The Australian Pipeliner May 2021

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ISSUE 186 | MAY 2021


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fter what seemed like a very long year in 2020, things are starting to get back to normal, so it was very pleasant to be able to attend one of the big events of the year in the pipeline and gas industry, the Australian Domestic Gas Outlook (ADGO) Conference 2021. As was usual before the pandemic, there were a number of speakers on a range of topics of high interest to the industry. One particular focus this year was on decarbonisation and renewable gases which was good to see at an event featuring such a cross-section of the industry. One of the main areas of interest to the pipeline industry is the outlook for the short to medium term for gas supply and, for a change, there was some positive news. Developments in Queensland, and the Northern Territory are looking promising, and New South Wales is also progressing. As well, plans for establishing several LNG import terminals on the east coast are progressing, and these should help to ensure that gas supply will meet gas demand for the forecast period. One good thing to come out of the discussions was that investment by the industry is keeping up with demand, ensuring the gas supply remains on track, and it was very nice not to have the usual gloomy forecast on supply. Another area of high interest at the conference was the role of governments in the domestic gas market. This is a contentious area, of course, so it was great to hear a range of contesting views. The federal government’s National Gas Infrastructure Plan is expected before the federal Budget and may have been issued by the time you are reading this. The industry is looking to the government to use the opportunity to ensure that policy settings encourage investment, rather than hinder it. Intervention in energy markets by government can increase uncertainty and, if there is one thing that is sure, it is that uncertainty is the enemy of investment. Investors value stability and predictability, and we hope that these are the key attributes of the National Gas Infrastructure Plan. Being able to attend the ADGO in person was a treat, but just a couple of weeks later, Brisbane was in lockdown and I would not have been able to attend had it been scheduled for that time. These rapid changes are hard to get used to but seem likely to be with us for some time to come. As usual, we have to be flexible and adapt to the changes. Lockdowns can affect travel arrangements, but uncertainty appears to be having a sizeable impact as well, with people reluctant to get on a plane if they can’t be sure they won’t have to go into quarantine when they


land. We are noticing an impact on our events due to the uncertainty, and we are adapting as best we can while trying hard to keep the networking events going, even if just for local attendees for a while. One event I would urge you all to register for is the 2021 APGA Annual Convention and Exhibition. It’s being held in Brisbane from 2528 September and we are very excited to be back with an in-person event. We have opened registration early and qualified as an event covered by the Federal Government’s Business Events Grant Program which offers grants to businesses to cover a number of costs including registration, travel, sponsorship, and costs associated with exhibiting. The minimum spend is $10,000 and grants will cover up to 50 per cent of costs up to $500,000. We believe that many businesses attending the convention could meet the criteria for the grant. By the time you read this, nominations for the 2021 APGA Annual Awards may have opened. They are due to open on Tuesday 27 April and will close on Friday 2 July. The awards recognise important contributions by individuals and companies in our industry, so please consider nominating a colleague or employee. Finally, there have been some significant changes in the staff at the APGA secretariat. Dean Bennett arrived in Australia from Canada earlier this year after beginning work remotely late last year as the APGA Engagement Manager. Charmaine Ogilvie has gone on maternity leave, and we wish her and her husband, Clint, all the best as they welcome their first child. Belinda Haddon will take over as Events and Administration Officer while Charmaine is on leave. You can find out more about Belinda on page 18. Finally, former National Policy Manager Andrew Robertson left at the end of February to try his hand at new opportunities. We thank him for all his work over recent years and wish him the best for the future. The National Policy Manager role has been taken over by Jordan McCollum, who many of you will already know from his various positions in the industry and from his time as chair of the Queensland Young Pipeliners Forum. If you haven’t already met him, do it now on page 16.

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he ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are consuming much of everyone’s attention. This isn’t surprising, there’s a lot of impact. While we here in Australia and New Zealand are well-sheltered from the serious and traumatic effects of COVID-19, we are all experiencing disruption, what feels like random lockdowns, cancelled events and muted travel. The issues with the vaccine rollout dominate a lot of media coverage at the moment. Most of us have family overseas and, while video technology can help us feel less distant, it’s hard knowing we can’t simply get on a plane and visit them. All of this disruption and attention can make us forget how much other change is going on in our society right now. In the past couple of months, we have seen long overdue attention to the treatment of women in Australian workplaces. While many of the incidents which provoked the discussion were sexual violence or harassment, cultural change has been highlighted as one necessary ingredient to make workplaces safer and more equal for women. The resources and energy sectors tend to be male-dominated and I think there has been a lot of good attention to, and action on, addressing diversity and inclusion in recent years in our sectors. Change does take time, but we should all be trying to make our contribution to creating more welcoming, open and friendly workplaces. At APGA we have made some small steps in the right direction over the past couple of years with the introduction of the Women’s Leadership Development Program and, last year, launching the inaugural Diversity and Inclusions Award as part of our annual awards. The participants in the Women’s Leadership Development Program are really engaged and continue to look for ways to get involved, and we are now establishing a Women in Pipelines Forum and I encourage everyone to get involved. If you’d like more information, please contact the secretariat and we can get you involved. With so much going on in energy it is hard to know where to begin. Major energy and resource companies, including major APGA members, are making net-zero commitments.


Many timeframes are 2050, some are even more ambitious than this. It’s a very important recognition of the expectations of much of society and what is achievable. The huge interest in future fuels from all across the economy is a great sign of the future of the gas industry. I’d like to acknowledge the foresight of those involved in getting the Future Fuels CRC up and running. The timing could not have been better and now we are extremely well positioned to advance the decarbonisation of gas at this critical point in time. Equally important to net-zero commitments and pathways is reducing emissions today. APGA has started an Emissions Working Group to address this issue and we had our first meeting in March. We have also highlighted the role gas-powered generation will play in driving a reduction in emissions from the electricity sector. In late February, APGA issued a study we commissioned from Frontier Economics, Potential for Gas-Powered Generation to support renewables, which highlighted the critical role gas power generation will play in supporting a renewable electricity system. Frontier’s work showed that an electricity system in 2035 that is 93 per cent renewables and 7 per cent gas will be $7.5 billion a year cheaper to run and be more secure than a 100 per cent renewable system. The report was well received by policy and energy stakeholder but, as you can expect, less so by renewable advocates. So, it was really pleasing to see in mid-April the Grattan Institute release a report entitled Go for netzero which reached a very similar conclusion, finding “Gas generation with negativeemissions offsets will be the lowest-cost ‘bridging’ technology in the 2040s”. Both reports can be found through Google and I encourage you all to have a look at the recommendations. It is important we are all equipped to effectively talk about gas and its role. A final change I’d like to talk about is that this issue of The Australian Pipeliner is our first with new partners Prime Creative Media. We are very happy to be working with Prime Creative and look forward to the new ideas and approaches they’ll bring to the magazine. I’d like to thank Annie Ferguson and all the The Australian Pipeliner | May 2021

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people who’ve worked at Great Southern Press over the years for all the hard work and effort they have put into the magazine and the sector. It has been a very long partnership and one that has been a great pleasure to be part of. We are very pleased that Dave, Nick and some of the team are moving over to Prime Creative so we can get the best of both approaches. Change is not often something we seek but will inevitably come our way anyway. It is important we think of change as an opportunity to do new, exciting things and, when I look to the future, that is certainly what I see for our sector. All the best,




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NDT Global completes Halfwave integration NDT Global has completed the integration of Halfwave into the NDT Global inspection services business. In February 2020, Halfwave was acquired by NDT Global’s parent company. Now, the official integration will bring many opportunities to the two organisations in terms of services and technological advancements “that will be able to help pipeline operators operate their pipelines safely and efficiently”, says NDT Global Senior VicePresident Andy Bain. “We truly believe this integration marks the start of a new chapter of what has already been a great story for NDT Global and Halfwave,” he says. “We are excited about adding ART to our portfolio as it

perfectly complements NDT Global’s Ultrasonic Technology (UT) solutions. “NDT Global is now a single supplier of gas and liquid pipeline inspections and integrity management services.” Halfwave is the owner of the proprietary Acoustic Resonance Technology (ART), an ultrasound-based technique that allows high-precision measurements in imperfect conditions and without the need for liquid couplant. The ART technique allows NDT Global to enter the in-service gas pipeline segment and present an alternative to MFL and EMAT testing.

APA makes executive appointment Jane Thomas has been appointed Group Executive for People, Safety and Culture at APA Group. Ms Thomas joins APA from Westpac where she held a senior leadership role, and has experience in the energy, mining, banking and finance sectors. APA Managing Director and CEO Rob Wheals says he is “thrilled” with the appointment. “Jane’s appointment will further strengthen the capability of our

leadership team as we seek to deliver our refreshed strategy,” he says.“ "Jane’s appointment to our executive leadership team will also further strengthen our focus on our culture and business transformation, which are key enablers in our efforts to deliver on our refreshed strategy.”

AusGroup wins 10-year Chevron contract The maintenance master contract is the longest of its kind in Australia’s oil and gas market. Under the terms of the deal, Chevron Australia can order full-service asset maintenance from AusGroup subsidiary AGC Industries across its onshore and offshore oil and gas production facilities in Australia’s northwest. Services provided are expected to include management, planning, painting insulation and fireproofing, scaffolding including engineering services, rope access, workshop management, procurement and maintenance, and more. AusGroup CEO and Managing Director Shane Kimpton called the

contract a “substantial achievement” for the company. “Furthermore, this contract represents a significant strategic milestone for our business, firmly positioning us as a leader and Tier 1 contractor in end-to-end asset maintenance program delivery for oil and gas assets,” he says. “We have heavily invested in our business and our people, ensuring we have the technical know-how and expertise, multidisciplinary maintenance proficiency and capacity to deliver on oil and natural gas asset maintenance scope of this scale.” The company said it expects to recruit approximately 300-500 new planning and execution staff over the lifetime of the contract.

Alltype wins $10m in contracts WestStar subsidiary Alltype Engineering’s new contracts include work for Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG). Alltype has been contracted by AGIG for the upgrade of its Solomon metering station located approximately 280 km southeast of Karratha in Western Australia. The works will increase the station’s capacity from 26 TJ/day to 64 TJ/ day, with new filtration, metering and pressure control equipment to be installed to supply gas through a second metered connection to a new power station at Fortescue Metals Group’s iron ore mine. Alltype’s scope of works includes fabrication, assembly and installation of new process piping and a control skid, fabrication and installation of off-skid pipe and supports, installation of a new water bath heater, and electrical and instrumentation works.


The company has also been contracted to complete other works across the oil and gas, energy, mining and water infrastructure industries, with its recent spate of contracts worth approximately $10 million in total. “Alltype Engineering continues to build a reputation and market awareness around our capability to safely and reliably deliver multidiscipline projects involving both workshop fabrication and site construction scopes,” says Alltype Managing Director Kelvin Andrijich. “Our expansion plans are back on track with an increasing number of opportunities for site construction works being tendered in the eastern states, with turnkey project bids having been submitted or prepared for works in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.”

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Santos makes Barossa FID Santos has made a final investment decision (FID) on the $4.7 billion Barossa joint venture (JV). Located offshore the Northern Territory, Barossa will comprise a floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel, subsea production wells, supporting subsea infrastructure and a gas export pipeline tied into the existing Bayu-Undan to Darwin LNG pipeline. Santos operates the Darwin LNG plant and the Barossa FID also commences the $788 million investment into that facility’s life extension and pipeline tie-in projects, which the company estimates will extend the life of the facility by approximately 20 years. Darwin LNG has the capacity to produce around 3.7 million t of LNG/ annum. Santos Managing Director and CEO Kevin Gallagher says the Barossa and Darwin works would create a large number of industry jobs. “As the economy re-emerges from the COVID-19 lockdowns, these

job-creating and sustaining projects are critical for Australia, also unlocking new business opportunities and export income for the nation,” he says. “The Barossa and Darwin life extension projects are good for the economy and good for local jobs and business opportunities in the NT. “Barossa and Darwin LNG life extension will create 600 jobs throughout the construction phase and secure 350 jobs for the next 20 years of production at the Darwin LNG facility. “I am delighted to welcome our Barossa JV partner SK E&S as a partner in Bayu-Undan and Darwin LNG and appreciate their support for today’s Barossa development decision.” Santos and JERA continue to progress the binding sale and purchase agreement for JERA to acquire a 12.5 per cent interest in Barossa.

