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The Australian Pipeliner

January 2010

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President’s Message

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.

Chief Executive’s Report

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).

Investing in infrastructure at APIA Melbourne dinner

The best way of structuring infrastructure investments was discussed at the APIA Melbourne dinner on 10 September 2009.

Sustaining the industry in Perth

The WA Chapter held a lunch and Annual General Meeting on 16 September 2009.

’O come all ye Pipeliners

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.

YPF: barefoot in WA

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.

YPF opportunity to go to Canada

The biennial International Pipeline Conference (IPC) runs for a week in Calgary, Canada, attracting approximately 5,000 participants and holding many streams of presentations.

QLD YPF: bridging the gap

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.

Meet the 2010 APIA Board

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.

President Peter takes pipelines to the next level

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.

Valerie Linton appointed CEO of EPCRC

The Board of the Energy Pipelines Co-operative Research Centre has appointed Professor Valerie Linton as its inaugural Chief Executive Officer.

Tropical transmission: the APIA Convention in Cairns

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.

Choi-ce: Queensland Energy Parliamentary Secretary speaks in Cairns

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.

Outgoing APIA President urges Australia to go with gas

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.

APIA awards finest

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.

Dial Before You Dig: a winner for APA

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.

Picturesque putting in the tropics

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.

YPF at Convention

The Young Pipeliners Forum caught up before the APIA Convention Welcome Dinner, held on Saturday 17 October, to talk pipes and the year ahead.

Managing Jemena’s assets: Adams talks growth

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.

Regulating Canadian pipelines: Murray tells all

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.

The Moomba to Sydney Ethane Pipeline

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.

Legends of the pipeline industry: Bruce Andrews

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.

PIH demonstrates joint coating the easy way

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 takes out fifth consecutive BRW Fast 100 award

OSD Pipelines has been named among the Business Review Weekly Fast 100 companies for the fifth year in a row.

Enerflex to open new Brisbane office

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.

Improved control with the PL61

Caterpillar’s newest pipelayer, the PL61, positions a new, technically refined model at the small end of the Caterpillar pipelayer product line.

Sealing and protecting pipes with Denso

Recently celebrating 40 years in the industry, Denso Australia aims to provide long-term corrosion prevention solutions and sealing technologies to protect pipeline assets.

Ample awards for ITL

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.

PPI: the perfect PE pipe partner

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.

RER: assisting evaporation

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.

Fyfe: expanding for the future of gas

Engineering and surveying company Fyfe is excited about expanding their business to keep up with Australia’s growing gas industry.

Solar Turbines opens up to celebrate safety

Solar Turbines Australia recently hosted an open day to celebrate a major safety achievement, bringing together many customers, suppliers, and past and present employees.

Lifting big with the MC3 Mini Lifter

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.

ATIVO: committed to compliance

Working closely with the asset owner, ATIVO aims to provide pipeline owners and licensees with an alternative maintenance solution.

Saving pipes with Savcor

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 picks up in the LNG market

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.

Policy in transmission: the year ahead

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.

Offshore pipelay installation completed at Longtom

Nexus Energy recently constructed the 17 km Longtom Pipeline to commercialise the offshore Longtom Gas Field and provide Victoria with an additional gas supply.

Nacap completes Wallumbilla to Darling Downs Pipeline

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.

Nacap keeps cultural heritage in mind

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.

All aboard APIA’s training program

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.

Wilson People Management sees recovery in people power

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.

Water pipelines: drought proofing down under

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.

Sweet success: the construction of the Sugarloaf Pipeline

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.

Get rolling with Richmond Wheel and Castors

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.

Pigging a water pipeline: a Dawson River case study

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.

SRWPA gets the gold at 2009 ACEA awards

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.

Directional drilling leads to Karumba’s pipeline success

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.

Gippsland pipeline construction sets new benchmarks

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.

Hot tapping tools provide drilling solutions under pressure

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.

Olympus: gauging the industry

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.

AMS goes with the flow

GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies has released the Sentinel LCT and Sentinel LNG flow meters, which combine reliable flow measurement with high accuracy.

Improving communications with IDAS

Australian radio communications company Icom has developed a digital communications platform to benefit users who work in challenging environments.

Monitoring features abound with the RMU2

Anode is supplying remote monitoring units, designed to monitor and transmit information from the field direct to an internet connection.

GPA Engineering: a bow with many strings

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.

South Australia’s pipeline potential

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.

Super Cooper: Santos’ Cooper Basin pipeline network

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.

Another Asian success in the pipeline

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.

Tackle today’s pipeline issues: the 22nd PPIM Conference in Houston

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.

Come to FutureGAS 2010

FutureGAS – Australia’s premier gas conference and exhibition will be held in Brisbane, Queensland, from 9–11 March 2010.

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