Every three years the Australian Pipelines and Gas Association Board takes time out to review the strategy for our Association.

Chief Executive’s Report

Many industry associations struggle with governance. The Australian Pipelines and Gas Association (APGA) does not.

MCJV secures IPA Contractor Excellence Award

The joint venture between McConnell Dowell and Consolidated Contracting Company has won the Contractor Excellence Award at the 2015 National Infrastructure Awards held in Sydney.

Petro Coating to sell IP and trade marks

Petro Coating Systems has entered into an agreement to sell its intellectual property and trade marks to Winn & Coales International subsidiary, Denso (Australia) Pty Ltd, effective 1 April 2015.

Pipeliner re-elected as ESG co-chair

The Energy Sector Group (ESG), an industry information sharing forum that aims to enhance the resilience of the energy sector from all hazards, has re-elected APA Group’s Edwin de Prinse...

Corrosion Control Engineering announces new BDM

Corrosion Control Engineering (CCE) has announced Jason Paterson as the company’s new Group Business Development Manager.

APPEA appoints new Chief Executive

The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) Board has appointed Malcolm Roberts as Chief Executive. Mr Roberts resigned as the chairman of the Queensland Competition Authority to join APPEA in June.

Do you love pipelines? Do you want to show this love to the world? Show us your sticker!

The Australian Pipeliner loves pipelines so much that we want you to send in pictures of your ‘I ♥ Pipelines’ sticker, with the best ones to be published in the magazine!

Pipeliners look to the Pilbara

On Thursday 16 April, around 200 members of the Western Australia Chapter of the Australian Pipelines and Gas Association attended a dinner held at the Parmelia Hilton in Perth.

Pipeliners cannot afford to be complacent: Ferguson

Former Federal Minister for Resources and Energy Martin Ferguson has thrown his support behind the growing gas and pipeline industry, presenting at the Brisbane Australian Pipelines and Gas Association Dinner...

Pipeline operators group-up in Brisbane

The 2015 Australian Pipelines and Gas Association’s Pipeline Operators Group seminar, held on 23 April, saw a strong attendance at the Brisbane Hilton.

Smooth sailing at Melbourne APGA dinner

The Australian Pipelines and Gas Association’s Melbourne Dinner, held on 4 June, again proved to be a popular event, with attendees given to opportunity to network and catch up with...

Energy Pipelines CRC research seminar brings research to industry

The Energy Pipelines CRC held its 11th Research Seminar for the Australian Pipelines and Gas Association’s Research and Standards Committee members on 10 June at the University of Wollongong’s Innovation...

Highlights of the AGIT visit to Hong Kong for GASEX 2014

In Australia, if you happen to mention the invisible threat that is air pollution, you can be met with...

Browsing the Barossa

Kicking off the year in style, the annual South Australian YPF Barossa wine tour was held on 28 February hosting 12 young engineers and their partners.

QLD YPF on the hunt

The hunt for ‘Rs’ brought together 30 Queensland YPFers for a geotagging adventure – ‘X Marks the Spot’ – across the Brisbane CBD.

Industry collaboration crucial for a broader Australian pipeline industry

The Federal Government recently released a review of the overall CRC Program which made a number of recommendations. The Energy Pipelines CRC comfortably models the future direction of the CRC Program – it is up to industry to help maintain this.

The changing face of the Australian pipeline industry: Episode 3

Pipeline industry stalwart Max Kimber has a detailed understanding of the industry, its changes and its challenges; in this article for The Australian Pipeliner he, again, shares this valuable knowledge.

Corridors to the future: the role of the Pipeline Corridors Committee

The establishment and maintenance of pipeline corridors in Australia is a critical aspect to the safety and security of the country’s extensive transmission pipeline network.

Rowing in remembrance: a pipeliner at the Gallipoli centenary

Returning from a trip to Gallipoli, where he rowed in the Gallipoli 100 surfboat event through the Dardanelles, long-time pipeline industry member Ron Trembath talks to The Australian...

Innovations in gathering system development and big data

The emergence of large gathering systems in the last four to five years has created a non-linear cost...

Capacity trading continues to encourage gas market reform

The recent history of gas market debate and discussion, particularly for the East Coast, is probably familiar to most in our industry.

