The Australian Pipeliner
Welcome to APIA’s Annual Convention edition of The Australian Pipeliner for 2012. How timely it is for the Convention to be in Brisbane; there is a lot currently happening within our industry in the ‘Sunshine State’.
The enthusiasm for the APIA Annual Convention and Exhibition never wanes; in fact it continues to grow. Our main event is a reflection of our industry: vibrant, energetic, innovative, forward-looking and, importantly, collegiate.
Opportunities and challenges in the LNG industry were the major focus of the APIA Sydney Dinner, held on 5 July 2012.
On Thursday 14 June, Melbourne-based pipeliners heard from the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Energy Market Operator Matt Zema, who presented on ‘The role of gas in a low carbon future’.
The buzzing APIA Brisbane dinners are a fixture of the APIA annual event calendar, and this year’s July dinner proved no different.
The APIA Adelaide dinner was held on 23 August at the Adelaide Hilton and attracted over 100 guests from many of the major companies in the sector.
The Western Australian Chapter Seminar and annual Dinner Dance was both insightful and entertaining, with a number of presentations from pipeline industry professionals and a spectacular performance from local band The White Lines.
Northern Territory pipeliners gathered at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on 12 July to hear from then, Opposition Leader Terry Mills, who is now NT Chief Minister.by Deepank Gupta, with Richard Henderson and William Hanrahan
The International Gas Union’s annual World Gas Conference, recently held in June 2012 over four days in Kuala Lumpur, was attended by three lucky and very grateful young pipeliners through a scholarship fund to promote young industry members’ engagement in the broader pipelines and petroleum industry. Here, the attendees share their experiences with The Australian Pipeliner.
In this quarterly issue, the Energy Pipelines Co-operative Research Centre Chief Executive Officer Valerie Linton speaks about the centre’s latest research findings, which were presented at a seminar in June, and outlines exciting research projects currently being undertaken by the research centre.
In her seven-year tenure the Australian pipeline industry’s top leader, Cheryl Cartwright has witnessed unprecedented change in the industry, including several challenging policies set to have a major influence on its day-to-day operations. In this interview, Ms Cartwright speaks with The Australian Pipeliner about her time as the Chief Executive of the APIA, the challenges currently faced by the industry, and the many lively characters in the pipeline industry.
As a world-recognised pipeline integrity specialist, Professor Phil Hopkins says that three of the most potentially haunting aspects of the industry is the issue of an ageing population of pipeline engineers, the lack of technical research and the industry’s current reliance on software as opposed to pure engineering. In an entertaining interview, Professor Hopkins spoke with Associate Editor Sally Commins on his thoughts on the state of today’s pipeline industry.
In the wake of the completion of a PhD specialising in the weldability of armour steel and an admission to the Energy Pipelines Co-operative Research Centre, Slovakian-born Lenka Kuzmikova is undoubtedly one of the bright young stars of the Australian pipeline industry. She recently spoke with The Australian Pipeliner about her experiences in the industry so far.
After spending the previous six years in the plumbing and gas fitting industry, Lewis Heperi has recently become a polywelder for GD Pipelines.
Dr J. Malcolm Gray, a distinguished metallurgist specialising in pipeline steels who has a long involvement with the APIA and is active in the association’s various research committees, has been awarded the most prestigious prize in the world for the metallurgy of steel – the Hadfield Medal.
On 1 July 2012, the carbon pricing mechanism came into effect. The Australian Pipeliner provides an overview of key dates and compliance requirements for liable pipeline companies, as well as an update on important changes that have been made to the policy since its implementation.by Barbara Jinks, gas industry advisor
Every three years, a World Gas Conference is held to share findings from the previous research triennium and bring world leaders, executives and specialists together. The 25th World Gas Conference was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 5–9 June 2012 with a theme of Gas: Sustaining Future Global Growth.
Energy Process Services, the authorised Australasian distributor of FlexPipe Linepipe, has announced the arrival of the first major inventories of the patented high pressure composite coiled pipeline system in Australia. Customers in Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia will benefit from faster delivery of the unique product from Flexpipe Systems, a subsidiary of global energy services company Shawcor.
As long-time members of the industry will attest, everyday Australian pipeline industry vernacular is full of colourful references and anecdotes related to the pioneering men – the ‘legends’ – of the industry. Such is the strength of these inspiring and entertaining stories that Great Southern Press, publisher of The Australian Pipeliner, has released a book to document these legends’ biographies.