Collaboration to tackle $50bn worth of decommissioning The Centre of Decommissioning Australia (CODA) is a new group formed to address more than $50 billion of potential upcoming oil and gas decommissioning work. Led by National Energy Resources Australia (NERA), CODA includes both major oil and gas producers and service providers, including Woodside, Santos and Baker Hughes. A report by Worley consulting business Advisian recently concluded there is more than $50 billion of necessary decommissioning work on Australia’s oil and gas infrastructure, more than half of which needs to begin before 2030.

CODA says its recently announced series of foundation projects will accelerate cross-industry understanding of the decommissioning challenge, including a global review of decommissioning planning . Federal Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia Keith Pitt welcomed the establishment of the group. “We all want to ensure we have a sound regulatory framework and that the offshore oil and gas industry can manage current and future decommissioning challenges,” he says.

CST Hire acquires THA Vehicle and equipment hire specialist CST Hire has acquired Truck Hire Australia (THA). Effective 1 March 2021, the acquisition sees the merger of two Queensland-headquartered vehicle and equipment hire companies servicing the construction sector. CST Hire Managing Director John Wilton, also Managing Director of sister company Piping Specialty Supply Service, took to social media to announce the deal. “The merger of two dynamic, client focused businesses into one will bring benefits to all; our clients, our staff and

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Gas and energy policy By Jordan McCollum, National Policy Manager, APGA

Developing policy for a renewable gas future tomorrow is founded on sound gas policy today.


as energy policy in Australia resembles two parallel conversations that few realise are linked. The focus on the gas market challenges of today may seem worlds apart from the potential of a renewable gas future tomorrow. The reality is that these challenges are one and the same. A vibrant renewable gas industry tomorrow can grow only from a healthy natural gas market today. Importantly, practical outcomes in both policy arenas are best found when involving the incumbent gas infrastructure industry. Australia and the world are at a critical stage in laying the regulatory foundations for the development of vibrant renewable gas industries. Decarbonisation of natural gas demand through renewable gas represents a significantly more costeffective solution than full electrification, but depending on regulatory approaches some, or all, options may be blocked. Not all regulation, and not all decarbonisation strategies, are set up in ways that enable the opportunity that renewable gas represents. As identified in a recent Future Fuels CRC report, a number of key regulatory barriers exist which need to be addressed to enable renewable gas in the Australian gas market. The ‘Natural Gas’ definition in the National Gas Law, including statements of ‘naturally occurring’ and ‘hydrocarbon’, is of key interest. Just across the ditch, the New Zealand Climate Change Commission (NZ CCC) recently released its draft advice on the New Zealand push towards net zero emissions by 2050. With no mention of renewable gas, this advice proposed the collapse of the New Zealand gas market, with new connections to households and buildings to cease by 2025. Flagged by our New Zealand member FirstGas Group, APGA took the opportunity to advise the NZ CCC of the decarbonisation potential of renewable gases as framed in Gas Vision 2050. As well, FirstGas Group is also moving ahead by taking part in renewable gas trials and with other proactive steps, while the Future Fuels CRC is engaged in a range of research projects that will be

"Government intervention in the gas industry continues strongly into the 2020s. From the continuing reviews from the ACCC and its inquiries, to the Federal Government’s yet to be detailed Gas Fired Recovery Plan, and state-led initiatives such as the Victorian Gas Roadmap, there is plenty to go right or wrong in domestic gas policy." applicable to the NZ market. The NZ CCC draft advice was a sound reminder that the future of renewable gas is not yet certain, and we may yet be unable to reap the decarbonisation benefits. In Australia, where the conversation on the future of renewable gas is more progressed, we still need to understand more clearly that the current debate on gas market policy must increase its focus on ensuring the development of a robust market as that underpins the transition to renewable gases over the coming decades. Government intervention in the gas industry continues strongly into the 2020s. From the continuing reviews from the ACCC and its inquiries, to the Federal Government’s yet to be detailed Gas Fired Recovery Plan, and State-led initiatives such as the Victorian Gas Roadmap, there is plenty to go right or wrong in domestic gas policy. The Strengthening Pipeline Regulation Regulatory Impact Statement as advocated by the ACCC seeks to push more control of pipeline commercial activities into the hands of the Australian Energy Regulator – an ACCC subsidiary. Contrary to the ACCC’s suggestion, the free market behaviour of pipeline companies continues through active competition for new and competing routes. Much of this behaviour is expected to come to light through the interim National Gas Infrastructure Plan (NGIP), a centrepiece of the Gas Fired Recovery plan. Identifying key projects to avoid predicted shortfalls and highlight potential barriers, a suggestion of direct action in

future biannual NGIP releases further muddies the gas infrastructure investment waters. The mixed messages at the national level appear to have prompted the States to continue to go it alone. Victoria is developing its own Victorian Gas Roadmap, showing potential for focus on gas power generation to enable increased amounts of variable renewable electricity, alongside indications of greater interest in renewable gas. With so much going on around near-term gas policy, correlations are forming between the number of gas policy measures under way and a reduction in gas industry investment over the past decade. Failure to narrow and effectively address the ever-widening spotlight on gas industry regulation risks gas market effectiveness today and risks the ability of the burgeoning renewable gas industry to realise its full decarbonisation potential. Australia’s loosely bound free market economics, gas markets which trade in energy rather than volume, and composition regulations allowing for supply flexibility all enable gas supply optionality today. These features are exactly what will enable small and innovative renewable gas start-ups to engage the gas industry in future. Being overly specific through narrow regulation of gas source and composition definitions, supply and demand connection processes, allowable rates of return for gas assets, or other non- free market regulation expanding beyond enabling safe, effective and transparent operations ultimately risk foreclosing on the decarbonisation options of tomorrow, as well as impacting the critical role of gas within the Australian energy market today.

To find out more about new APGA National Policy Manager Jordan McCollum, his experience within the industry and his goals for his new role, turn to page 16. For more information on policy matters visit


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Outlining the changes to rules around engineer registration By Karen Polglaze, Communications Manager, APGA

Schemes requiring engineers to register in order to practice will be introduced in Victoria and New South Wales from 1 July, but a new agreement among all Australian jurisdictions should make this less complicated than it seems.


espite frequent suggestions from various States and Territories, until this year Queensland had been the only jurisdiction in Australia to require engineers to register to practice. Victoria had been considering it for some time and passed legislation to introduce a registration scheme in 2019, while NSW passed similar legislation in 2020 following the evacuation of the Mascot and Opal apartment buildings due to significant cracks appearing. With the item never going far from the legislative agenda in Western Australia and the ACT, there were fears it could become an administrative nightmare and financial burden for pipeline engineers who commonly work across borders and might have to be registered in several different schemes just to go to work. The first break came in NSW where, despite expanding the legislation to cover all engineers while it was being debated on the floor of the legislature, the regulations so far issued make it clear that the scheme will be limited to engineering work carried out for the purposes of designing or constructing a Class 2 building or a building that contains a Class 2 part. A Class 2 building is a multi-unit residential building over more than one level. This means engineering work outside of those defined limits is not caught by the Act, so pipeline engineers should not have to register in NSW unless further categories are added by regulation. This does not appear to be in consideration in the short to medium term, but the Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020 does provide for a wider scheme, so pipeline engineers should keep their ears open for developments. Victoria will begin requiring registration of engineers by category from 1 July, but the requirement to be registered will be progressively applied to the different categories. This should mean most pipeline engineers have time to prepare as the only engineers who will be required to be registered from 1 July are those who practise in the building industry. The timeline for the other categories is:


Area of engineering

Date you must be registered by

Fire safety engineer

1 December 2021

Civil engineer

1 October 2022

Structural engineer

1 October 2022

Electrical engineer

1 June 2023

Mechanical engineer

1 December 2023

The guidance provided on the categories suggests engineers in those disciplines working on pipelines will have to be registered in Victoria by the relevant dates. Engineers not registered by the required date will not be able to practise. Registration will have to be renewed annually. The Victorian scheme will operate in a similar way to that in Queensland where assessment schemes, such as those run by relevant professional engineering bodies, will be approved for assessing qualifications and experience, and then the engineer provides that assessment to the licensing body along with an application form and pays a fee to become registered in Victoria. Unfortunately, the list of approved assessing bodies is not yet available. And, as in Queensland, the Victorian scheme has extraterritorial effect, so engineers working in other jurisdictions may also have to register in Victoria if their engineering services are intended for Victoria But just when you were beginning to think that managing a variety of registration schemes would be impossible, the National Cabinet has stepped in. In late December 2020, the National Cabinet agreed to enact legislation in each jurisdiction to give effect to the Intergovernmental Agreement on Mutual Recognition 1992. The new agreement provides for uniform automatic recognition of occupational registration and should also come into force on 1 July. This should mean that an engineer registered in one jurisdiction should be able to practice in The Australian Pipeliner | May 2021

another either via automatic deeming or via a uniform notification process, without having to pay additional fees or go through an additional administrative process. Details of the notification process are unclear as yet, but the intention is clearly that licensed or registered professionals and tradespeople should have the right to work in any jurisdiction provided they are registered in one. While jurisdictions can choose that certain professions or trades are exempt from mutual recognition, this is somewhat limited and, in most cases, would be contrary to the long-held intention of the 1992 and 2020 agreements. The federal legislation to introduce the required amendments to the Mutual Recognition Act 1992 passed the House on 25 March 2021 and is also progressing in other jurisdictions. Pipeline engineers should be aware of a number of potential anomalies: • Registration is not universally required in Australia, so an engineer not registered anywhere would not be able to use the changes introduced by these measures to practice in a jurisdiction that requires registration. • Registration in NSW will be limited to a certain sector of the building industry, so presumably only that limited area of practice would be automatically deemed applicable in other jurisdictions requiring registration of engineers. • The federal legislation introduces the concept of a home State, and it remains unclear whether an engineer registered in Queensland who lived in South Australia would be able to be automatically deemed to be registered in Victoria. • Professional indemnity insurance requirements are different across jurisdictions and it is not clear how this will be dealt with. • While the legislation should pass the federal parliament in time for the 1 July start date, other jurisdictions may have to pass more complex laws which may take time. APGA will do its best to keep up with developments, so feel free to ask me any questions via

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Understanding the social license that powers our industry By David Norman, CEO, Future Fuels Cooperative Research Centre

April’s fast unravelling of the new European Soccer Super League reminded me of just how reliant any industry is on the social acceptance of their users and communities.


he business of highly paid sport may be a world away from our industry, but our businesses are also built on the widespread, unwritten trust of our customers and the communities in which we work. But that trust and acceptance that has been built over decades can also be lost over night. This makes researching, understanding and operationalising social license vital to our industry’s future. Working to understand our industry’s social license to operate is a key part of Future Fuels CRC’s second research program. We are preparing the industry for future fuels and new ways of operating in a changing world. Our wide portfolio of research in this area includes:

Learning the lessons from major infrastructure upgrades Documenting lessons learnt from earlier major upgrades to national infrastructure and identified effective engagement strategies that can be used in the potential conversion of gas networks to operate with future fuels including hydrogen and biomethane.

A social license and acceptance of future fuels Developing an understanding of various stakeholder attitudes towards future fuels and monitoring changes in attitudes.

Public communication and hydrogen as a fuel in Australia As communication is key to linking people and technologies, as well as stakeholders to each other, research is required to understand how people engage and communicate on the topic of future fuels across public events.

Mapping vulnerability to future fuels This project seeks to understand how to address the issue of energy vulnerability and disadvantage within the context of residential energy services.

Deliberative engagement processes on the role of future fuels By holding deliberative engagement processes,


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our researchers can investigate the role of future fuels in the future low-carbon energy mix in Australia. By hosting deliberative panels this project aims to outline challenges, opportunities and priority actions that will help Australia to deliver the full potential of a low-carbon energy future.