APGA opposes more regulation

The Australian Pipelines and Gas Association recently made a submission to the Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee on a bill introduced into the Senate by the Greens in March.

Pipeliner training on track

A training framework created for pipeline engineers is beginning to demonstrate just how comprehensive it will be as it nears completion.

What you need to know: GasFields review of Queensland LNG pipeline construction

The enormous task of concurrently constructing three major gas export pipelines leading from Queensland’s Surat basin to Curtis Island, Gladstone, required an unprecedented scale of land access negotiations with Queensland landowners.

Lessons from a European pipeliner: Phil Hopkins

Upon his retirement from the industry, renowned international pipeliner and previous Penspen Technical Director Professor Phil Hopkins spoke to The Australian Pipeliner about managing ageing pipelines, the necessity of good...

From the infantry to the industry

From patrolling through enemy territory in Afghanistan to surveying for LandPartners on the Santos GLNG Pipeline, Steven Rolfe’s pathway into the pipeline industry was...

Is there light at the end of the tunnel?

The New South Wales state election, held in March 2015, saw the Liberal Party, under Michael Baird, maintain the confidence of Australia’s most populous state. However, questions remain for the gas and pipeline industry, with the state’s unconventional gas industry still under moratorium.

Worker on the line: Chris Mathieson

With work progressing at a solid rate on Melbourne Water’s Water for a Growing West Project, The Australian Pipeliner spoke to John Holland Site Engineer Chris Mathieson about his experience on the Water for a Growing West Project and his transition from civil to pipeline engineering.

Rising from Down Under: what Australia can learn from successes and failures

In 2011, larger oil and gas companies like ExxonMobil, Marathon Oil, Talisman Energy, and Chevron started pouring into Poland. The United States Energy Information Administration...

Closure technology provides increased safety measures and easier operations

Closure technology has long been an afterthought in the manufacture of both pig traps (launcher/receiver) and filtration equipment.

SHAWCOR solutions for trenchless technology

Traditional anti-corrosion coatings such as Yellow Jacket (two-layer high density polyethylene), tri-laminate 3LPE/3LPP, and dual-layer fusion-bonded epoxy have served the Australian pipeline industry for more than 30 years. However, no...

Nine years of SUPERIOR equipment: introducing the SPX-260

Offering the sale and rental of earthmoving and pipeline equipment, Worldwide Machinery has been involved in many pipeline projects around the world, including in Australia, Russia, Europe and the jungles...

One-stop-shop for your vehicle and transport needs

Since 2012, Australian Truck Hire Company has grown to be a leading supplier in the pipeline, construction and mining industries.

An explosive anniversary

It is seven years since the Varanus Island gas explosion off the coast of Western Australia, where, on 3 June 2008, a corroded pipeline ruptured and exploded on the Island’s...

Unmanned aerial systems streamline quality assurance and documentation processes

Unmanned aerial systems save a significant amount of time when it comes to quality assurance and documentation work in the field

PPH: more than just the machine

Pipeline Plant Hire may have a large fleet of new or near new excavators, padding machines, wheel loaders, graders, dozers, articulated dump trucks, articulated water carts and other equipment needed...

Preventing the spread of corrosion

Denso Australia is an industry leader in corrosion prevention and sealing technology and has been manufacturing and supplying corrosion prevention solutions to the Australian market since 1961.

Prioritising polyethylene

Qenos is Australia’s only manufacturer of polyethylene for pipe applications, employing more than 600 staff in the development, manufacture and distribution of polyethylene at facilities in Melbourne and Sydney.

Tremco continues to deliver

Family-owned and operated, Tremco Pipeline Equipment has been serving the Australian pipeline industry for 22 years.

Made in Germany: ELiTE vacuum pipe lifters

Schoenbeck is a corporate member of the Australian Pipeline and Gas Association and has participated in several conferences, the first taking place back in 2007.

Tapped-in to pipeliners

With foundations in the pipeline industry and over 20 years of well-established, repeat business and referrals, Peter Norman Personnel combines intimate knowledge of the industry, its people and culture.

New players prove themselves in HDPE

Utility Fusion is fresh in the high density polyethylene industry, but with a wealth of industry knowledge and experience, the company is a sure bet in ensuring projects run smoothly.