The APIA Convention and Exhibition is undoubtedly one of the most important events in the national energy and infrastructure calendar, and is scheduled to take place from 13–16 October 2012 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
At the fresh age of 23, Stuart began his career by working in the pipeline industry with McConnell Dowell in New Zealand in 1963. Stuart had previously trained as a civil engineer with a consulting firm and gained the qualification of a ‘MICE’ – a chartered engineer.
In a keynote address at this year’s APIA Convention, Australian National University Professor of Sociology and Energy Pipelines Co-operative Research Centre member Professor Andrew Hopkins will be presenting on his published paper Management walk-arounds: lessons from the Gulf of Mexico oil well blowout, which will deliver an in-depth analysis of the Deepwater Horizon rig incident and how it may have been prevented.
Anode Engineering has been granted a Quality Management System Certificate from Certification Australia, recognising its implementation of a system conforming to AS/NZS ISO 9001: 2008.
Leading national fleet services company Sargent has completed its biggest acquisition to date with the purchase of Dysart Engineering.
Petro Coating Systems is a company founded by entrepreneurs, grounded in innovation and driven by excellence. The company provides leading corrosion solutions to ensure asset integrity across the pipeline, marine, civil, refining and surface-protection industries.
Murphy Pipe and Civil has joined a group of Australian companies that are focused on fostering a safer construction industry.
You’ll often hear the crew whistling the iconic Australian tune as they arrive for the 6:00am pre-start at GD Pipelines’ various project sites around Queensland.
The new Pipecheck system by Creaform has set a new standard of quality and ease-of-use when it comes to pipeline inspection and non–destructive testing.
UEA Trenchless was contracted by Trility for the final horizontal directional drilling component of the new desalination plant being constructed for the townships of Agnes Waters and 1770 in Queensland. The scope required the installation of a 610 m section of 630 mm PE100 PN16 pipe for a raw sea water intake.
Brisbane-based pipeline and coal seam gas specialist Unidel has recently joined international engineering and project management company AMEC, and will form the foothold of the company’s Environment and Infrastructure division in Australia.
A stubbornly high Australian dollar and increased international competition has led to the demise of manufacturing high-strength steel line pipe and pipeline coatings in Australia. This has resulted in a paradigm shift to fulfil the requirements of Australian pipeline projects.
Over the last few decades, more projects have been using the horizontal directional drilling method to install pipelines and utilities. There are a number of performance benefits from utilising state-of-the-art equipment for trenchless drilling by minimising environmental disturbance and the construction footprint in all types of ground formations, from river crossings to inaccessible and sensitive ecological environments. It also provides significant savings to bottom line construction costs.
Held on 14 June in Malaga, Spain, PipeLine Machinery International and Caterpillar Inc. hosted the Pipeline Industry Day at the Caterpillar Malaga Demonstration and Learning Centre. The event was held to introduce the new PL series pipelayers – the PL87, PL83 and PL61. A showcase was also made of PLM’s pipeline solutions, such as the Cranesmart Load Monitoring Indicator and the DECKHAND® pipe handling system.
Driven primarily by energy demands from regional neighbours like China and India, Australia’s current oil and gas projects have a combined construction value of $424 billion, with an expected additional $50–80 billion of positive final investment decisions in the next year.
Australia’s first fully expandable ‘plug and play’ GPS tracking device, the Geotab GO6, has been launched by Securatrak.
Pipelines sharing, paralleling or crossing high-voltage AC transmission line right-of-ways may be subjected to electrical interference from capacitive, electromagnetic inductive and conductive effects. Electromagnetic induction is the primary effect of the high-voltage AC transmission line on the buried pipeline during normal (steady-state) operation.
Vacuworx Australia explains how its business approach has solidified its position as the vacuum lifter of choice for all types of heavy-duty lifting.
A new butt-welding machine solves the problem of welding large pipe.
The Great Southern Press team, publisher of The Australian Pipeliner, will be back at the 2012 APIA Convention and Exhibition and is looking forward to catching up with APIA members and new visitors.
Driven by demand from growing regional economies and a changing energy mix increasingly favouring natural gas, Australian LNG capacity is expected to jump from the 2011 level of approximately 20 MMt/a to over 80 MMt/a by 2020, as projected by the Bureau of Regional Energy Economics. This amounts to Australia being fourth in the world in LNG production behind Qatar, Indonesia, and Malaysia.
