The Australian Pipeliner
If you are reading this Convention edition of The Australian Pipeliner at the 2010 APIA Annual Convention and Exhibition – welcome to Darwin! If you are reading the magazine from somewhere south, west or east – read on and find out what you’re missing!
The WA Chapter of APIA held its annual Seminar and Dinner Dance on 25 June at the Parmelia Hilton, with the seminar focussing on ‘Pipelines: Conception to Re-birth’.
The proposed Ichthys Gas Field Development will involve the construction of the longest offshore gas pipeline in the southern hemisphere. Project proponent Inpex General Manager Darwin Sean Kildare addressed the APIA Darwin Dinner about the scope of the project and the opportunities it poses to the industry.
While there may have been some debate about whether it was the first APIA Sydney Dinner, there was no debate that the dinner on 1 July 2010 was a great success.
When an airport is being purpose-built to service a gas project it is clear that the project is of a monumental scale.
Established by the Commonwealth Government to deal with issues of national significance involving the pipeline industry, the Energy Pipelines Co-operative Research Centre was officially launched on 8 June 2010 at the University of Wollongong’s Innovation Campus.
This year’s much-anticipated APIA Young Pipeliners Forum Tour of Wollongong – known as Gang at the ’Gong – involved a two-day tour of the BlueScope Steel, OneSteel, Orrcon Steel and Bredero Shaw facilitiesBy Peter Kneale, Enerflex, and Samantha Haines, APA Group
June was a busy month for the Western Australian Young PIpeliners Forum, with the group organising a site visit and a formal mentoring session with experienced pipeliners from the industry.
The Northern Territory is not only the location of this year’s APIA Convention, but is also home to some of Australia’s most exciting proposed petroleum projects. Here, the Territory’s Chief Minister Paul Henderson speaks with The Australian Pipeliner about his Government’s commitment to ensuring these projects and their associated pipeline infrastructure come to fruition.
Oil Search Executive General Manager of Operations Richard Robinson is excited to bring his experience in the pipeline industry to the key projects currently at the heart of the APIA Board’s work. Here, he talks to The Australian Pipeliner about his work in the pipeline industry, and reveals how those experiences are set to shape key training and innovation projects during his tenure as APIA Treasurer.
APA Group’s Moomba to Sydney Pipeline Capacity Upgrade Project is an important ongoing project, securing an increased gas supply for Australia’s east coast. Darren Janes is AJ Lucas’ Construction Superintendant on the project. Here, he provides an insight into working on the project spread.
The pipe-making process comprises three key processes: steel production, pipe manufacture and pipe coating. Within each of these steps, a number of processes are carried out to ensure the manufacture of high quality, functional pipe. BlueScope Steel, Orrcon Steel, OneSteel and Bredero Shaw have opened their factory doors to share the secrets of the pipe-making process with readers of The Australian Pipeliner.
The Australian pipeline industry has gone through various changes over the past decade. In 1996, Max Kimber of Kimber Consultants wrote two papers that addressed the changes to the Australian gas pipeline industry from its beginnings in the late 1960s until that time. Here, he provides an update to today, highlighting historical lessons and new developments in research that the industry can learn from.
Choosing the right pipeline coating is crucial in ensuring the long-term protection and efficiency of gas pipelines. Bredero Shaw’s Peter Mayes and Justin Brown outline the different types of coating available to the Australian market, and where they are best used.By Bernie Landy, General Manager Industrial Markets, BlueScope Steel
Steel is a globally strategic industry. It is a fundamental material used in countless applications that touch our everyday lives. Up until relatively recently the steel industry around the world was characterised by stability and predictability. This has now changed and it has changed dramatically.By Mark Harper
“You are in our backyard and you are in our livelihood and you are in our home. I don’t want your $10,000, I just want you to do the right thing.”Barry Wood
The Gas and Fuel Corporation of Victoria commissioned its $50 million pipeline between Pakenham and Wollert during the winter of 1984, ten years after it was first considered.Barry Wood
Len Ballem is not our usual ‘pipeliner legend’ involved in the construction of oil and gas pipelines, however Len has spent a lifetime – 46 years – in the pipe manufacturing business. He is about to retire from his present position of Tyco’s Market Manager Southern Region.
Each year Australia grants working visas to skilled workers to boost the nation’s pipeline building capability. These international personalities provide a much-loved flavour to the Australian industry. The Australian Pipeliner talks to eight pipelining personalities who have come from Canada, Scotland, Croatia and Kenya to find out what brought them to Australia and to hear about their experiences of, and insights into Australia’s pipeline industry.