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the concept of social license to operate. Secondly, it outlines and develops the skills required to proactively manage it as it applies to future fuels. I do hope you got the chance to listen to one of our lead researchers, Professor Peta Ashworth OAM of the University of Queensland in May’s APGA webinar discussing the opportunities that understanding social license can bring to our industry.

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A matter of policy Experienced gas industry professional Jordan McCollum has taken on the role of APGA National Policy Manager. A familiar face to many due to his presence at association events and strong involvement in the Young Pipeliners Forum, Jordan is passionate about the industry and has a clear understanding of its role in Australia’s energy narrative.


espite an impressive professional history that includes roles at Origin Energy, Jemena and APA Group, it might surprise some to learn that pipelines and gas wasn’t always on Jordan’s career radar. “It was 100 per cent stumble, backed by the support of good people along the way,” he says. “I was struggling my way through my first degree in physics and mathematics and starting to realise it wasn’t going to work out for me, and I stumbled across an opportunity for a threemonth temporary gig for a company that would eventually become APA Group in a control room operator role. “From that three months, I fell in love with the job, fell in love with the industry and ended up spending three years in that role instead of three months.” Originally controlling the Roma to Brisbane Pipeline (RBP), Jordan says he essentially learned the industry through working with this asset, experiencing the supply and demand and commercial challenges that came with it and soaking up the advice and guidance of industry veterans. After APA, Jordan spent a number of years with Origin and the Australia Pacific LNG (APLNG) Project, which was then a new

New APGA National Policy Manager Jordan McCollum.

development, exposing him to a whole new level of operations in terms of size. “I got to see the structure of what was a global-scale mega project, and wound up helping to solve strategic and integration

challenges along the way,” he says. “I got a real feel for the importance of the midstream pipeliner view when it comes to how supply and demand tie together, and was able to use these midstream perspectives to really enable effective value chain solutions.”

Introduction to APGA It was also at Origin that Jordan was first exposed to APGA after a manager suggested he come along to a YPF event where he could meet some like-minded industry people. Over the next few years, Jordan continued going to both the YPF and regular APGA events, before eventually becoming involved in the YPF’s Queensland committee and becoming the state’s Chair for a time. “I started to really get a feel for the value of industry associations like the APGA and the networking opportunities, not just with young people but with the whole industry, and it was really valuable to be able to connect with the industry in that broader way,” he says. These connections alongside studying a Masters in Sustainable Energy at the University of Queensland eventually led him to a role at Jemena, before a short stint with the CSIRO helping support the organisation’s energy business unit. Focused on hydrocarbon and


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adjacent technologies, Jordan says the experience allowed him to work alongside Australia’s top scientists to enable research opportunities relating to a wide range of emerging renewable gas technologies. Now assuming the role of APGA National Policy Manager, Jordan has clear goals in mind and a strong understanding of what he wants to contribute to the industry. “Now that I’ve been afforded this opportunity to get involved in policy for APGA, I’m really passionate about supporting the connection between the industry’s present and the industry’s future,” he says. “The industry’s future is so strong past 2050 based on this renewable gas potential, but we need to be sure that the industry as it currently stands stays as strong, healthy and vibrant so that it’s still there over the next 20 years for the renewable gas industry to grow out of and start to replace natural gas over time. “It’s about enabling that transition to renewable gas, challenging the ‘gas-equalscarbon-equals-bad’ rhetoric that is pushing Australians to walk away from gas completely.” “It’s about securing the best option for Australians. Studies are starting to show what we in the industry already knew, that electrification is going to be a much more expensive approach to decarbonisation of the gas value chain than the development of renewable gas.” Jordan says engineers and industry

professionals around his age had questioned at times the lifespan of the industry and wondered whether they would be the last pipeliners, phased out in the same way as the coal industry. “As I’ve started to become more exposed to this burgeoning renewable gas industry, I’m starting to realise that the future for pipeliners is so much more than natural gas,” he says. “We can’t possibly be the last pipeliners. This pipeline industry has the potential to support a whole renewable energy, and renewable gas, value chain, and that’s going to be so important for ensuring that the whole of the Australian energy industry, and the whole of the global energy industry, can decarbonise in the most effective way. “There’s so much potential with renewable gases in the future.” Jordan says his two goals are to ensure the industry is treated fairly and effectively in a regulatory sense so it can be kept safe, operational and successful into the future and to promote policy which enables the adoption of renewable gas. Looking back on his career and on the values gathered on the way, Jordan says it was the people who have made the biggest impact on him and his career. “From Greg Ditchburn giving me that first shot and those early lessons alongside Dave Lunn and Steve McKenzie, to Dan Gillespie introducing me to YPF, Liam Hatchell

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convincing me to step up as YPF Chair, Mark Hamshaw, Shane Becker and Dave Johnson backing my crazy ideas within APLNG and my move into engineering leadership, and Dave Green giving me a shot in commercial, it’s been the people willing to take a chance and back me along the way that have made the biggest impact on who I am as a professional, and as a person,” he says. The move to APGA has also meant a move to Canberra. Originally from Queensland and having also lived in Melbourne, Jordan says the move has been agreeable so far and he’s keen to continue exploring the outdoors in his time away from work. “I value the fact that Canberra is a friendly place,” he says. “One of the great things I’m going to love here is the easy access to the Snowy Mountains, more for the mountains than the snow, because for about as long as I’ve been in the pipeline industry, I’ve also been a mad keen biker. “I’ve travelled hundreds of thousands of kilometres on the back of various different motorcycles, around Australia and overseas. In more recent years I’ve been getting more into sailing too, a fair bit with my father on the east coast of Australia. “My hobbies are, in some ways, the opposite of my work life − a bit of controlled chaos. Actually, come to think of it, maybe there is some similarity after all.”



APGA events get a new look After a long career as an Events Coordinator in the hospitality industry, new APGA secretariat staff member Belinda Haddon is enjoying being on the other side of events in her new position.


ith Charmaine Ogilvie currently on maternity leave, Belinda is filling in as APGA Events and Administration Officer. Most roles in events require a high degree of organisation and the ability to anticipate obstacles and issues, and Belinda has demonstrated an abundance of these traits in her first four weeks with the association. After a break from paid employment to look after her three young children, she is relishing being back in the middle of event organisation and seeing how events are shaped before they get to the venue. With a history of work in hospitality, most recently as an Event Sales Coordinator in Canberra, and before that in Brisbane and Darwin and in various hospitality positions in Sydney, Belinda is well-suited to the role at APGA. With 25 or more events a year held at various venues around the country, organisation is key, and working earlier in the process means she is more involved with shaping events rather than delivering them at the venue. “I’ve been in hospitality since 2002, so that’s all I’ve known, all I’ve done,” Belinda says. “Now it’s nice to be on the other end of the event. I’m still getting my head around everything. I used to be the one who said ‘Put the registration table here’. Now I’m the one who decides whether we should have a registration table, organises what should go on it, and then produces some of the items that are on the registration table. “It’s a nice change, it’s a change of pace. I’m still in my element.” Belinda is the APGA staff member most likely to be the first point of contact for many members, and her previous roles have equipped her well for interpreting clients’ needs and communicating those to others to ensure that the products and services delivered meet expectations. Working in an environment where there are fewer people is also a pleasant change. The APGA secretariat has six people working from the office and one working remotely - very different to the large hotels where she has previously worked. The friendly environment extends beyond the office walls too, and her interactions with

New APGA staff member Belinda Haddon.

"I used to be the one who said ‘Put the registration table here’. Now I’m the one who decides whether we should have a registration table, organises what should go on it, and then produces some of the items that are on the registration table." members, mainly by telephone and email so far, have been enjoyable. “Everyone seems really friendly, really friendly,” she says. “I can have a laugh with some of them, and everyone has been very patient with me. I love a chat.” Like many of the staff in the APGA secretariat, Belinda had no experience of the pipeline industry prior to coming on board, but she’s trying to learn fast. She’s been working on

understanding the terminology and is getting to know more about the industry. Bright and personable, she is not afraid to ask questions and is fitting in to the new role very comfortably. But organising events is not Belinda’s only talent. She’s quite prepared to get her hands dirty to ensure the right outcomes are achieved, so it’s no surprise that Belinda’s favourite saying is “Sometimes you have to kick off the heels and put on the flats”.

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A new energy dawn in NSW New South Wales’ modern energy narrative continues to contain many of the same complexities currently encountered by the industry across the rest of Australia. Regulatory challenges, LNG import terminals, decarbonisation and the development of new energy technologies remain hot topics in the country’s most populous state.


arrabri takes a step forward

In November 2020, Federal Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley approved Santos’ $3.6 billion Narrabri Gas Project under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. The move followed the NSW Independent Planning Commission’s (IPC) approval a month earlier, subject to 134 conditions that were described as “strict”. Once fully operational, the Narrabri CSG project will be able to produce up to 200 TJ per day of gas – up to half of NSW’s current demand – with a project lifespan of at least 20 years. However, the approval process had been long, and the project has not been without its opposition, with more than 23,000 public objections received by the IPC over concerns the CSG project would negatively impact climate change, groundwater, biodiversity, agriculture, Indigenous cultural heritage and more. Upon approval, Minister Ley said she had reviewed the IPC’s assessment of the project and was “satisfied that the conditions and the staged nature of work in the area, will safeguard the biodiversity of the Pilliga Forest”. “My approval has also been informed by advice from the Commonwealth Independent Expert Scientific Committee on Coal Seam Gas and Large Coal Mining Development (IESC) to ensure the ongoing protection of precious water resources,” she said. Santos has already commenced workover activities on existing wells under its current


exploration tenures and said it is working to get various agreements in place, which are required prior to the next phase of development. Opposition to the project also continues, with a community group launching a court challenge against the IPC’s decision. If the project goes ahead, Santos is aiming to make a final investment decision on the development’s first phase in 2023.

Imported gas In March 2021, Jemena and Australian Industrial Energy (AIE) signed an agreement to connect the Eastern Gas Pipeline (EFP) with the Port Kembla Gas Terminal. Under the terms of the deal, Jemena will build and operate a 12 km pipeline connecting AIE’s LNG import terminal in NSW to the EGP, with first gas expected to flow in early 2023. Jemena Managing Director Frank Tudor said the Port Kembla terminal will help alleviate anticipated gas shortfalls in the first half of this decade. “This project is the most advanced, and best way, of helping to meet this shortfall and will bring additional gas to Victoria and NSW before this deadline at globally competitive prices,” he said. “The project, which was given ‘fast-track’ status by the NSW Government in 2020, will also see Jemena make the 797 km EGP bidirectional so it can deliver more than 390 TJ of gas per day into the Victorian market, and up to 485 TJ per day to NSW.” The Port Kembla Gas Terminal is expected to cost approximately $250 million. The Australian Pipeliner | May 2021

Hydrogen on the agenda With much of the energy industry’s focus on decarbonisation, the NSW Government has launched a $750 million program to support the development of low emissions technologies, including green hydrogen. Known as the Net Zero Industry and Innovation Program, the initiative will provide $380 million to support and re-tool existing industries with low emissions alternatives, $175 million to set up new industries such as green hydrogen and $195 million to research and develop new clean technologies. Meanwhile, Jemena continues to take steps with its Western Sydney Green Gas (WSGG) Project. The $15 million trial project will use solar and wind energy to generate green hydrogen that will then be injected and stored in Jemena’s New South Wales gas network. The company’s project team mobilised onsite with construction partner Wasco Energy in March 2021, with land having been cleared, pipelines laid and works underway to assemble key technology packages, with the project’s 500 kW electrolyser put in place later that month. Once online, excess hydrogen produced at the project will be made available to the hydrogen vehicle industry, while Jemena will also use the evaluate the storage capabilities of its gas network.

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Vacuworx renews commitment to safety Vacuworx’s heavy-duty vacuum lifting solutions are specifically designed to offer a safe and efficient way to move and place pipe. To further educate users of its equipment, the worldwide brand is now offering online training programs complete with course certification through its website.