Australian pipeline engineering service provider OSD has refreshed its identity to reflect the changing nature of the oil, gas and mining industries on a global scale.
In recent years, several high-profile pipeline failure incidents have grabbed media attention in both Australasia and around the globe. Some of these events occurred in pipelines that are either difficult to inspect or unpiggable with conventional intelligent pigging technologies. The expectation of regulators and the general public is that these events can and should be avoided. Operational goals are generally focused on ensuring processes are in place to address health, safety and environment incidents, and to ensure economic performance targets are met.
Fiberweb Geosynthetics provides a unique range of extruded mesh and tape products to protect, identify, locate and warn of proximity during construction projects.
Addressing the acute shortage of project management skills has emerged as a key issue for the engineering industry. This has led the Federal Government to provide funding to firms that offer education courses, such as Engineering Education Australia.by Dan Morgan, EMC Contractors (CEnvP, BSc Hons, BA/BSc. Dip Sus, Dip PM)
As coal seam gas, oil, and water pipeline companies and projects aim to achieve increased environmental standards and performance, Certified Environmental Practitioners within these industry sectors are making a great effort to achieve this industry intent.
A landmark court case on compensation liability has helped highlight the importance of involving experienced valuers in the land access process, says a leading land access and valuation industry expert.
Air Powered Services has been supporting businesses across Australia for over 20 years.
When you’re thinking of a civil contracting company, it rarely conjures up images of sea turtles. This is one of the defining differences of McCosker Contracting.
Hydratight has launched a smaller, user-friendly version of its highly-regarded BoltScope ll bolt load monitoring device for joint integrity, safety and precision across diverse industries.
With a limited amount of time to complete works, Enerflex was able to successfully replace two valves on the Eastern Gas Pipeline in Mila, New South Wales – with half a day to spare.
Since its launch in 2011, Schoenbeck’s ELiTE 5TD/CD2 has continued to extend its versatility to accommodate a number of different applications. Now, after undergoing numerous field tests, the vacuum pipe lifter is in higher demand than ever – particularly with polyethylene gas and polyethylene water transportation pipes.
Enerpac has a new addition to its range of non-impact professional bolting technologies – the low- profile W22000 steel hydraulic torque wrench.
As a global company, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics understands the unique logistics requirement of the pipeline industry. The company’s expertise can be assured through its operations and involvement in over 50 technical services and vehicle processing centres and 11 ocean terminals globally, and is responsible for handling over 10 million units per annum.
Defective pipeline coatings and shorts to other structures can render cathodic protection ineffective. The vLocDM Pipeline Defect Mapper by Vivax Metrotech has been specifically designed to survey pipelines and these problems.
CLMI, a Zinfra Group Company, has delivered an Australian first utilising European technology to construct the reticulation network for a co-generation facility in Victoria.
Mipela GeoSolutions has launched a web-based business tool that connects people with information from anywhere, at any time, on any device.
Sentanil Systems has upgraded the non-geographic component of its Data Capture product from the Palm Operating System to Windows Mobile.
Self-paced learning via the Internet has been around for some time now. For many industry sectors, it has met with mixed success. The advantages are obvious – low cost, less worker downtime and flexible learning pace. What are its disadvantages and how can these be overcome?
Finnish company Exact Tools, developer of an innovative method to cut pipe, has launched a brand new range of steel and plastic pipe-cutting systems and cutting accessories.
If you get it right in tough times and remember the lessons, when good times return you have a lean, efficient company poised for growth. In the past two years, Capital Steel (Int) has weathered both unsustainably high steel prices and an almost total collapse in demand, but is now reaping the benefits of its new streamlined approach.
It is long overdue that specialised high-speed cold-cutting machines enter the pipeline industry for leasing, according to Geoff Barker from Lonestar Automated Welding. Commonly used in conjunction with automated welding systems, companies can adjust their bevel to suit newly introduced welding processes required for faster welding speeds. Its overall advantage is its ability to provide a machined bevel in 40 seconds.