Each year, the APIA Convention gets bigger and better than ever. The Association does a fantastic job putting on the event, and wouldn’t be able to do so without ample support from the industry. This year’s Convention Host Sponsors explain why they support the event.
Wasco Energy has experienced an eventful period working on Australian projects, including the Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline Stage 5A and Stage 5B expansions, which involved over 500 km of 26 inch line pipe.
Pipe and Civil is bringing new technology to Australia’s pipeline construction industry, which promises to increase cost-efficiency and safety on projects while reducing environmental impacts. Ploughing technology traditionally used in the rollout of fibre optics has been scaled up to provide a new method of burying gathering pipeline.
There is a growing need within the pipeline industry for fast, reliable techniques to inspect piping for corrosion. Olympus NDT has recently released a system to accurately detect and measure corrosion for both large areas of erosion and tiny pinholes.
Using fusion technology, ISCO offers high-pressure welding equipment and an onsite parts inventory, complete with technical support and training.
Hastings Deering, the Caterpillar dealer assigned to Queensland, the Northern Territory, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, discusses the development opportunities currently posed by Queensland’s proposed coal seam gas to LNG projects.Dr Stephan Brockhaus, Dr Hubert Lindner, Rosen Technology & Research Centre, Germany, Tom Steinvoorte, Rosen Europe, Netherla
With a total length of 1,173 km, the Langeled Pipeline connects Nyhamna in Norway with Easington in the UK, and is currently the world’s longest subsea gas pipeline. In 2008, Rosen was awarded the contract for a single-run in-line inspection of the pipeline. The project was both exciting and challenging due to the difficulties posed by a number of the pipeline’s characteristics. No pipeline of comparable length had ever been inspected in a single run before.
Petro Coating Systems has provided long-life corrosion prevention and sealing systems for pipelines since 1992. The Australian Pipeliner meets the people delivering the coating solutions on Australian and South East Asian pipelines.
PII Pipeline Solutions, a GE Oil & Gas and Al Shaheen joint venture, has been selected to help improve the long-term security of two important Australian natural gas pipelines.
Two private companies – GeoSolutions Australia and Mipela GIS – have merged to create a new company, which will provide geographical information solutions on the eastern seaboard.
Since its inception, Wasco Energy has strengthened its presence in the Australian region working closely with network offices in Singapore, Dubai and Jakarta and has become a complete process service company offering compression, process modules, and after sales service.
The sometimes hazardous working conditions on Australian pipeline sites, such as temperature extremes of up to 40 degrees Celsius, have prompted CJD to take a radically different approach to pipelayer products.
National engineering company Monadelphous Group Ltd has acquired Perth-based KT Pipeline Services as a cornerstone of its targeted growth in the infrastructure sector.
BTB Australia has consistently been involved in major infrastructure projects across Australia, utilising its experience and skills in the installation of pipelines using trenchless technology.
The Australian pipeline industry has always been innovative and ready to adopt new technology. Tremco Pipeline Equipment recently ran a demonstration in Brisbane showcasing the latest welding techniques from CRC Evans and the latest field joint coating techniques from PIH.
The Beattie Transport Group has become an established name in the transport industry. As well as being a well regarded warehousing, local distribution and ‘hot shot’ specialist, Beattie has become a significant national interstate transport provider, specialising in over-dimensional loads.
UEA has bored and installed a total of 2,880 m of high-density polyethylene pipeline on the recently completed Replacement Flows Project, as part of the Western Sydney Recycled Water Initiative.
In the competitive world of tenders for large-scale pipeline project service contracts, proving your safety credentials is becoming increasingly important. The Australian Pipeliner talks to Pressure and Safety Systems’ Malcolm Reeve to discuss the company’s ‘no harm’ policy.
The 3M™ Scotchkote™ brand, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, has become one of 3M’s most resilient brands by helping to make oil, gas and water pipelines more durable in harsh environments.
On pipeline project sites around the word ALLU’s screening buckets are proving a popular alternative to traditional padding machines. ALLU’s David MacLynn talks to The Australian Pipeliner about the benefits that the company’s Screener Crushers are delivering to pipeline projects in North America, Algeria and South Africa.
Manufacturer and supplier Proline has been serving the international pipeline industry for decades, continually developing innovative technology and equipment to streamline all aspects of construction for both pipelines and plant.
Flip Screen Australia, the Wagga Wagga-based manufacturer of the multi-award winning Flip Screen technology, now sees its patented technology being used throughout 19 countries.