A Vacuworx AMC 6 in use for a gas line realignment in Canberra.


afety is a major focal point for operators in the pipe manufacturing, pipeline construction and logistics services sectors. From unloading and loading pipe from barges, trains and trailers, to stringing pipe along the right of way, contractors are tasked to get the job done as quickly as possible, while making sure no damage is done to the pipe or the people handling it. Demand for alternatives to traditional cable and slinging methods of handling pipe has led to widespread adoption of vacuum lifting technology over the past two decades. Vacuworx, a global provider of heavy-duty lifting solutions for oil and gas and constructionoriented industries, introduced the first of its RC Series Vacuum Lifting Systems more than 20 years ago. The product line was specifically designed to offer a safe and more efficient way to load, unload, stage and place pipe. The RC Series is available in five different models geared toward energy and infrastructure projects, as well as material-handling operations at


manufacturing plants, port facilities and laydown yards. Powered by self-contained diesel engines, standard RC Series lifters are compatible with large-capacity carrier equipment and boast lifting capacities that range from 10 to 25 t. Every RC lifter features wireless remote operation and 360° rotation that provides for the precise placement of the pipe being lifted and eliminates the need for cribbing or spacers. Vacuworx’s specially formulated vacuum pad seal technology won’t hurt delicate materials and bonded coatings, limiting the potential for damage or need for time-consuming repairs. The units require minimal setup and are capable of handling pipe from 101 mm to an unlimited outer diameter. The Tulsa, Oklahoma-based manufacturer with sales, rental, service and manufacturing operations in Queensland has invested heavily in continuous improvement of the RC line, as well as a growing line of vacuum lifting systems for compact equipment and in-plant manufacturing applications. The Australian Pipeliner | May 2021

Online training The Vacuworx commitment to safety does not end with product development. The company recognises that implementing and enforcing safety protocols can sometimes be quite difficult, especially amid rising costs of doing business. To this end, Vacuworx has introduced an industry-leading training program to provide unparalleled access to information to help ensure that dealers and contractors are able to use and service its equipment correctly and safely. The new online Vacuworx Training Center is available to anyone who operates or services Vacuworx Vacuum Lifting Systems through the company’s website ( The selfguided program currently includes five modules, each with course certifications, focused on the RC Series lifters including Installation, Daily Operation Checklist, Operation, Maintenance and Troubleshooting. Within each module, topics are broken down into specific instructions using a mix of formats including videos, photos and text. Users are guided step-by-step on how to install Vacuworx


lifters and pads, how to operate the equipment safely and troubleshoot any problems that may arise. The interactive learning process is designed to promote retention of the material presented and, at the conclusion, users earn their certifications by answering a set of questions that addresses each of the points covered. The overall goal of this program is to provide convenient access to training at any time. It enables customers to quickly educate new hires rather than waiting to schedule in-person training from Vacuworx as well as standardise instruction for the entire team. Companies have visibility regarding which team members have taken the appropriate courses based on their job responsibilities, while the modules can serve as a valuable “continuing education” resource. Vacuworx will continue to add updates as changes are made to the machines, and the company plans to expand the course offering to include other product lines. The mobile-friendly Rapid LMS platform can be used in the field to answer questions or troubleshoot problems. In addition, the Daily

Standard RC Series lifters are compatible with large-capacity carrier equipment and boast lifting capacities that range from 10 to 25 t.

Operation Checklist module can be referenced to address any inspection concerns and eliminate equipment being shut down on the job. The online training is not intended to replace hands-on training, but instead to supplement it to make sure the physical instruction is more productive. In fact, the development of the online program relied heavily on Vacuworx certified trainers to structure the training as if it were

being taught in person. Vacuworx is also continually adding to its library of materials users can access when they have a question or problem in an effort to help minimise downtime and provide ongoing value. For example, there are printable files such as daily checklists and a list of error codes, along with short videos showing how to replace pad seal and vacuum filters.

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CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT Rogers Energy Services’ two vacuum excavation trucks.

Four years of Rogers Energy Services Although first registered in 2016, Rogers Energy Services officially began operating in 2017. With visions of entering the gas and energy sector through the provision of services like fibre optic and cable installation, the company has since become an expert in hydro excavation and more.


ogers Energy Services Director Joel Rogers knows that starting a company is fraught with difficulties, particularly with a founder under the age of 30. However, with the National Broadband Network (NBN) installations gaining steam and the need for civil crews at an all-time high, the company saw an opportunity to find consistent work. “Without a clue on how communications infrastructure went together, we took the leap,” says Mr Rogers. “Thankfully, we had two experienced guys who were well overqualified to help us with the learning curve, and so we spent the next three years lifting the game of NBN contractors, investing in new equipment and training.” Due to the company’s efficiency, attention to detail and focus on safety, Rogers became a prime contractor to Downer and the preferred contractor to complete infrastructure works for the Queensland Department of Education.

subsequently had to be cross hired. “This arrangement led to supplying a single operator then a second operator.” Eventually, Rogers took what its Director described as a “massive financial leap of faith” and purchased a brand new 8,000 L truck. The risk paid off and two months later the company was able to purchase a second truck and vacuum excavation had become a significant part of the business. Mr Rogers says it hasn’t always been easy to keep the trucks working, but the team has a hunger for success. “Our difference is attitude as for us it's

everything,” he says. “Our guys want to be there, want to be working and they are treated as the heart of everything we do. Since 2019, we haven’t stopped working for Origin Energy and to date still have vac trucks working with CPB, providing clients the same exceptional service promised from the start.” Now four years into operations, Rogers is still growing its vacuum excavation business while continuing to expand its scope. “We are aiming to bring all parts of our company together, using our Electrical Contractors Licence, vacuum excavation trucks, excavators and experience to complete projects start to finish.”

Foot on the gas In 2018, Rogers was given an opportunity to work in the gas industry by MPC Kinetic (MPCK). The company installed 34 km of fibre optic cable behind MPCK’s lowering in crew to a Santos facility, completing all splicing and testing duties along the way. “This project jump started us with Downer in central Queensland as they were working the battery limits of the MPCK scope and in 2019 we completed all fibre splicing and testing at the Santos facility in Arcadia Valley,” says Mr Rogers. “In 2019, we began to move further into the pipeline and gas industry. Armed with a 3,000 L vacuum excavation truck from our NBN works, we agreed to send a 6,000 L truck to Clough Mitchell JV (CMJV) in Miles on dry hire which


The Rogers Energy Services team onsite working on a project with MPC Kinetic.

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New player off to PERfect start Pipeline Equipment Rentals is a newly formed specialist provider of pipeline construction equipment. The company offers an extensive product range from some of the world’s most respected suppliers, backed by expert personnel who carry a strong passion for the machinery they work with.


ipeline Equipment Rentals (PER) was formed in 2020 with the intention of offering a wide range of pipeline construction equipment to any customer in need of high quality and reliable equipment, technical support, skilled operators and mechanics for any infrastructure project across Australia. Although a new entity, PER Business Development Manager Fabio Resimini says the experience level of the team far outweighs the age of the company. “We are very young as a company, but our team is filled with years of experience in the construction industry, shared all the way from our mechanics and operators to our directors and everyone in between,” he says. “All together we make up more than 100 years of combined industry experience. As individuals in the company, we are very well known – the construction companies know we are here to help.” A mechanical engineer, Mr Resimini himself has been involved in the industry for more than a decade now and carries with him a lifelong passion for “anything with an engine”. “I grew up in a workshop,” he says. “My background during my university years was racing and I was a race engineer. [Construction machinery] was a transition to a bit of a different field but still with equipment and vehicles of some sort and I just found them fascinating. “I first started in 2011 as an Equipment Coordinator for a Tier 1 construction company. Back then, I was managing a fleet of pipeline construction equipment very similar to the one we have assembled here at PER.” After eventually becoming the Plant and Equipment Fleet Superintendent and managing the company’s entire fleet both in Australia and internationally, Mr Resimini found his way to becoming the Project Engineer for a smaller pipeline construction company, whose success building pipelines allowed it to acquire an increasing amount of specialised equipment. “We got to the point where the fleet was quite large, so the directors decided it was time to expand the offer of our fleet of equipment to external parties knowing we would be offering


not just a machine but also experience, knowledge and technical skills with it, so PER was founded,” he says. “Partnership and innovation are central to everything we do. We actively work with our customers to understand their day-to-day challenges and future needs to develop effective solutions.”

Extensive range PER equipment range consists of a large variety of highly specialised pipeline equipment and the company already services many large and small customers. “We service small companies that might be doing small projects around town, who don’t have the financial power to purchase new and expensive specialist equipment, to those that lack the contract continuity to be able to afford these machines,” says Mr Resimini. “And we service the large Tier 1 contractors that have their own fleet but during peak time on a project need some extra pieces of equipment to reach the numbers that guarantee the productivity required.” Headquartered in Western Australia but servicing the entire country, PER is keeping its

Pipeline Equipment Rentals Business Development Manager Fabio Resimini.

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Vacuum Lift Vacuworx RC10 unloading DN1200 HDPE pipes in Perth for the Iron Bridge project.

fleet specialised, having no intention to move into the common earthmoving equipment market. “Without a doubt our pipelayers, trenching machines and padding machine are the best sellers, but our tracked carriers are very close too,” says Mr Resimini. “The pipelayers are very popular due to their wide range of lifting capacity: we can offer a machine suitable for any load between 1 and 40 t. They are all design registered, individually registered and annually inspected to comply with the strictest WorkSafe WA regulations. “The trenching and padding machines popularity is indeed linked with our wet hire option: these are high productivity but high maintenance machines and when customers choose us, they choose peace of mind, knowing the machine is operated and maintained by our highly skilled crew to achieve the set productivity goals. “The tracked carriers are in high demand for their versatility: with rubber or steel tracks, low ground pressure, high carrying capacity and the feature of a knuckle boom crane, their applications are effectively limitless, suitable for any industry from drilling exploration to sulphate of potash surface mining, from pipeline construction to open pit mining.” PER also has the capability to supply equipment on short notice due to the size and variety of its fleet, and Mr Resimini says machinery is always ready to go out on a project.


“It’s all equipment from the world’s most respected suppliers,” he says. “There are not many companies like us in Australia. We’ve been purchasing equipment for some time to build this fleet that can cover every

single aspect of pipeline construction. “And not just pipeline construction. We can help any sector of the construction industry achieve its goals.” Mr Resimini says with several large-scale projects

on the horizon around the country, he was looking forward to what promised to be a busy 18 months for the new company. “I have a great passion for equipment, I love what we do.”

Lower in crew preparing to lay a string of DN350 steel pipe at the Rio Tinto West Angelas mine site.

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Ask an expert - Maxibor Rodney O’Meley is the owner and CEO of Maxibor, one of Australia’s leading specialists in horizontal directional drilling (HDD). He sat down with The Australian Pipeliner to discuss his company’s capabilities and the benefits of HDD from both a construction and environmental preservation perspective.


an you describe your background in the industry and your role at Maxibor?

I have been in the trenchless industry since seeing an HDD in operation at Forresters Beach on the New South Wales Central Coast late last century. I was intrigued by what it was able to do and from then on, my passion to be involved in the trenchless industry grew.

I have honed my trenchless knowledge over the years, and there are not that many infrastructure installation challenges that faze myself and the very competent design and delivery team that has been built at Maxibor. While I pride myself on being a driller who can operate any sized rig, I know that it takes a team to successfully deliver a project which will optimise value to all stakeholders in the project.

How has Maxibor been able to emerge as a leading HDD provider in the Australian trenchless industry? Maxibor has established a leading presence in the HDD industry at a design and delivery level through a strategy focusing on business development relationships, engineering design and drilling methodology expertise, a knowledgeable and reliable supply chain, well maintained plant fleet capable of completing any length or diameter bore, quality, safe and environmentally friendly delivery of projects, financial strength, commercial understanding and seeking to achieve broader social outcomes from its wider involvement in the civil construction sector. Maxibor has been able to achieve success in each of these areas through its collaborative approach to building relationships. Increasingly, asset owners and Tier 1 and major contractors across the various infrastructure sectors are wanting Maxibor to be their main HDD provider because of the value we can cooperatively add to a project and their overall business. Our innovative design capability and derisking of projects through applying a well thought out drilling methodology specific to the project ensures even the most complex projects can be delivered safely and with quality. We regularly help Tier 1 and major contractor clients in the early stages of bids to better understand how the project can be built so the asset owner can achieve the project’s required infrastructure installation outcome. We pride ourselves on a well-maintained fleet of rigs and other equipment. A recent addition to our fleet has been a Gallagher HDD660e electric drill. Known as The Hulk, it is the only electric maxi-rig in Australia performing HDD work and is capable of drilling up to 3 km at a 1.6 m bore diameter. We see it as a game changer particularly in metropolitan areas where noise and emissions

Maxibor Owner and CEO Rodney O’Meley.