Since a humble beginning in 2007, All States Truck and Commerical Rentals has established itself as one of the leading project specific dry hire truck rental providers throughout Australia. With a growing need to service its clients, the company now has branches in Toowoomba (main depot), Melbourne, Mackay, Emerald and Perth, as well as a recently appointed sub agent in Newman, Western Australia (Pilbara fleet maintenance).by Steve Davies, Policy Adviser, APIA
Last year the Australian Energy Market Commission published a paper outlining its strategic priorities for energy market development, and it intends to update this document annually.by Michael Law (ANSTO), G Heaven (CloudGeoTech), John Piper (John Piper & Associates), Phillip Venton (Venton & Associates)
Hydrostatic pressure testing is conducted on a pipeline to ensure that it has the required strength and is free from leaks. In 2000, the APIA Research and Standards Committee sponsored research to assess the strain-to-failure of factory-coated, modern high-strength pipe. In full-scale burst tests some pipe exhibited approximately 2 per cent strain-to-failure. This was of great concern, because the industry typically expected 6–7 per cent strain to failure, based on experience with older pipe coated with materials applied at low temperature.by Odette Fleming
Queensland is known to have one of the richest sources of natural gas in Australia, particularly within the Bowen and Surat basins. Moves to extract these vast reserves and thereby lead Queensland into a secure energy future, as well as facilitate Australia’s booming LNG export industry, have seen a huge increase in large-scale pipeline projects in the region. The Australian Pipeliner looks at the companies involved in some of Australia’s most exciting and promising natural gas projects.
Queensland’s booming coal seam gas industry is currently providing the pipeline industry with an abundance of work, and, with more LNG projects approaching sanction, this activity shows no sign of abating any time soon. In this exclusive feature, construction contractor McConnell Dowell provides an update of its operations on all three of the LNG projects dominating Queensland’s burgeoning petroleum industry: the Queensland Curtis LNG Project, the Australia Pacific LNG Project, and the Gladstone LNG Project.
Holding the supply contract for one of Australia’s largest-ever pipelines has been no small feat for those involved in its development; however, line pipe manufacturer Baosteel has embraced the challenging conditions to deliver the line pipe to feed the massive Queensland Curtis LNG development in Gladstone, Queensland.
In January 2011, Prime Minister Julia Gillard declared a state emergency in Queensland due to the devastation caused by months of flooding and Cyclone Yasi. The Roma to Brisbane Pipeline didn’t escape the wrath of this natural disaster. Among other issues, flash flooding caused a loss of containment at the Toowoomba escarpment. APA Group explains how it used its national expertise and talent to take part in this formidable pipeline repair effort.
Construction of Queensland’s Diamantina Power Station is now in full swing and is expected to be commissioned in 2014. The Australian Pipeliner spoke to one of the project’s proponents, APA Group, about how the project was conceived and what has been involved in the construction process.
The Gascoyne Irrigation Pipeline, located in Carnarvon in Western Australia, was commissioned in April 2012. The pipeline transports groundwater from borefields to growers across the 1,200 hectare horticultural district, which produces more than $70 million worth of fruit and vegetables for Australia every year. Contract Superintendent Michael Keane of Greenfield Technical Services in Geraldton talked to The Australian Pipeliner about the planning and construction processes involved in this project.
In February 2012, a gas leak was discovered by a group of passing local Indigenous residents on a remote section of the Amadeus Gas Pipeline in the Northern Territory. APA Group explains how its operations team executed a successful response effort.
Despite chilly conditions courtesy of a long Melbourne winter, the Victorian Young Pipeliners Forum Golf Day was a resounding success, with numerous attendees and healthy competition.
The Western Australian Young Pipeliners Forum continues to dominate in its variety of inspiring events. The group’s Chair Ian Spence outlines some of the highlights of the group’s three most recent events below, including a field trip, APIA Board speed mentoring and a hotly competed annual Quiz Night.
The Pipeline Pigging & Integrity Management (PPIM) Conference and Exhibition will be held in Houston, Texas from 11–14 February 2013, the FutureGAS 2013 Conference and Exhibition will be held from 12–14 March 2013 in Brisbane, and the Unpiggable Pipelines Solutions Forum will be held from 15–16 May 2013 in Houston, Texas.
McConnell Dowell Constructors Deputy General Manager – Pipelines Chakib Nayfe has been intimately involved in the development of the company’s contracts on the three sanctioned LNG projects. Mr Nayfe speaks with The Australian Pipeliner on his background prior to joining McConnell Dowell, and his vision for the future of the Australian pipeline industry.by Brian Lawn and Sharad Nayak, Pipeline Asset Integrity Engineers
According to reports from in-line inspections, a significant challenge that pipeline maintenance companies face is getting their bearings on pipe lengths, many of which are located deep underground and look more or less identical to one another.