The 440 km Roma to Brisbane natural gas pipeline is Australia’s oldest gas pipeline, and heralded the dawn of an industry – not only in Queensland, but across the nation. Bruce McCaul was a Field Manager in Roma for Associated Group AAR during the construction of the pipeline and recounts his memories to The Australian Pipeliner.

President's Message

This is my sign-off message as President of APGA and I will hand over the reins to the new APGA President at the Convention on the Gold Coast.

Chief Executive's Report

Welcome to the October/Convention edition of the pipeline industry’s magazine. If you’re reading this and you’re not at the Convention, we’re very sorry that you will be missing it this...

McConnell Dowell appoints new CEO

McConnell Dowell has announced Scott Cummins as its new CEO, following an announcement earlier in the year that existing CEO, David Robinson, would retire in October 2015.

OSD announces Managing Director succession

OSD founder, Managing Director and major shareholder Brian O’Sullivan has moved to the position of Executive Chairman after 23 years in the role.

Murphy Pipe and Civil supports NAIDOC Week

Two Queensland students have moved a step closer to achieving their dreams of pursuing medical careers, thanks to an indigenous education bursary set up by APGA member Murphy Pipe and...


How do we love them Let us count the ways

Pipeliners unite for Sydney dinner

The Australian Pipelines and Gas Association Sydney Dinner, held on 9 July at the Sydney Harbour Marriot, provided an excellent opportunity for guests to catch up with old friends, network...

Talking pipelines in the top end

Pipeline development was a hot topic in the top end recently, where pipeliners from around the country gathered to hear the latest on the proposed North East Gas Interconnector pipeline...

Technical seminar manages corrosion

The joint APGA and the Australian Corrosion Association technical seminar was held on 26 July and discussed the challenges and solutions for preventing corrosion in Australia's pipelines.

Brisbane hosts pipeliner masterclass

Brisbane turned it on for a gathering of pipeliners on Thursday 6 August, hosting both the APGA/PIPA CSG Seminar and Exhibition and the APGA Brisbane Dinner.

Fighting fire with fire in Adelaide

The August APGA Adelaide dinner drew a great crowd, with attendees keen to hear from guest speaker David Van about how the pipeline industry can address conservationists’ campaigns against fossil...

Young pipeliners take a stand

It’s coming up to ten years since the formation of the Young Pipeliners Forum, so be sure to show your continued support to the young people in the industry by...

Victorian YPF benefits from experience

Attendees of the Victorian Young Pipeliners Forum annual Speaker Night, hosted on 22 July, were treated to advice and insights from experienced industry figures.

SA YPF teams up with Energy Pipelines CRC

On Thursday 30 July, the South Australian Young Pipeliners Forum convened at the Coopers Alehouse in Adelaide for a technical presentation by the Energy Pipelines Cooperative Research Centre.

Queensland YPF strikes it lucky

The annual Queensland Young Pipeliners Forum Strike Bowling event was, once again, a great success.

The Energy Pipelines CRC: building for the future

The APGA Convention is a great opportunity for its members to come together and celebrate what makes us a strong, close knit group committed...

Public safety of high pressure natural gas pipelines in Australia: is all as well as it should be?

High pressure natural gas transmission pipelines are a vital part of Australia’s infrastructure, however, it appears that some...

What’s next for the NEGI?

The Northern Territory Government is working to facilitate the development of a gas pipeline connection from the Northern Territory that will help meet energy demands on the eastern seaboard and...

Longford replacement starts rolling

One of the oldest pipelines in Victoria is nearing the end of its operational life, and plans are well advanced for the construction of a replacement pipeline to ensure supply...

Young leaders let gas do the talking

The 2015 Australian Gas Industry Trust Gas Speak Colloquium, held from 7-9 September in the nation’s capital, provided...

NATA–accredited laboratory delivers calibration services to Surat Basin

For the first time, the Surat Basin’s CSG, mining, power generation and specialised service industries have immediate access to a locally-based NATA-accredited calibration laboratory.

A pipeliner in Paris

One of the key roles of the Australian Gas Industry Trust is to support up-and-coming gas industry professionals. This year, one of AGIT’s scholarship...

APGA addresses the inquiries

The APGA has written a couple of times in The Australian Pipeliner about the number of reviews and inquiries being held to investigate gas markets. This year has...

Pipeline Engineer registration: what’s in it?