Having a strong team around me is thus a very important part of our success. Attention to detail is also important especially in a higher risk activity like HDD. The discipline of my other passion, flying, has many similarities to those required to successfully design and deliver HDD projects.

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are a significant factor. Maxibor has full ISO accreditation and we have developed a detailed HDD risk assessment tool which covers the full range of HDD related project risks and solutions to mitigate those risks. Maxibor is also committed to helping Indigenous businesses better participate in the civil construction sector. We are part of a collaborative Indigenous business model involving Indigenous and mainstream businesses working together to help make a difference.

Are there any especially complex projects Maxibor has been involved in and, if so, what was different about these examples? Maxibor’s most challenging project in recent times was the 2.4 km of wastewater pipeline installed as part of the Logan City Council 20 km wastewater pipeline project. The HDD highlights of the project included: • The install of a 1.320 km 500 mm pipe - the longest completed in the city’s history. • The first time use in Australia of polyethylene high stress crack resistant (PE-HSCR) pipe material for a wastewater sewer rising main project. The Iplex manufactured pipe used Qenos PE100 polyethylene which ensures any scratches of the pipe which can occur during the pulling of the pipe do not develop into cracks. The expected design life is 100 years. • Being the first project in Australia to use an underground magnetics walkover locating system which provided tracking to 54 m deep • Improved hydraulics of the sewerage rising main through undulating ground, which will reduce pumping costs and provide an improved life-time value for money. • Minimal environmental impact by not disturbing waterways and reduced vegetation clearing through a koala sensitive habitat.

Trenchless HDD is increasing in popularity as a method of choice for underground infrastructure construction. What are the benefits of using HDD from both a safety and environmental perspective? There is growing confidence that projects using HDD can be delivered safely and have minimal environmental impact. Digitalisation, decentralisation, population growth and the accelerating climate change impacts of fire, wind, inundation, erosion, flooding and drought will require consideration of the way we install and use infrastructure. Going underground provides many obvious safety and environmental benefits – you just need to look at the ravages of the more extreme weather conditions to see that having

infrastructure securely installed at depth provides for a safer community during these events.

How does Maxibor select the route of a prospective pipeline prior to installation works commencing? Firstly, access is very important – narrow streets, mountainous terrain, tidal locations all present challenges to be overcome. Next, the preferred route will be influenced by ground conditions as they will impact both drillability and cost. Here geotechnical investigations are of paramount importance. Tests conducted along the bore alignment at appropriate intervals and depths are essential to get a good representation of the ground conditions. This helps the bore design to avoid more challenging ground conditions such as cobble, fractured hard rock and underground cavities. The length and depth of the bore or series of bores will be prime determinant of cost. Design innovation to reduce length can help reduce cost. Using the expertise of the HDD provider like Maxibor at the design stage of the project can be where most value can be added to a project. Pipe selection is also an important factor as better quality pipe can allow the bore alignment to be in a higher stress location while providing a lower overall cost of materials and installation to the project through a shortened length. Pipe installation forces testing is also done in conjunction with the selection process. Trenchless calculations are also undertaken to understand downhole pressures (hydrofracture analysis) and torque and drag assessment. The important thing is to ensure that those interpreting the testing results understand the data and know how it will impact the drilling methodology and design of the pipeline. Maxibor’s design engineering personnel who have global “on HDD project delivery” experience greatly facilitates the practical interpretation of the trenchless calculation data

What are some examples of projects where HDD was chosen in order to preserve the local land and environment? Another of the major projects Maxibor has been involved in was the installation of 2.4 km of 3 x 250 mm power conduits at Williamtown Airforce Base. The ground conditions were predominantly water charged sand contaminated with PFAS. HDD was chosen as the preferred method of installation as it protected workers from unnecessary exposure to the contaminated ground and minimised disturbance to the land. The Australian Pipeliner | May 2021

Maxibor onsite at the Logan City Council 20 km wastewater pipeline project.

What technological advances do you foresee occurring in the industry over the next 3-5 years and where do you think the sector is going as a whole? To a large degree, the capability of the trenchless industry to deliver better solutions to complex infrastructure installation projects in the HDD space is already here in Australia. The key to unlocking that capability is increasing the level of HDD knowledge at a design engineering level and gaining the confidence of asset owners that risks associated with the project’s delivery can be effectively managed. An exciting advance in the industry will be an increased use of electric drills to deliver projects in a more environmentally friendly manner. The transition away from fossil fuels is something the industry will be increasingly required to respond in this decade. The involvement of The Hulk on HDD projects over the coming year is part of that change. There are continual advances in drill cabin technology and advances in technology will mean a new breed of drillers will need to come through to optimise the benefits of the technology. Technology and training and retraining will need to go hand in hand. Drill fluid management is an area where technology is aiding in reducing the cost of disposal, especially for drilling fluid contaminated by the existing ground conditions. Additives to the liquid waste to turn them into solids for transport and disposal off site reduces the number of truck movements and associated emissions.

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Pipe Tek helps keep M2WP clean Pipe Tek continues to cement its status as one of Australia’s leading pipeline testing firms through its involvement in major infrastructure projects around the country. The company recently conducted vital testing works on the Mardi to Warnervale Pipeline in New South Wales.

Pipe Tek onsite at the Mardi to Warnervale Pipeline project.


ow in its final stages before becoming fully operational, the Mardi to Warnervale Pipeline (M2WP) will run from the existing Mardi Water Treatment Plant to Sparks Road at Warnervale, NSW and boost water supply to the growing Warnervale Town Centre and surrounding areas. At a cost of approximately $61 million, joint venture (JV) partners Spiecapag and Seymour White have been constructing the water pipeline on behalf of the Central Coast Council. Council Director of Water and Sewer Jamie Loader says, once operational, the M2WP would help manage the area's water supply. “Recent conditions including extreme weather events and water restrictions that have faced our community and indeed communities across our state and nation, bring into sharp focus how important water security and water resilience is for everyone,” he says. “The M2WP will ensure a stable long-term water supply to new and growing areas in the north of the region to support anticipated levels of growth and development we need to deliver as part of the Central Coast Regional Plan 2036.”


Vital testing Based in Brisbane, Pipe Tek is an expert in the pipeline testing field as well as the exclusive provider of Enduro Pipeline Services’ extensive range of pipeline inspection technologies in Australasia. The company provides these tools and its specialist services to the pipeline industry all throughout the region, helping to ensure pipeline operators can maintain an efficient, safe and debris-free pipeline that runs online at its intended maximum efficiency. Pipe Tek was brought in to test the 9 km DN1000 and DN800 HDPE M2WP, with the company responsible for a wide range of services, including pipeline cleaning, flushing, swabbing, scouring, testing and disinfecting. Pipe Tek super chlorinated the pipeline in order to prepare it for bacterial testing and then dechlorinated it for commissioning activities in addition to conducting flange management duties and installing new flow meters.

The company employed its new flat deck testing trailer for the job, which was used onsite to conduct testing and assist with site movements. Due to the sensitive environments through which the pipeline was to pass, trenchless technologies were employed for sections of its construction, including two large horizontal directional drilling (HDD) operations. In these cases, Pipe Tek pre-tested the pipeline, commencing in July 2020, before re-testing it following the pipe pull, which included pulling a ballast line through these sections. All testing was conducted to Australian Standard 2566.2 and Water Services Association of Australia – Water Supply code of Australia -WSA 03 – Sydney Water Edition, and the entire pipeline has been NATA-certified by Pipe Tek. The company completed all its works on the M2WP in March 2021 and was proud to announce there were no safety incidents during its entire involvement in the project.

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Anode brings Apache pigs to local market Anode Engineering is the corrosion control engineering design expert offering the highest quality international corrosion-related brands and products for pipeline applications across Australia and New Zealand.


or most, the word pig conjures up images of the farmyard variety and perhaps the smell of bacon on a Sunday morning breakfast. In pipelining, the word PIG is an anacronym for Pipeline Inspection Gauge and is a device which is inserted into a pipeline then travels along it, propelled by the pressure of the medium pushing behind it. During pipeline pigging, a squealing noise can sometimes be generated that is reminiscent of the farmyard variety, reinforcing the name. Pigs can be used to perform cleaning, maintenance and inspections of a pipeline or also in batching applications to separate dissimilar products when changing from one medium to another within the pipe. Canadian manufacturer Apache Pipeline Products produces all manner of the highest quality pigs including foam pigs of different densities and coatings, solid cast urethane models in many styles, as well as steel mandrel pigs. Each offers its own particular pipeline benefits, and the company also offers pig passage indicators in a manual flag type indicator or electronic option and pig tracking equipment. Foam pigs are the most commonly used cleaning solution, and the Apache range includes bare foam drying and cleaning pigs in various densities of foam depending on the use case. Foam pigs can be urethane coated for tougher cleaning and abrasion resistance. There are also wire brush models commonly used to abrade sulphate reducing bacteria (SRB) colonies for exposure to treatment with biocides using filming pigs, such as Tsunami or UT pigs. Solid polyurethane options can be used as batch dividers between dissimilar products, cleaners to raise flow rates and specialty pigs, such as the new Tsunami Filming Pig, to suit pipelines


between DN80 – DN150 which can coat the internal pipe with corrosion inhibitor films or biocide solutions as required. To achieve the same results on DN200-DN350 sized pipe, the UT FP is used. These feature a lead purger type pig with a filming pig following. The space between the two is filled with corrosion inhibitor and the cavity of the filming pig fills with inhibitor then coats the pipe wall as it travels along behind the lead pig. Steel mandrel pigs have several interchangeable options from wire brushes, sealing discs, magnets for removing conductive debris (black powder) inside a pipe and gauge plates which fold over to indicate if there is an area within the pipeline which has been damaged or crushed. Elements can be substituted and replaced as they wear out whilst retaining the solid metal mandrel as the core. Apache are a global manufacturer of pigging equipment trusted for 50 years by many global resource companies. Anode Engineering have been supporting the Apache brand in Australia and New Zealand for more than 20 years and can recommend the right, high quality pigging solution for your pipeline application.

Apache Pipeline Products’ new Tsunami Filming Pig.

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About Anode Engineering Anode Engineering is the expert when it comes to corrosion control engineering design that is complimented by its own range of corrosion-related products and materials for the cathodic protection industry, with offices in Australia, its subsidiary Lordco in New Zealand and a number of regional partners in SouthEast Asia. Anode's product range features the finest international corrosion related brands and its engineers use these products in their day-to-day operations giving intimate knowledge of each item the company represents. For more information contact or 1800 446 400.


Bringing the world to Australian shores Iontech is an Australian-owned engineering company focused on providing environmentally friendly asset integrity solutions and reliable inspection services. Working in the in-line inspection (ILI) space, the company provides globally proven state-of-the-art technologies to local customers with a dedicated engineering and support team at its disposal.


lthough other companies in Australia provide ILI solutions to the pipeline industry, Iontech sets itself apart through its commitment to its clients and unique technologies. In an industry sometimes traditional and risk averse, Iontech says it aims to challenge the status quo and break boundaries, with innovation at the core of the business. With this in mind, the company is bringing new ILI solutions to Australia, including Electro Magnetic Acoustic Transducer (EMAT) technology, which induces ultrasonic waves into a test object with two interacting magnetic fields. This technology is particularly noteworthy, as the alternative available for crack detection requires a liquid medium for the inspection, which is not

possible or practical for gas assets. Iontech has also introduced its AI caliper tool to the Australian market and has developed technology for the high-resolution of oil and gas wells logging. This new logging tool will provide well integrity engineers in Australia with the highest resolution available in the market, enabling identification of pin hole defects (down to 3 mm minimum diameter), which is not possible through the traditional logging methods. The company also has exclusive access to a range of technology patents including V-Active – a unique, environmentally friendly water-based biodegradebale product for use in corrosion prevention. The product remains active at both liquid and vapour phases, fully protecting the

systems where it is applied. Instead of removing humidity, Iontech’s approach is to use it in its favour, making water the preservation medium instead of a corrosive solution. Additionally, this proven expertise in corrosion mitigation is complemented by its commitment to results and top-notch customer service.