Using the latest in electrochemical corrosion prevention technology, Savcor Products supplies products and systems that can extend the life of pipelines while reducing the amount of maintenance required.
More than three years after forming Unidel with fellow directors Paul Maloney, Shane O’Connell and Leon Betts, Chris Gorham outlines the challenges associated with the company’s growth and its range of services as it strives to meet the expanding needs of the Australian energy industry and the expanding coal seam gas sector.
Following a recent expansion in Australia, RPS now operates out of 23 locations around the country, and has significantly increased its range of services to assist with all stages of pipeline development – from conception to operation.
Vietz has partnered with distributor Sunset Equipment in order to provide its product range to the Australian market, including automatic welding systems, bending machines and vacuum pipe lifting equipment.
The coal seam gas to LNG boom in Queensland has seen the largest pipe diameter ever proposed in Australia. Dhatec has provided a solution for transporting large diameter pipe.
Romea Training has embraced e-learning technologies and is applying distance learning methodologies for pipeline traineeships across Australia.
Specialising in tubular and long pipe products, Australian-owned import trading company Capital Steel is providing pipe products for many Australian and Papua New Guinean projects.
GEM Industrial’s new butt fusion technology proved to be a timely investment when the company was contracted by South Gippsland Water to perform works on a desalination plant pipeline.
Mitchell Water’s Swiftpipe vibratory ploughing technology has the right credentials for high production polyethylene pipe installation in coal seam gas applications and delivers significant environmental benefits.Sarah Paul
Papua New Guinea has been in the limelight with recent LNG developments. However, the country’s rugged terrain provides a challenge for companies proposing to develop projects in the area. Here The Australian Pipeliner takes a look at projects currently proposed, and provides a snapshot of previous pipeline projects constructed in Papua New Guinea.Sarah Paul
A number of slurry pipeline projects are in planning and under construction in Australia and Papua New Guinea. The Australian Pipeliner takes a look at the exciting activity surrounding slurry pipeline development.James Watt, Technical Manager – Renewable Energy, AMEC Power & Process Europe
Transportation of CO2 in a carbon capture and storage (CCS) scheme is critically important but has not been well addressed. While increasing attention is being paid to storage and capture technology, transportation issues still lag behind. In particular, storage assessments, and research and demonstration projects drive capture technology development.By Steve Davies, APIA Policy Adviser
The Australian Pipeline Industry Association is developing a campaign to engage with planning authorities and to raise awareness of gas transmission infrastructure and issues. The Association has begun to reach out to state planning departments, and the early responses have been positive.
McConnell Dowell completed the Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline Stage 5B Looping Project in April 2010 after an approximate 12 month construction period. The success of this project was due to the relationships created between Dampier Bunbury Pipeline, WestNet Energy and McConnell Dowell.
Construction has commenced on Epic Energy’s Stage 3 expansion of the South West Queensland Pipeline, which connects Queensland’s coal seam gas (CSG) fields to markets around Australia. The project – dubbed QSN 3 – poses many logistical challenges due to its length, the material required, and its remote location.
Carrying more than 20,000 t of pipe from Malaysia to Australia is no small feat, especially when poor weather demands the revision of plans at short notice. Western Australian project shipping company Westlink Logistics spoke to The Australian Pipeliner about how a flexible approach and thorough planning contributed to a successful delivery of pipe for the South West Queensland Pipeline Expansion Project.
The South West Queensland Pipeline Expansion, dubbed QSN 3, will involve the construction of 940 km of looping along the mainline of the existing South West Queensland Pipeline and the QSN Link. The route traverses remote sections of Queensland and South Australia, and Australian Portable Camps is providing a home away from home for workers along the right-of-way.
Enerflex has installed a pressure reducing metering station in southwest Victoria to allow the Iona Gas Plant to feed gas into the recently installed Mortlake Pipeline from a number of different supply lines.
From Young to Wagga Wagga and Wollert to Euroa, keeping regional Australia connected to natural gas supplies is serious business for APA Group as it undertakes expansion projects across its Victorian and New South Wales pipeline systems.
Bredero Shaw Australia has completed its coating contract for APA Group’s looping of the existing Young to Wagga Pipeline – on schedule and under a challenging timeframe.
The Caltex Lateral may only be 6 km long, but its construction presents unique challenges for pipeline owner APA Group. The Australian Pipeliner finds out why constructing a pipeline along one of Brisbane’s busiest roads presents big challenges for engineering and construction teams.