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The Australian Pipeliner

July 2012

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President’s message

The construction contractors were the originators of this successful and growing industry association, and they remain the backbone of APIA.

Chief Executive’s Report

Manufacturing: Let me begin this edition’s message with a vote of thanks to our manufacturing industry.

Adelaide and Sydney get ready for the AS2885.3

Pipeliners nationwide have been learning about the changes to the Australian pipeline standard through the informative AS2885.3 seminars, held around Australia and one in New Zealand.

A roaring night in Adelaide for the APIA

Landing on the eve of the 2012 Clipsal 500 event, the APIA Adelaide Dinner, held on 1 March 2012, played host quite a number of pipeliners who arrived in town to attend both events.

Sydney hears of pioneer pipeline installation

At the Sydney Dinner, held at the Sydney Harbour Marriott on 21 March 2012, over 50 attendees heard of the challenges and results of the first spoolable glass-reinforced epoxy pipeline installation in Australia.

CSG talk abuzz at Brisbane

A gathering of almost 350 guests converged at the Brisbane Hilton on 17 May for the Brisbane Dinner, where the conversation was focused upon the various Queensland-based coal seam gas and LNG developments.

Future investment in natural gas pipelines

The following article is a summary of a presentation given by Brookfield Infrastructure Group Risk & Regulatory Senior Vice President Adriaan van Jaarsveldt at the 2011 APIA Annual Convention and Exhibition.

More news, events and resources now online at updated APIA website

Redesigned in response to comments received in the recent member survey, APIA’s new site is more modern and user-friendly – making it easier to find the details you want to know about your industry and your Association.

Enriching Australia’s pipeline industry: Energy Pipelines CRC’s global connections

The Australian Pipeliner would like to introduce Energy Pipelines CRC CEO Valerie Linton, who will be a regular contributor to the magazine going forward. In this issue, Professor Linton speaks on the success of Energy Pipelines CRC’s most recent research seminar, and discusses the benefits of collaborating with international research organisations and industry experts in developing Australia’s young pipeline industry personnel.

From the beginning: the growth of the YPF

Since its inception in 2006, the YPF has helped many young pipeliners find their feet in the pipeline industry, offered them great career opportunities, and allowed them to make both important business connections and long-lasting friendships. Epic Energy Project Manager Kristin Carey, who was present at the YPF’s first event, provides some insight into how the initiative started and how far it has come.

Vic YPF hears of QSN 3’s construction through flood and fire

On 26 April 2012, the Victorian YPF chapter gathered at the Bull and Bear Tavern in Melbourne to hear from Nacap Corporate Services Manager John Frith on the challenges of constructing QSN 3.

Talking AS2885 at the WA YPF

by Ian Spence, Chair of the WA YPF Committee

The Western Australian YPF held another successful speaker evening on 19 April, with APIA technical advisor Ed Gaykema delivering an entertaining, informal presentation on AS2885 and why young pipeliners should be involved in its development.

QLD YPF hears of pipeline learnings from the Northern Hemisphere

On 10 May 2012 the Queensland YPF congregated at the Ship Inn in South Brisbane to listen to a talk by Martin Axelby of OSD Pipelines.

Leading WA into a secure energy future: Stuart Johnston

As the Chief Executive Officer of DBP – the owner and operator of Australia’s largest natural gas pipeline, the Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline – Stuart Johnston has a significant role to play in maintaining Western Australia’s domestic gas supply.

Facilitating effective knowledge transfer in the pipeline industry

As a seasoned member of the Australian pipeline industry, OSD Pipelines Principal Pipeline Engineer and PIPEd Training Provider Chris Hughes is highly informed on the matter of transferring knowledge from the elder generation of pipeliners to the new entrants.

Forging a sustainable pipeline industry: a student’s perspective

The future health and success of the pipeline industry in Australia will depend upon its attractiveness and accessibility to students, and an effective knowledge transfer system, according to University of Wollongong PhD student YouYou Wu.

Worker on the line: Alan Black

Nacap Supervisor Alan Black, who is currently installing CSG gathering pipelines for the Queensland Curtis LNG Project in Chinchilla, Queensland, took a few minutes to speak with The Australian Pipeliner about his time in the industry.

Gaining perspective on the gas industry

In October 2009, a group led by GHD Business Leader – CSG Barbara Jinks began researching possible means for providing sufficient expertise in gas transmission, and whether ageing gas transmission systems required more personnel and other expertise.

Pipeline works abound at QCLNG

Murphy Pipe and Civil has been awarded a $250 million contract to install the upstream network of high-density polyethylene pipelines for the Queensland Curtis LNG Project.

The importance of branding for pipeline companies

Branding is a very important part of marketing and it is important to invest properly in this asset as it cuts through clutter and builds customer preference.

A brief history of cathodic protection

by Dr Bruce Ackland, Principal Corrosion Scientist, Bruce Ackland and Associates Pty Ltd

Cathodic protection is often seen as a black-box technology – something that only experts can understand. However, the history of cathodic protection dates back over 188 years, and the science behind it is well understood.

Pro-active policy management

by Steve Davies, Policy Adviser, APIA

Australia’s gas transmission industry has a safety record that is the envy of the world. While this is due to a number of factors, the commitment and foresight of the local industry and experts is clearly a large contributor.

Working HDD in the Otway Ranges

In 2011 Dunstans Construction Group, in conjunction with the Barwon Water Alliance, completed two horizontally directionally drilled crossings in the environmentally fragile Otway Ranges in order to replace multiple sections of the deteriorating Colac Pipeline.

Tunnelling into trenchless: microtunnelling and pipe jacking explained

Trenchless technology offers an alternative to the traditional open-cut method of pipeline installation when it is not possible or ideal. Here, The Australian Pipeliner speaks with a number of leading trenchless service providers to find out more about trenchless tunnelling methods – specifically microtunnelling and pipe jacking.