Partnership with PIPECARE PIPECARE is a global service company based in Switzerland offering state-of-the-art ILI services. The company has vast experience in the pipeline integrity solutions market and has the required ILI capabilities for any and all pipeline operators. Offering a complete range of inspection technologies with a fleet of tools from 2 inches (50 mm) up to 56 inches (1,400 mm). These integrity services include: • The provision of ILI inspection services for detection, identification, sizing, and location of pipeline features with all standard technologies like crack and crack-like features (in pipe body and welds), metal loss features like general corrosion, pitting, pinhole, grooving, and geometrical features like dents, buckles, ovalities, bends. •U ltrasonic inspection of downhole casings, using inspection tools based in Brisbane for immediate mobilisation. •P rovision of customised ILI services tailor-made for individual client challenges. • Various client software solutions, from inspection data viewer, integrity and risk assessments to corrosion growth prediction. PIPECARE has an extensive record of successfully developing and deploying customised solutions for difficult to inspect pipelines worldwide. Over the years, it has executed many complex projects and the company continues to work on its in-house capabilities to be ready for any pipeline challenge.


The Ultrasonic Crack Detection tools (UTCD) designed by Iontech partner PIPECARE.


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V-Active technology is a cost-effective solution that improves operational efficiency in pipelines or spare pipes. The organic inhibitor has excellent performance in contact and vapour phases, forming a monomolecular film that neutralises the surface stopping corrosion from happening or growing.


and granting stability to the metallic surface. Proven to be the most active inhibitor, V-Active remains the longest on metallic surfaces due to a strong bond preference which makes even metallic contamination particles inert.

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The Ultrasonic Crack Detection tools (UTCD) designed by Iontech partner PIPECARE.

By using the V-Active technology, traditional methods such as dehumidifiers or nitrogen purging become obsolete, as these add cost and unnecessary complexity to the project. During hydrotesting, for example, by applying the additive at low concentrations (typically 2 per cent) to the test water, there is no need to fully dry the line after the testing is completed. The test water is actually used to preserve the line against corrosion, improving efficiency and


reducing cost, while reducing the risks and increasing asset corrosion protection. Unlike other inhibitors, V-Active has a differentiated molecular structure which makes it safe for both humans and the environment and allows it to remain active on substrates where it is applied, including paints, resins, plastics, process fluids, cellulosic products and more. With metals, V-Active acts effectively in the vapour phase, interfering in the electrical activity

Although ILI is one of Iontech’s major focuses, the company has access to many more patented technologies and procedures that prevent corrosion, including Niobex®. Designed for harsh environments, this coating provides corrosion protection even if the treated surface is fully immersed in acid baths. The product contains Niobium, a chemical element with significant anti-corrosive properties, making it the most resistant coating currently available. Niobex also neutralises any surface it is treated with, meaning it can be applied directly onto oxidated surfaces without the requirement of extensive preparation. This ease of application makes it the ideal treatment for ageing plants, pipelines and other assets that suffer from severe corrosion.

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Keeping an eye on contamination AMS Instrumentation and Calibration is helping provide superior monitoring of pipeline contamination through the Process Vision LineVu system – a game-changing camera system delivering a permanent live video stream of pipeline activity.


hen natural gas is processed, liquids are injected to remove water vapour, carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulphide. It is vital that these liquids are completely removed from the gas stream prior to exporting the gas for sale, yet, to date, there is no effective method to determine if liquid separators are working to their stated efficiency 100 per cent of the time. Often operators find out about a problem too late, and liquid carry-over has caused significant damage. If hydrocarbon liquids are allowed to enter dehydration systems, foaming can occur requiring the addition of de-foaming agents. At the exit of the de-hydration system, liquids like glycol (MEG and TEG), crawl down the walls of the pipeline causing further problems. If the processing plant is fitted with a refrigeration (or dew pointing) system to remove as much, high value, gas condensate as possible, glycol enters the system, causing blockages, loss of efficiency, and problems with the temperature control of the system, leading to further liquids remaining in the export gas stream. Gas analyser systems are specifically designed to avoid and filter out liquids. Gas contracts strictly specify the gas quality, and require there to be no liquids, with good reason - if allowed into the gas network, liquids can build up in low spots and corrode the internal pipe wall. If breaches of the contract are proved, buyers can

decide to reject the supply until the process upset is resolved or re-negotiate the price. In some cases, a large fine from the buyer or pipeline operator will also add to costs. In gas processing plants and refineries there are often absorber beds or catalysts that are sensitive to liquids. There have been many instances where liquids have been allowed to carry-over into the gas stream and have damaged millions of dollars’ worth of catalyst or absorbent.

LineVu AMS Instrumentation and Calibration believes process supervisors and operations teams should have the best information possible in order to make evidence-based operational decisions. LineVu is a camera system providing a permanent video stream of pipeline activity, available to view at any time. LineVu provides an alarm when the following contamination is detected: • Liquids • Hydrates • Foam Using existing tapping points, LineVu can be installed at custody transfer points, or at the entry to, or exit from, critical gas processing systems. Under normal dry gas conditions, the system will see no movement (even though the gas may be moving at around 50 km/hour). In the event of contamination, image processing delivers an alarm. This offers a significant step forward in process

assurance for critical applications. LineVu is a very powerful tool to improve efficiency in gas processing and provide evidence of events where tariff agreements have been broken and justification is needed to support a decision to temporarily stop supply, or support a compensation claim from the gas supplier.

Indisputable evidence Greater process confidence is gained when operators can see events in high pressure systems. With LineVu, a live video feed of pipeline activity is available at any time via a standard web browser. An alarm (volt-free relay) is raised when contamination is detected, and LineVu automatically starts recording data at that point. It continues to record until no further contamination is detected. Time, date and location are burnt onto the video image so that, during event play-back, all relevant process data is played-back alongside the video, providing a complete picture of the event to aid fault diagnosis. The user interface allows process data such as gas flow-rate, line pressure, position of critical valves, and other relevant details to be displayed and recorded alongside the video.

A new way of thinking After safety considerations, ease of installation and commissioning are of great importance. Diagram of a standard LineVu set up.


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Safety and benefits

Liquid carry over can cause significant damage to gas pipelines.

LineVu does not require sections of pipe to be removed, or pits to be dug. It is mounted above the pipeline, using existing 2 or 3 inch (50 or 76 mm) tapping points wherever possible, behind an isolation valve. This stand-off from the main pipeline avoids contamination of the optical windows. With a maximum working pressure of 200 Bar, LineVu is compatible with the

majority of pipeline networks and gas processing plants. Data is stored in the LineVu Controller Still shots may be taken for entry into reports or sent via SMS texts to interested parties. Time-lapse and real time video may be uploaded for remote access, and for service engineers or customers to view to improve response to an event.

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Safety is a key feature and LineVu is permanently installed on a pipeline or high-pressure vessel. Independent LOPA and FMEA studies confirm that the secondary containment system provides sufficient levels of safety for pipeline network installation. Buyers, suppliers and asset integrity managers can all see a range of benefits from this equipment. At custody transfer points, buyers can make better decisions, and with firm evidence they can decide the acceptability of the supply, make substantial corrections to flow meter readings for wet gas and the reduction of pipeline diameter by solid contamination. At gas export points, suppliers can reduce downtime and with better information they can quickly determine the severity of the process failure, improve operational decisions, lower risk of financial penalties and provide proof of dry gas. With LineVu in place, asset integrity managers can both lower the risk of hydrate blockages and decrease the requirement for pigging. LineVu is available in Australia through AMS.

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Picarro puts leak detection in cruise control Picarro is a leading provider of solutions to measure greenhouse gas concentrations, trace gases and stable isotopes across a range of applications. This includes the energy and utility markets where the company’s work with a number of natural gas operators has established it as an industry leader in analytics-driven leak detection.

Picarro’s advanced leak detection technique locates methane emissions below and at distances of hundreds of metres away from the vehicle.


icarro uses ultra-precise, yet easy to use, instruments to identify and measure greenhouse gases, trace gases and stable isotopes found in air, water and land. At the centre

of the company’s technology is its patented Cavity Ring-Down Spectroscopy (CRDS) which enables the detection of target molecules at parts per billion, or better, resolution.

An international company headquartered in the US, Picarro has been steadily increasing its presence in Australia over the last five years, helping energy companies improve the safety of their infrastructure.

Data driven The company’s mobile leak detection technology involves the driving of vehicles near the energy assets, equipped with a range of detection and monitoring equipment including a gas analyser, GPS, anemometer and a tablet inside the vehicle. The front of the vehicle is fitted with inlet sensors where the air enters and travels through to the rear where the analysers are located. Picarro Director of Gas Sales and Marketing Doug Ward says the company has measured more than 4 million leak indications worldwide to date. “Our solution is all about analytics. It’s all about collecting the data from when we drive our vehicles in the vicinity of the gas assets,” he says. “It senses the air, collects the data and measurements and transmits this information to

The Picarro system can be installed in almost any vehicle.


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the cloud, into what we call a data lake. That stream of information, along with other internal and external streams of information that we have, combine in this data lake and from that we have various analytics that we apply depending on the intended application.” Once Picarro has this data, it can be used for multiple use cases including leak surveys, pipeline replacement optimisation, risk reduction and emissions reduction. “For example, we have algorithms that will quantify the emissions that are being seen by the vehicle,” says Mr Ward. Vehicles will make several passes through the vicinity of the asset over two different days to account for the changes in wind conditions, after which a strong profile can be established and the different fields of view can be covered. “The basic premise is using the wind to collect this information. It brings it to our car so that we don’t have to go out walking into a person’s yard – we can just drive and collect this data,” he says. “You can also drive the vehicle at the speed of traffic. You don’t have to go slow; you can go up to about 75 km/hour when you are driving in the vicinity of the asset.” Picarro’s unique technology also has the capability to differentiate which gas or gases are in

the air, such as sewer gas, natural gas or vehicle exhaust. Mr Ward says Picarro typically finds three times more hazardous leaks in half the time through its systems, while traditional survey methods have been shown to have a 66 percent false negative rate. Picarro’s methods have similar success when used to optimise the replacements of pipelines. “Whenever you take our information and apply it, we can help gas companies and utilities extract 1.5 times more leaks in their pipeline systems than they would with their normal modelling systems,” says Mr Ward. “This saves them a large amount of money because they’ve taken more leaks out of their system. They’ve reduced their risk and reduced their operation and maintenance cost because we’re addressing a lot more leaks per/km than would be addressed normally.” Rather than identify individual leaks, Picarro’s analytics estimate leak density and measure the actual, aggregated methane emissions along pipe segments or areas.

Approximately 25 per cent of Picarro’s staff have STEM PhDs and the company makes ongoing efforts to improve its technology. It now boasts ownership of more than 45 patents and the company’s instruments can be found in more than 60 countries around the world. Additionally, Mr Ward says Picarro continually works with utilities and natural gas companies to improve its service, and many team members, including himself, have come across from this sector. “My background is from the natural gas industry,” he says. “I have more than 30 years in the natural gas and utilities sectors before I came to Picarro. We have several team members who are now working for Picarro who have come from the natural gas industry to bring some of our experiences, bridge any gaps and help understand what asset owners and the market is looking for. “We continue to evolve through this ongoing work with our industry partners.”

Expert personnel Mr Ward attributes much of the company’s technological capabilities and consistent growth to the quality of staff employed at the company.