Victaulic teams up with PIHA to improve pipeline construction

Victaulic, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of mechanical pipe-joining systems, has joined forces with Australia’s largest multi-disciplinary pipeline construction company, PIHA.

DMI upgrades facilities to enhance manufacturing expertise

Expansions at DMI International’s manufacturing facility and corporate headquarters in Tulsa, Oklahoma have been completed in order to expedite the production and shipping of pipeline products to its clientele around...

Increasing the value of your asset

A local council in Sydney is enjoying the benefits of a dedicated asset management program for its stormwater and pipe drainage network, utilising the benefits that trenchless rehabilitation and closed-circuit...

Dust-suppression product halves costs in gas industry

Australian ‘instant’ infrastructure company Global Road Technology has again proved its capabilities following the release of an independent investigation into its dust suppression product used in the CSG and resource...

Come fly with us: surveying with Definium LWS

With huge benefits in having an aerial drone fly across construction sites, Definium LWS Australia is now surveying from above.

Anchorage expands pipe accessory range

One of Australia’s leading pipe supports and piping accessories manufacturers, Anchorage Group, has expanded its range of custom-sized light gauge pipe saddles and piping clips.

CARLTSOE: the safest tools in the game

Widely used in many industries since 1956, CARLTSOE Safety Tools® is the byproduct of Danish design, craftsmanship and skilful engineering.

Valmec: a look below the surface

It has been six months since Valmec Limited completed the formal acquisition of the Exterran Australia business, and with the integration process is nearly complete, the company is looking at...

SA benefits from Zinfra’s experience

Since Zinfra’s foray into the South Australian market in August 2014, its local presence has grown from a handful of employees at a small depot in Cavan to almost 30...

AS 2885 risk process: history and some thoughts

It is now 18 years since AS 2885.1–1997 was published with its ground-breaking sections SAFETY, developed to provide a methodology for the pipeline industry to...

Shale revolution, pipelines and future prospects for Australia

Charlotte Batson is an internationally-recognised expert on shale oil and gas from work as a petroleum engineer in oil and gas exploration and development. Considering Australia’s huge shale potential, Ms Batson spoke with The Australian Pipeliner about the latest developments from the United States, how knowledge can be transferred to Australia and what an Australian shale revolution means for the pipeline industry.

Securing Thailand’s gas supply through innovation

Since June 2014, McConnell Dowell has been working on a project that will meet increasing gas demand in Thailand. A year later, the project is on track for August completion...

Reducing the load with trenchless technology

While much of a pipeline can be constructed using open trench excavation, followed by backfill and restoration, trenchless technology is often required to get the pipeline under obstacles like rivers,...

Ram dunk in the Pilbara

With the aid of specialist machinery, Pipeline Drillers has completed a difficult pipe ramming project at a Western Australian iron ore mine.

Working to protect Australia’s underground pipelines

Dial Before You Dig is the national referral service for information on underground pipes and cables, and works together with organisations involved in the ownership, maintenance and construction of pipelines to protect Australia’s underground infrastructure.

Victorian pipeline development and the natural gas industry

The Australian Pipeliner tracks recent project applications and details the progress of current pipeline projects in Victoria, as well as reviewing current state policy surrounding CSG development.

Watering the West

Melbourne Water’s Water for a Growing West Project, a large diameter watermain, is continuing to progress towards planned completion in late 2015.

Re-engineering the glass ceiling

Historically, women have generally not played a large role in constructing Australia’s pipelines. Fast forward to the present, and it is an entirely different scenario.

Victoria’s VNIE Project: a first-class capacity upgrade operation

Continuing to meet consumer demand for natural gas and maintaining security of supply along the east coast of Australia has seen APA Group’s Victorian Northern Interconnect Expansion project become a...

Dingo Gas Pipeline Project paves the way for NT gas frontier

Central Petroleum’s Dingo Gas Pipeline project, located in the remote Northern Territory, has been a remarkably successful project for the Australian pipeline industry in 2015. Managing Director Richard Cottee explains...

Long distance slurry pipelines in Australasia: an historical perspective

Long distance transportation of solids by slurry pipeline is an evolving technology which commenced in 1957 with the 172 km Ohio coal pipeline in the United States of America.

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