WA YPF events bonanza

Attendees of the WA YPF field trip.

Attendees of the WA YPF field trip.

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.

Field trip 2012

The 2012 WA field trip attracted 23 YPFers who headed south to Henderson and Kwinana, taking in three very different facilities in the quest to increase their industry knowledge. FMC Technologies presented a fantastic visual graphic display to start the day, which went into detail about the components that comprise a subsea gas – gathering network – including how they are installed, assembled, operated and renewed. This was followed by a tour of its testing facility and yard.

The group then travelled to the Kleenheat LPG and LNG facility at Kwinana, where staff presented to the group and gave a tour of the facility. Finally, the group travelled to Curtin University, where Professor David Pack from Clean Gas Technology Australia presented a slideshow on sulphur deposition within gas pipelines, before his colleague presented about the formation of hydrates to assist in carbon capture and storage.

The variety of the day and the quality of the presenters were enjoyed by all, as were the cool beers at the Curtin University Tavern, which formed the final stop of the day.
A big thank you to the sponsors of the field trip, Enerflex and Enscope.

Speed mentoring with the Board

The scene was set in Hilton Hotel on 28 June for Board members of APIA to impart their years of industry experience to some bright young minds from the WA YPF. This was the first-ever speed mentoring event held with the Board, and also happened to be the first speed mentoring experience ever for several Board members.

KD.1’s Jodi Gratton chaired the event and got the evening underway by going over exactly who a mentor is and some of the advantages of finding one. After a few opening questions for the board members to discuss, it was time for the speed mentoring session to commence.

Once everyone was in position, the clock started and the conversations flowed in five-minute intervals until every YPF mentee had the opportunity to talk to each Board member. The session concluded with some final thoughts from the Board members and the YPF in what was an extremely worthwhile event where everyone took something away with them.

Sponsors for the evening WDS and AJ Lucas assisted greatly in making the evening a success.

WA Quiz Night

Almost 90 people attended the WA Chapter and YPF annual Quiz Night on 14 August at the East Perth Bowls Club, all with one common goal: to take home the new perpetual trophy and the bragging rights that go along with it.

Perspiration was visible as drinks were drained and heads were scratched, and each team tried to think up a suitable name before the quiz got underway.

Alex Aitken had the teams enthralled as Quizmaster for the evening, firing eight rounds of testing questions into the crowd. After the final scores had been tallied, there was a tie for first place, but as there could only be one winner – Enerflex’s ‘In the Wong Park’ team came through a deciding game of rock, paper, scissors to etch its name into the Quiz Night history books.

Well done to the winning team and thank-you to the major sponsors Nacap and Murphy Pipe and Civil as well as round sponsors for the evening Denso, Bredero Shaw, Rosen, KD.1, KT Pipelines, OSD, Enerflex, Coffey Environments and DBP.

For more information on the YPF, or to be involved, contact APIA on (02) 6273 0577.

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