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A customisable solution to protect your space Savcor Products Australia offers the superior protection option for the common challenge of void spaces in pipeline equipment.


any void spaces are at risk for corrosion almost immediately after manufacturing, as well as during shipping and storage or layup of equipment, which frequently involves years in harsh storage conditions. Unfortunately, void spaces present a challenge for defence against corrosion since they can be difficult to reach with protection. To further the problem, traditional protection strategies can be labour intensive, unreliable and sometimes hazardous. A superior protection option on the market is the use of vapour phase corrosion inhibiting (VpCI®) solutions for void space protection. This family of products offers customised protection to meet varied commissioning, engineering, construction and overall project constraints without compromising on the quality of the


preservation or asset integrity goals. Custom product variations include: • Ultra-low dosage; • Ultra-low residue; • Below freezing application; • Minimal clean up; • Non-aqueous products; • Vapour only applications; • Continuous monitoring situations; and • Temperature ranges from -50 degrees Celsius to 60 degrees Celsius. One good example of customisable VpCI solutions is VpCI-337, a versatile and environmentally friendly waterborne corrosion inhibitor used to protect internal void spaces. VpCI-337 can be fogged into void spaces, such as pipes, tanks, and other enclosures, and is known to travel up to 30.5 m through twists and turns without additional help. The Australian Pipeliner | May 2021

Distribution can be aided by using a fan to create a draft that will draw the product through larger, more intricate piping or void spaces. Once the VpCI-337 has been fogged into the interior, all that is needed is to close the access points so that the VpCI-337 is trapped inside. This is often done by capping recyclable VpCI126 film or weather-resistant MilCorr® over the ends of large pipes. The power of VpCI-337 lies in its vapour phase corrosion inhibitor technology, which relies on VpCI molecules to migrate throughout the enclosed void space to evenly protect metal surfaces, even in hard-to-reach spaces. The VpCIs form a thin self-healing film on the surface of the metal that protects it from interacting with corrosive elements such as oxygen, moisture and chlorides. VpCI-337 is an excellent replacement for


nitrogen blanketing and dry air systems that are expensive to install and maintain. Nitrogen blanketing presents a hazard for personnel, and dehumidification systems are dependent on a consistent supply of electricity. In contrast, VpCI-337 is environmentally safe to use and does not require electricity to maintain. It is labour-saving and cost effective, using a minimum of product to protect large areas or volumes. VpCI-337 can be used to protect a variety of pipeline related components. This includes pipes, tanks, gas to liquid module platforms, boiler systems, heat exchanger tubes, pump skids, drill ship riser and double wall void spaces. Protection is immediate, convenient to apply and easy to remove if required. It offers important advantages in the protection of void spaces as an easier, safer, more cost-effective way to protect important parts from corrosion. VpCI solutions are distributed in Australia and New Zealand by Savcor Products Australia and sourced from a US-based corrosion technology company called Cortec® Corporation, the global leader in VpCI technology.

The VpCI®-337 fogging a pipe before capping.

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PLX products in use onsite.

PLX remains Shipman King’s crown jewel Shipman King has manufactured and supplied high quality equipment to Australia’s pipeline industry for close to 100 years. A trusted name throughout the industry, the company’s Durapipe PLX range allows for the safe and efficient transfer of liquid fuels and their vapours.


hipman King’s quality equipment is used to handle petroleum and chemical fluids across a range of sectors for Australia, as well as markets in New Zealand, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Malaysia and the Pacific Basin. The company prides itself on manufacturing and distributing top of the line equipment and offers the complete range of equipment for prompt supply, delivery and service to all its customers. Along with its own products, the wholly owned Australian company is the local distributor for a range of international companies including Durapipe PLX Polyethylene Fuel Pipe and Electrical Conduit, SGB Leak Detection Systems,


"Durapipe PLX plastic pipework offers top quality environmental protection with maximum protection against permeation and leak free joints when transferring fuels." Morrison Bros AST Products, and Husky Fuelling Products.

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pipework offers top quality environmental protection with maximum protection against permeation and leak free joints when transferring fuels. This high-performance composite pipe system has been in use for more than two decades and is available in sizes from 32 to 160 mm. Shipman


The PLX Electrical Conduit offered by Shipman King.

King offers a range of PLX pipe variants which are available in straight lengths or 50 and 100 m coils. Commonly used for bulk fuelling environments, the multi-layered polyethylene composite pipe system is co-extruded with a protective layer using the latest extrusion technology, resulting in consistent and technically superior performance.

The PLX Close-fit system provides security against accidental fuel leaks as well as an opportunity for continuous interstitial space monitoring and environmental protection. It is suitable for both above and below ground applications and its protective layer results in a consistent performance. Shipman King also offers the PLX Electrical

Conduit – a fully integrated barrier conduit specifically designed to protect conveyed cables from external attack through contaminated land. This product is suited for non-pressure applications in petrochemical and industrial environments and offers permeation protection with a true aluminium barrier layer. Suitable for corrosive conditions, the lightweight and flexible PLX Electrical Conduit can be jointed by means of compression fittings or PLX electrofusion fittings. To compliment these products, Shipman King offers a range of PLX preparation tools and accessories which have been specifically developed to enhance a smooth and easy pipework installation process, including welding machines, pipe clamps, pipe cutters and protection sleeves. Shipman King continues to work with companies in the petroleum and petrochemical space to provide the best equipment and service relative to the needs of an ever-changing industry. The company specialises in in packaging the complete range of equipment to ensure prompt supply, delivery and service to all customers.

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BARRIER PE PIPELINE SYSTEMS Shipman King distributes the PLX range of barrier PE pipeline systems to convey different blends of fuel and diesels. Another type of barrier system is used on our PLXE electrical conduit to offer a unique solution for protecting cables where conduits are laid in any potentially contaminated soils.

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Iplex goes large with PE pipe

Iplex Pipelines is one of Australia’s foremost pipeline delivery specialists, helping to provide safe and innovative solutions within the infrastructure sector. An active participant in the water community, the company is one of the few in the country that can provide PE pipe in outer diameters up to 2,000 mm.


olyethylene (PE) pipes have been produced in Australia for more than half a century and have consistently remained a popular choice across the industrial and agricultural sectors. Despite this popularity, the common use of PE piping in smaller diameters has left many unaware of its availability in larger sizes and the capabilities of the country’s pipeline contractors to weld and install this infrastructure. Iplex Pipelines has been manufacturing its POLIplex® PE pipes in Australia for decades and

has continued to expand its expertise in this field. Today, the company is specialised in project delivery on major pipeline infrastructure projects, from the design phase through to manufacturing and installation advice. Iplex is also one of the few in the country with the capability to produce PE piping in outer diameters of more than 1,200 mm and up to 2,000 mm. Iplex Product Manager – PE Systems Luke Kennedy says while these larger sizes are not an “everyday” pipe, they are often required

Iplex’s bend maker can produce 2,000 mm bends.


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for significant infrastructure works. “The application is usually any project that requires large volumes of fluid, such as marine outfalls / inlets, bulk water transportation, dams and associated infrastructure, water diversions, trunk lines and culvert work,” he says. “The 1,200, 1,400 and 1,600 mm sizes are becoming common enquiries, while 1,800 and 2,000 mm are steadily gaining more interest with our customers.” Mr Kennedy says Iplex’s machinery can deliver these sizes to clients when requested. “We also have a PE fabrication facility at Iplex in Brisbane where we can produce up to 2,000 mm OD fully rated bends as well as custom fabrications even in these larger sizes. “There are companies even in Australia now making fittings up to 1,600 mm OD. We can also get electrofusion saddles that are 2,000x500 OD so we can hot tap live lines, giving us a lot more flexibility in those larger pipe sizes.” One recent example was a project at Melbourne Water’s Western Treatment Plant in Victoria. After a leak of approximately 20 ML per day was uncovered in a large concrete pipe, GEM Industrial was engaged by Melbourne Water and John Holland to construct a single 1,800 mm SDR41 PE100 pipeline to run adjacent to the lagoon and act as a bypass line for


the failed pipe. A 24 t McElroy Talon butt-welding machine was imported from Tulsa, Oklahoma for the work and Iplex collaborated with the contractors to produce the pipe and fittings. Mr Kennedy says contractors have the capability to install these larger pipes when required. “There is in fact quite a few butt-welding contractors that have welding equipment up to 1,600 mm OD on the east coast of Australia these days. These companies are always open to assist with the pipeline construction plan and alternative design as much as they are to provide the construction services,” he says. “We’ve also got a 2,000 mm bend maker, which is also a butt welder, which can go out on site should a suitable project require a local machine to perform the welding work. “So, aside from having minimum production runs, as far as capability and getting something to a credible contractor, there are very few restrictions in providing these pipes in Australia. “We expect that there will be an increased requirement for larger pipes as the issues in critical water management increase. If we take industry trends from overseas into account then the future application of these larger pipes looks very promising. Australian Pipeliner.pdf 1 1/12/21








A single 1,800 mm SDR41 PE100 pipeline was constructed adjacent to act as a bypass line for a failed pipe at Melbourne Water's Western Treatment Plant.

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“There are numerous times where we have another solution available outside of PE pipes,” he says. “I encourage all customers to come and talk to us about the larger size pipe because we have the required expertise, we have the capability, and we have a network that can provide a contractor onsite to discuss an installation.”

While it’s a common solution in the pipeline industry, Iplex’s expertise extends well beyond just PE piping. Mr Kennedy says the company doesn’t believe in a one product fits all approach, and its experienced team will work with customers to ensure safe, efficient and cost-effective project success.

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Keeping the heat on efficient welding Time efficiency and a commitment to safety are always two nonnegotiable priorities on a pipeline worksite, and this is especially true when welding is involved. Welding Industries of Australia is now offering cutting edge induction heating systems which put asset owners and operators back in control of their welding through simple and safe technology.


elding Industries of Australia (WIA) has been supplying the Australian market with reliable products and expertise for almost 60 years. Its products, ranging from high quality welding equipment and safety to industry leading filler metals, are developed, delivered and supported by a team of technically driven professionals


who understand the needs of customers and work with them to deliver products and solutions for the heavy engineering, mining and oil and gas markets. As part of global organisation ITW (Illinois Tool Works), WIA represents many of the world’s leading welding brands in the Oceania region, including Miller and Hobart.

ArcReach® WIA is now offering Miller’s ArcReach® Heating Systems which simplifies preheating welds, maintaining weld temperatures and hydrogen bakeouts in workshop and field applications. Often, weld preheating methods like flame and resistance are expensive, time-consuming and increase safety risks, which can send projects out of control. The ArcReach systems put asset owners and operators back in control through a simple, costeffective heating process that delivers fast and consistent heat across a range of industries, including oil and gas, petrochemicals, refineries The Australian Pipeliner | May 2021

and mining. Operators can control and set the actual arc voltage and current delivered to the weld using the digital meters on the accessory. “This induction heating equipment uses alternating electromagnetic currents to generate heat in workpieces, so welders can do their own preheating quickly and safely,” says WIA Business Development Specialist Matthew Hefferan. “This highly efficient technology uses noncontact heating to induce heat electromagnetically rather than using a propane torch or resistant heating. With induction, the part becomes its own heating element, heating from within.” This process makes induction heating more efficient than other methods as only a marginal amount of heat is lost during the process, so applications that would typically take hours to set up can be done in minutes. Operators also gain more time welding because settings can be adjusted at the ArcReach wire feeder/remote, rather than at the power source, which also reduces slip, trip and fall hazards onsite.


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Outside of its high efficiency, the ArcReach systems have proven to be a significantly safer option for preheating welds. With no open flames or electrical resistance wires, the systems do not produce the exposure to burns associated with these methods, and there is no significant expense

incurred for the use of fuel gases. ArcReach also produces fewer fumes than flame heating and less particulate from overheated insulation caused by high temperature electrical wires and ceramic pads. Being the latest advancement in induction

heating, WIA says Miller’s ArcReach product range is a truly unique market offering with ever-expanding capabilities. Operators can increase productivity, improve weld quality and keep themselves safer, all while cutting costs.