One of the questions I’m asked most frequently is “Why should I apply for registration as an oil and gas pipeline engineer?”

2015 APGA Convention to light up the Gold Coast.

The 2015 Australian Pipelines and Gas Association’s Convention and Exhibition, the first since its name change, is set to bring maximum capacity entertainment to the Gold Coast from the 17-20...

Running in the industry: Susan Jaques

A familiar face at APGA events, Susan Jaques has been involved in the Australian pipeline industry for almost 20 years. However, her interest in activities running smoothly extends beyond pipelines,...

A view from abroad: Brian Leis

Successful pipeline operation requires both years of experience, as well as an understanding of advanced design modern systems and materials. The Australian Pipeliner speaks to international pipeline expert and researcher...

Worker on the line: Les Bennett

Environmental rehabilitation is a key component of every pipeline project. Sustaining and managing a healthy environment is something close to Mitchell Water Environmental Officer Les Bennett’s heart, whose ancestors have...

In conversation with Ivi Cicak

Hailing from Geelong in Victoria, Ivi Cicak graduated with first-class honours in Mechanical Engineering from Deakin University. He spoke to The Australian Pipeliner about how he became an aficionado in...

What I know about pipelines

Bob Gration, NDT Specialist, 61 years in the pipeline industry.

Pipeliner pops up at the Convention

The Great Southern Press team behind The Australian Pipeliner will once again be attending the 2015 APGA Convention and Exhibition, and with a new-look magazine to show-off make sure you...

Vermeer opens new facility in Melbourne

Vermeer Australia has opened its new purpose built facility on a 10,800 sq m site in the Melbourne suburb of Derrimut.

Avoiding depressurisation during offshore maintenance

Replacing valves and preparing for tie-ins may be viewed as necessary ‘evils’ of pipeline maintenance and management, but there is good news for pipeline managers.

ROSEN: empowered by technology

As a leading service provider for inspections globally, ROSEN is at the front of the pack with technology innovation.

Prime Drilling: delivering HDD from Germany to the world

Operating worldwide, Prime Drilling specialises in horizontal directional drilling technology, and has over 30 years of experience manufacturing high-quality horizontal directional drilling rigs.

Qenos: made by gas, for gas

A fact not too many in the gas industry are aware of is that the raw material used for polyethylene production at Qenos is natural gas.

PNP rolls out its next-gen solution

Peter Norman Personnel combines intimate knowledge of the pipeline industry, its people and culture to provide recruitment, payroll and psychological services to the industry.

With pipeline plastics, experience comes first

For more than 40 years Iplex has been supplying plastics products to the Australian pipeline industry.

Testing the way forward

Providing high quality products in the area of non-destructive testing for over 20 years, Russell Fraser Sales has had a long involvement with Australia’s pipeline industry.

Developing the fields

The past year has seen Lean Field Developments consolidate its steel pipeline expertise, as well as increase its activity in the CSG sector, with numerous projects across the country benefitting...

MPC heads to the States

Murphy Pipe and Civil has continued its industry-wide expansion following the successful acquisition of an American pipeline construction and cable installation company.

Crest confirms coatings ability

Crest Coatings (Australia) Pty Ltd is the freshest face in Australia’s pipeline coating industry, providing product solutions across an expansive array of infrastructure.

More [w]raps for Denso

A long standing member of the APGA Denso will showcase new products as well as old favourites at the 2015 APGA Convention and Exhibition.

Endowed with experience

McConnell Dowell is a creative construction company, focused on building better communities through safe, smart and efficient infrastructure.

The ART of innovation

Acoustic Resonance Technology, developed by Norway-based organisation Halfwave, is an innovative new method for in-line inspection.

Five tips for centralising pipe

Centralising a pipe correctly can save time and money, as well as prolong the life and overall success of a pipeline installation.

Mipela launches x-info aware

Mipela GeoSolutions, known for connecting people with information, introduces the latest addition to the x-info suite of products – the ‘x-info aware’.

Lifting expectations: IPS delivers on vacuum pipe lifters

International Pipeline Services, along with its international machinery partner Schoenbeck from Germany, are offering the latest in pipe-lifting technology.

Sentanil’s AS 2885 study updated

With the significant increase in onshore and offshore pipeline systems in recent years, traversing remote regions, as well as transporting gas in a cost-effective, safe and responsible manner to consumers,...