Exceptional growth in trenchless: Tunnelcorp

Multi-disciplinary trenchless technology contractor Tunnelcorp has taken a leap ahead in the trenchless marketplace, achieving full third-party ‘Quality, Safety and Environmental’ ISO accreditation as well as receiving a number of orders for its services.

Drilling to Treasure Island

The Treasure Island Project in Russia, which used horizontal directional drilling to install an oil transport pipeline under the Kama River, mimicked many aspects of the Robert Stevenson story of the same name. It involved an island and oil, the modern world’s treasure, and daring adventures were had by the drilling crew.

Trenchless on the RBP

WDS Limited has recently been contracted by APA Group to loop approximately 6 km of the existing Roma to Brisbane Gas Pipeline, which was originally constructed in the 1960s.

Techdrill invests into the HDD Maxi-Rig market

Techdrill Civil Services has invested into the HDD Maxi-Rig market with the purchase of a Herrenknecht 250 rig and extended its services in the smaller HDD market with the purchase of a Vermeer D60x90.

New pipelay vessels test their sea legs

With many subsea resources yet to be discovered and developed, offshore construction contractors are continually on the lookout for ways to improve their pipelay vessel fleets. Here, The Australian Pipeliner features the latest offerings from industry leaders Saipem and Subsea 7, and profiles a current model from Leighton Offshore.

Celebrating the golden age of gas

The 2012 APIA Annual Convention and Exhibition is gearing up to showcase the world-renowned Australian pipeline industry, and is set to provide a platform for discussion on industry growth and opportunity in what Federal Resources and Energy Minister Martin Ferguson has described as the ‘golden age for gas’.

Analysing debeaders with Widos

The situation is familiar, according to welding equipment and devices manufacturer Widos: after the butt welding of polyethylene or polypropylene pipe, the end result is a stable and long-life welding connection.

Mears: assessing and assuring the integrity of pipelines

With an office recently established in Australia to complement its global expansion, Mears Integrity Solutions is continuing to affirm its status as a world-leading service provider in pipeline integrity management.

Lean Field Developments: showcasing corrosion-resistant Flexpipe in the Cooper Basin

Following recent AS2885 compliance, and a successful pilot project in Moomba last year, Lean Field Developments has received increased interest for its installation experience with its internationally renowned product, Flexpipe.

Boddingtons rebrands and aims for growth as Fiberweb

Fiberweb, having purchased Boddingtons in early 2011, is now significantly increasing the product offering through its Australian office, adding more specialty industrial, construction and other products.

Precision pipeline equipment with PLM

PipeLine Machinery International offers a suite of quality pipeline products available to the Australian pipeline industry, with some of the key products in profile below.

CastoTube: where only the toughest survive

When the world’s toughest industries went searching for wear- and erosion-resistant pipe and elbows, they came to Castolin Eutectic for the CastoTube and CDP WearPlate.

Keeping Momentum on the GGT

Momentum Engineering is currently working with APA Group on the design of two new compression projects as part of the Goldfields Gas Transmission Augmentation Program.

McCosker: offering safety and quality in civil contracting

Civil contracting company McCosker aims to go beyond fulfilling its contractual obligations in delivering its range of services to the mining, construction, building and industrial sectors of Queensland.

Looking beyond the rates: career progression in the pipeline industry

Observing the increased activity of projects across Australia, it would appear that opportunities for local engineering and piping professionals are on the incline. As companies strive to build sustainable workforces and suitably skilled project teams, there remains a strong demand for niche skills and experience within the engineering and associated disciplines.

Enerpac: delivering reliability and optimum productivity

In introducing its new TQ700E range of compact hydraulic torque wrench pumps to Australia and New Zealand, Enerpac is delivering reliability and faster per-bolt productivity gains with simplified operation and maintenance.

Hydratight: number one for Bechtel

Bechtel has recognised the outstanding performance of global joint integrity specialist and engineering services company Hydratight, placing the joint integrity leader among the top one per cent of its suppliers.

X-Info Connect PriceFinder saves Metgasco’s time

In response to these requirements, Mipela GeoSolutions and Property Data Solutions have created Australia’s first innovative live property data update service, which involves the integration of Mipela’s X-Info Connect stakeholder information management software with the PriceFinder online property search application.

Cooper Basin sees an Australian first in pipe technology

by Nick Owens, Fiberspar, and Don McMillan, Oil Gas CBM Services

Over 15,000 km of spoolable glass-reinforced epoxy pipe has already been installed in North America, and now this revolutionary technology is coming to Australia’s shores.

Pipeline support for CSG hubs

Pipelines play a critical role in supporting CSG developments from start to finish. Gathering lines are used at the exploration and production phase, transmission pipelines transport gas from the field to processing plants and to market.

Making the most of your machinery: attachment flexibility on the construction site

Given the dynamic nature of the Australian pipeline industry, having flexibility with machinery on the construction site is imperative to getting a project completed on time and under budget.

Packaging your machinery for safe export

The unique, flexible packaging materials of Cortec® VpCI®-130 Series Foams has set the global industry standard for export packaging of machinery, equipment and components.

Pipeline Plant Hire: committed to providing Australia with its machinery needs

Pipeline Plant Hire owns and manages a comprehensive list of specialised heavy plant equipment, including a range of modern, well-maintained excavators.

New Zealand: maintaining a pipeline network on the Ring of Fire

Due to its location on a fault line, New Zealand is susceptible to earthquakes, creating a challenging environment for pipelines. Despite this, NZ has been able to mitigate these effects to maintain a gas network that includes over 3,500 km of high pressure pipelines.

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