, polyethylene pipe manufacturer PPI Corporation is continuing to grow.
Water evaporation methods are an important part of coal seam gas field development, and also have application in the mining industry. Resource Equipment Rentals is in the final stages of developing Queensland Nickel’s high volume evaporation project, located in Townsville.
Engineering and surveying company Fyfe is excited about expanding their business to keep up with Australia’s growing gas industry.
Solar Turbines Australia recently hosted an open day to celebrate a major safety achievement, bringing together many customers, suppliers, and past and present employees.
With a 6,600 lb (2,994 kg) lifting capacity, Vacuworx International’s MC3 Mini Lifter is a new, fully self-contained lifter designed with the underground utility contractor in mind.
Working closely with the asset owner, ATIVO aims to provide pipeline owners and licensees with an alternative maintenance solution.
Linabond Co-Lining Systems are composite protection systems, comprising of an impermeable polyvinyl chloride liner, which provides exceptional protection against hydrogen sulphide attack. Savcor recently provided the product to Melbourne Water.
Momentum Engineering has undertaken a layout study for LNG Ltd’s proposed Gladstone ‘Fisherman’s Landing’ LNG Project, to be located in the Port of Gladstone, Queensland.By Steve Davies, APIA Policy Adviser
The year ahead looks to be a busy one for energy policy, particularly with two major pieces of work – the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme and the Energy White Paper – continuing into the new year.
Nexus Energy recently constructed the 17 km Longtom Pipeline to commercialise the offshore Longtom Gas Field and provide Victoria with an additional gas supply.
The Wallumbilla to Darling Downs Pipeline, located in Queensland, was completed by Nacap Australia on time and with no lost time injuries early in 2009.
The involvement of traditional owners and management of indigenous cultural heritage sites was an integral part of Nacap’s construction process on Origin Energy’s Wallumbilla to Darling Downs Pipeline project.
The unique nature of the Australian pipeline industry means a specific approach is needed toward training for pipeline engineers working in the country. The Australian Pipeline Industry Association, with Chris Harvey as Project Manager, is designing a training program that is complementary to the requirements of AS2885 and the particular geographic and economic conditions of the Australian industry.
Contracting and executive recruitment company Wilson People Management believes it can now look optimistically beyond the economic doom and gloom to recovery, as major projects in the oil and gas, mining and defence industries come onstream across Australia.By Lyndsie Mewett
Over the last year, water pipeline construction has boomed with water pipeline projects completed and being proposed to lead from key water catchment areas to supply towns, as associated infrastructure for desalination plants, and as replacement infrastructure for the upgrade of inefficient irrigation channel systems. The Australian Pipeliner looks at major water pipeline projects of both the previous year and the year ahead.
As part of the Victorian Government’s plan to drought proof and provide adequate future water supplies for Melbourne, the 70 km Sugarloaf Pipeline is expected to be completed in February 2010 and is set to transfer on average 75 billion litres of water to Melbourne each year as part of the Food Bowl Modernisation Project.
Having supplied key infrastructure for Christies Beach Wastewater Treatment Plant and various other major Australian projects, Richmond Wheel and Castors get products and projects moving on custom-built wheels.
Clearflow Australia recently removed internal debris and weed growth built up in a water pipeline over a period of ten years, using innovative pigging technology.
The South East Queensland Water Grid Interconnection, a large and technically challenging engineering project, has earned the Southern Regional Water Pipeline Alliance a Gold Award in the Transport and Civil Infrastructure category at the 2009 Association of Consulting Engineers Australia Awards for Excellence.
Tropical Cyclone Charlotte saw the northern Queensland township of Karumba left without clean drinking water when floods washed away part of the 44 km Karumba Water Supply Pipeline in February 2009. Carpentaria Shire Council contracted JR & LM Trackson Directional Drilling to complete urgent repairs under the Norman River in seven weeks, using a Vermeer D330x500 drilling rig.By Marcus van Enk, Director, JHL Civil
JHL Civil recently developed and implemented pipeline solutions in environmentally sensitive areas for the construction of the Gippsland Water Factory, an exciting new recycled water initiative for southeastern Victoria.
Gas and water distribution main lines, services lines, hydrants and pipe systems need to be connected safely and reliably. Supplier Georg Fischer Piping Systems believes that user-friendly and cost effective techniques – such as hot tapping – are the right solution.
The latest gauges from Olympus, the EPOCH 1000 series of flaw detectors, combine a high level of performance for conventional portable flaw detection with the power of phased array imaging.
GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies has released the Sentinel LCT and Sentinel LNG flow meters, which combine reliable flow measurement with high accuracy.
Australian radio communications company Icom has developed a digital communications platform to benefit users who work in challenging environments.
Anode is supplying remote monitoring units, designed to monitor and transmit information from the field direct to an internet connection.
There is a lot more to GPA Engineering than just pipeline engineering – the company is able to provide a range of services from feasibility studies to engineering, procurement and construction.By Mandy Wong
Discoveries of gas in South Australia’s Cooper Basin in the 1960s saw the birth of the natural gas industry in Australia. These discoveries led to the construction of necessary infrastructure, including pipelines, which would eventually create a natural gas transmission network that now services the eastern states and territory of Australia.By Drew Coward, Graduate Engineer – Pipeline Integrity, Santos
The Cooper Basin, located in central Australia, is a major oil and gas producing basin of Australia. Following gas discovered in the area in the early 1960s, Santos has established and maintains a large pipeline network to facilitate gas delivery to eastern Australian markets.
The 5th Asian Pipeline Conference and Exhibition, held on 28–29 October 2009, was another highly successful event co-organised by the ASCOPE Gas Centre, the Malaysian Gas Association and the World Gas Conference organisers.
The 22nd International Pipeline Pigging and Integrity Management Conference will provide the opporutnity for delegate to consider how companies should prioritise pipeline repairs, if too much debris can undermine the in-line inspection of a pipeline and whether they are getting the best out of their tools.
FutureGAS – Australia’s premier gas conference and exhibition will be held in Brisbane, Queensland, from 9–11 March 2010.