Infield Impacting on pipeline inspection

Providing pipeline inspection services and land liaison personnel, Infield Impact has been making a name for itself in the Australian pipeline industry over the last 12 months.

Pipeline Specialty Supply Services goes on the move

Pipeline Specialty Supply Services has changed its name to Piping Specialty Supply Services Pty Ltd – a minor change you might think, but one that better reflects the company’s broadening...

Major industry contracts cement Canusa’s reputation

A raft of recent pipeline industry work for Canusa-CPS has further cemented its reputation as a leading supplier of speciality pipeline coatings for the Australian industry.

AJSS grows with the market

With a focus on providing value through flexibility, responsiveness and professional delivery, over the past two years the AJ-Stack Solutions team, led by Principal Director Arthur Stack, has significantly grown...

Clearflow offers the advantage of experience

One of Australia’s most prominent pipeline maintenance companies, Clearflow has been servicing the Australian pipeline industry over 20 years, and with companies located nationally and internationally, this experience adds up...

Fine tuning bucket wheel trenching

Bucket wheel trenchers are notoriously difficult to guide using a global navigation satellite system. However, by using such systems with a bit of lateral thinking, C.R. Kennedy now has a...

Redesigned rigs ready to roll out

A new player has entered Australia’s well servicing sector, and is armed with redesigned rigs, time-saving technology and system innovations that promise to deliver increased efficiencies.

Compaction problem solved

Trench compaction is a problem faced by pipeline contractors every day, and there currently isn’t a perfect solution to the issue.

Momentum taking you forward

Momentum Engineering is an independent, Australian-owned and operated company that is quality assured and provides engineering consulting and project management services to the energy and resource sector.

ZNX builds unique confined space training facility

In what is one of the first of its kind in Victoria, ZNX Network Services Victoria has invested in a confined space simulation training environment, designed to increase the safe...

Cathodic protection gets a dust-up

Specifically developed for cathodic protection applications using an exclusive multi-step process, the Loresco type SC-3 is a dust-free product and, according to EPA extraction tests, is extremely pure and complies...

Crossway JIP: an engineering guideline for crossings

Pipeline shoreline and waterway crossings have always been challenging sections in pipeline routes. The primary objective is to ensure that the pipeline at the crossing will maintain its integrity during...

Sunny days for Queensland pipelines

With a number of major Queensland projects set for first LNG exports before the end of the year, The Australian Pipeliner provides an overview of ongoing and recently commissioned pipeline...

A stranded asset no more

The McConnell Dowell team has been busy working on a project that will open up increased gas supplies for the Sunshine State, enabling previously stranded gas to be captured and...

APA introduces the Wallumbilla evolution

A lot of change has happened in Australia’s east coast gas market over the past four years, and many of those changes have centred on Wallumbilla, the small rural town...

CSG construction continues seamlessly

A 225-strong team of Murphy Pipe and Civil pipeliners and cable installation specialists is again present in the Surat Basin, this time to construct a 46 km steel pipeline to...

Queensland pipeline personality: Kevin Kealy

Founder and owner of one of the biggest up-and-coming companies in construction transportation, Australian Truck Hire Company, Kevin Kealy has been involved in Australia’s tight-knit pipeline industry for over a...

A pipeline rises in the East

Construction by APA Group of the 293 km Eastern Goldfields Pipeline to the Sunrise Dam and Tropicana Gold Mines in Western Australia remains on schedule, with delivery of first gas...

Engineering pipeline innovation in the West

As part of the Chevron-operated Gorgon Project in Western Australia, the Jansz-Io subsea pipeline development tested the limits of design and construction. The pipeline, which accesses the remote offshore Jansz-Io...

An old pipeline becomes new

Changes to the east coast gas grid and proposed new pipeline infrastructure in the Northern Territory has meant that one of Australia’s oldest pipeline systems, the Moomba Adelaide Pipeline System,...

Securing east coast gas

Growing gas demand in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory over the coming years has had several industry groups, government bodies and consulting firms predicting a gas shortfall...

New pipelines set for Victoria’s western coastline

Origin Energy has flagged the potential construction of two new pipeline sections in western Victoria, which will form part of the new Halladale and Speculant Natural Gas Development Project.

Pipeline abandonment: what you need to know

Australia’s transition away from refineries to a reliance on imported crude oil and petroleum will lead to decommissioning associated infrastructure, including pipelines.

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