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Welding machines keep plastic fantastic The Delta 1000 Trailer is a self-aligning butt fusion machine for pressure pipe.

The advantages of using polyethylene pipe for gas, water, mining and other applications are well documented and global entity RITMO S.P.A facilitates the implementation of quality plastic pipe across all these industries. The company’s welding technology provides users with a range of advantages to ensure clients can achieve their project goals with peace of mind.


eadquartered approximately 40 km from Venice, Italy, RITMO S.P.A has been producing welding machines for plastic pipes since 1979. It currently has more than 100 staff and 15 patented technical solutions, with production taking place entirely in Italy and all work phases managed internally to allow for maximum flexibility and production autonomy. RITMO produces a wide variety of products, ranging from butt welders, to electrofusion, polyfusion welding and plastic extruders. The company offers multiple accessories and manufactures special machinery to produce unique equipment, as well as band-saws to cut plastic pipe. Today, RITMO has more than 100 products in its catalogue and offers a complete range of welding machines for pipes up to 1,600 mm in diameter. The technological quality on offer has allowed RITMO to consistently grow as a company, with exported products now representing approximately 90 per cent of production. RITMO products are sold in more than


130 countries, including Australia and New Zealand where they have been available since the late 1990s. RITMO welders are used in the civil and industrial construction sectors in both established and developing countries. The wide reach of its brand provides RITMO with the technical knowledge of conditions ranging from scorching deserts, to cold Scandinavian climates and the humidity of the tropics. This knowledge is transferred into its products resulting in constant refinement and improvement. RITMO’s primary focus is on the butt welding of pipes, and this market is only increasing. The company offers a set of products for every need, be it hydraulic welders, welders with an automated welding cycle, CNC models, or h igh-productivity technological welders.

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avoiding human errors. This is achieved through a continuous dialogue between hardware and software with the exchange of data during all phases of work. Once the welding parameters have been entered, the electronic system ensures the work cycle can be consistently repeated. The operator can validate the work phases the control unit requires by simply pressing a button. The software continuously monitors the progress of these phases, and records each step in an internal memory, generating up to 4,000 welding reports in PDF format which is downloadable via a USB port to an external memory. The system can also create an archive of up to 50 predefined settings of the most frequently used working parameters. To implement the features of this system and connect to the control centre, operators can us a "SET & GO PRO" app on their smartphone. Within a few easy steps, the welding machine is configured according to international welding standards (ISO, DVS, UNI, ASTM etc) and the calculation of the working parameters has never been so


quick, functional, and safe. In addition, each site is photographically identified through the app, making the pipes and the welding operator traceable. With this system extension, professional reports are generated that "certify" the quality of the welding, making the sharing of welding reports quick and easy. RITMO offers this technology on seven welding machines from ranges of 40 to 630 mm.

ALL TERRAIN Introduced in 2021, RITMO’s REMEDY hightech welding machines serve as an expansion to its ALL TERRAIN line. Entering the market in 2006, the ALL TERRAIN line immediately distinguished itself thanks to its onboard generator, mobility, ease of use, hydraulic movements of the cutter and heating plate, and the opening and closing feature of its clamps. The welders operate according to the ISO 21307 High Pressure and ASTM F2620 standards. The REMEDY 500 and REMEDY 1000 models are natural additions to the ALL TERRAIN line, capable of tracked carriages to allow operation in even more extreme conditions


and working ranges of Ø 200-500 mm for the REMEDY 500 model, and Ø 355-1,000 mm for the REMEDY 1000 model. REMEDY models are available with manual hydraulic welding control or CNC control. The option of a manually controlled welding cycle

gives the user greater flexibility and allows work to be tailored according to jobsite conditions. REMEDY 1000 is able to overcome slopes of up to 30 per cent, while the use of a remote control allows operators to move the welding machines from distances of up to 100 m.

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Festive events kick off 2021 APGA events are back in full swing in 2021 and members are attending in strong numbers to make up for lost time. Back on track in Melbourne More than 150 industry personnel attended APGA’s Melbourne Dinner in March, with Victorian members ecstatic to be back to inperson events after a lengthy lockdown in 2020. Held at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins Street, the night saw a strong mix of new and familiar faces coming from all corners of the pipeline world. Attendees were also lucky enough to have Australian Hydrogen Council CEO Fiona Simon as the special guest speaker. Her presentation entitled 'Hydrogen developments in Australia: where to from here?' gave an interesting insight into the country’s burgeoning

hydrogen sector and outlined the policy framework and next steps required to meet Australia’s lofty hydrogen objectives. The Australian Hydrogen Council is the peak body for the Australian hydrogen industry and its members are from a range of sectors, including energy, transport, consulting, banking and technology. The council’s corporate membership boast some of the biggest names in the energy industry and the organisation has been shown significant support from APGA. More in-person events are on the agenda in Melbourne this year and the association hopes many more can continue to attend.

APGA scores a try in Brisbane APGA’s Brisbane events are always wellattended and the first of 2021 was no exception, as more than 130 attendees made their way to the Jade Buddha for a networking drinks event.

The sold-out event provided the typically fantastic views of the Brisbane River the venue is known for, as a wide variety of industry personnel were given the chance to enjoy a beer or two and converse with their peers. Legendary rugby league player and NRL Hall of Fame member Gorden Tallis was the night’s special guest speaker, providing a thrill for the many sports fans in attendance. Nicknamed the “Raging Bull” during his playing days, Gorden played during the 1990s and 2000s, representing Australia internationally and Queensland in the State of Origin. At club level, Gorden played for St George Dragons and the Brisbane Broncos and was named in the Indigenous Australia rugby league team of the century. APGA looks forward to more gatherings in Brisbane this year, including the 2021 Annual Convention and Exhibition in September.

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Hybrid POG Seminar makes a splash APGA’s Pipeline Operations Group Annual Seminar made a welcome return in 2021, with attendees joining the discussion both in person and virtually.


he Pipeline Operations Group (POG) Annual Seminar is one of APGA’s most popular seminars, consistently featuring a wealth of relevant and up-to-date industry information delivered by industry experts and insiders. In 2021, the seminar was built around the theme of 'Pipelines Operations and Maintenance: Dealing with current challenges' and both attendees and presenters could attend in person in Melbourne or virtually via real time live stream. While a majority of members prefer to attend such events in person, the virtual alternative allowed the many currently unable to travel interstate to participate on the day, including in the Q&A sessions that follow each presentation. The first presentation of the day was conducted by Jemena Engineer Tom Amrein who discussed a defect repair operation in Jemena’s gas network. APA Group Senior Integrity Engineer Markus Seitz followed in the morning with a presentation discussion corrosion on a 50-year-old pipeline and how APA had managed the problem. The day was filled with more presenters from some of the pipeline and gas industry’s biggest and most recognisable companies, including


Henry Dupal from APA Group speaks at the POG Seminar.

Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG), First Gas, ROSEN Group and the Future Fuels CRC, before a panel session concluded the day’s seminar. The session was a discussion on pipeline maintenance in a post-COVID-19 world and featured Perry Beor from Water Corporation, Shane Matthews from APA, John Wilson from

AGIG and Michael Peoples from Jemena. Regardless of an in-person, virtual or hybrid format, the POG Seminar continues to be a valuable source of knowledge sharing for a whole range of industry personnel, including managers, supervisors, technicians and field operators. APGA looks forward to holding the annual seminar again in 2022.

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The QLD YPF held its first joint technical meeting for the year in March.

YPF puts foot on the gas in 2021 The Young Pipeliners Forum (YPF) is making the most of a return to in-person events around the country, as different state chapters continue to hold informative and fun-filled evenings.


n late 2020, APGA’s YPF were among the association’s first to fully embrace the return of events from the virtual world back into the real. Now, in the midst of a new year and a consistent easing of COVID-19 restrictions, the

YPF is going full steam ahead all around the country as the current and future generations of pipeliners seek to take advantage of the valuable opportunities the forum presents.

New South Wales The APGA YPF NSW and IChemE/Engineers Australia Joint Chemical Engineering Committee held a joint networking event at Bracket Brewing in Alexandria (Sydney) on Tuesday 20 April 2021. Attendees included industry professionals (both young and young at heart) and university students. The evening included a technical talk on cathodic protection by Corrosion Control Engineering NSW Engineering Manager Jim Galanos, pizza, drinks and mingling. The NSW YPF wishes to thank Pipe Tek and Corrosion Control Engineering for generously sponsoring the event and looks forward to a full calendar of events in 2021.


Pipe Tek’s Taddam Farrant speaking to the NSW YPF at Bracket Brewing in April.


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On Thursday 18 March, the QLD YPF had the privilege of hearing from experienced pipeline professional Lynndon Harnell who spoke at the first technical evening for 2021. Mr Harnell has spent more than 40 years in the industry working for a range of companies, including Origin Energy, Oil Search, BHP and Armor Energy. With approximately 40 YPF members in

YPF events sometimes include educational visits, like this outing to the 1414 Degrees facility during the 2019 APGA Annual Convention and Exhibition.

The QLD YPF joint technical meeting.

attendance, Mr Harnell shared stories from his many years working on pipelines with a specific focus on practical safety considerations during field pressure testing. The QLD YPF extends its sincere gratitude to OSD Pipelines for sponsoring the event and hopes to see everyone again soon.

"YPF is going full steam ahead all around the country as the current and future generations of pipeliners seek to take advantage of the valuable opportunities the forum presents."

Want to get involved? The YPF provides a forum for all young people involved in the pipeline and gas industry working in APGA member companies to get together at events to exchange ideas, network, share information, discuss issues in the pipeline

industry with each other and learn about other industry disciplines. The YPF has committees across Australia and in New Zealand. These committees organise events in their areas several times a year. Events are likely to include educational visits to member companies’ facilities, fun-focused networking events (such as bare-foot bowls, quiz nights, geotagging) and mentoring events where more experienced pipeliners can share their experiences. Any employee of an APGA member company can join under the age of 35. Although the YPF focuses on pipeliners aged up to 35, you don’t have to leave the forum. Both long-serving

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Australian Pipelines and Gas Association Membership CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTOR Alltype Engineering Coe Drilling Pty Ltd Comdain Infrastructure Enscope Pty Ltd Global Engineering & Construction Pty Ltd HH Civil Pty Ltd Maxibor Australia McConnell Dowell Constructors (Aust) Pty Ltd Michels Corporation Mitchell Water Australia Pty Ltd Moody Civil & Pipe Pty Ltd MPC Kinetic Nacap Pty Ltd National Australian Pipelines P and G Welding Pty Ltd Pipecraft Pipeline Plant Hire Pty Ltd Quanta Services Australia Pty Ltd Spiecapag Australia trading as HDI Lucas The Newham Group Trushape Engineering Pty Ltd Valmec Limited CONSULTANT ACIL Allen Consulting CNC Project Management DNV GL Australia Pty Limited Energy Matrix Group Pty Ltd EnergyQuest Pty Ltd Future-Proof Solutions Jiva Consulting JLL Infrastructure Advisory Pty Ltd Kleinfelder Australia Pty Ltd Land Access & Management Services Pty Ltd Metcalfe Engineering Consultants MVC Services Pty Ltd OC Project Services Pty Ltd Pipeline Engineering Consultants Plant & Platform Consultants Ltd Sage Consulting Solutions Pty Ltd Stockton Drilling Services Sustech Engineering Pty Ltd Twycross and Partners Pty Ltd Veris ENERGY DISTRIBUTOR ATCO Gas Australia ENGINEERING/PROJECT MANAGER AA J Stack Solutions Pty Ltd AFS Projects Pty Ltd

Atteris Pty Ltd Core Group Limited Fyfe GHD Pty Ltd GPA Engineering Pty Ltd Lidiar Group Momentum Engineering OSD Pty Ltd SPIE Plexal Worley Services Pty Ltd

Woodside Energy Ltd

GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS/ REGULATORS Department for Energy and Mining Energy Safe Victoria Resources Safety and Health Queensland Water Corporation INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION Pipeline Research Council International, Inc PIPELINE OWNER/OPERATOR AGL Energy Limited Ampol Australia Petroleum Pty Ltd APA Group Arrow Energy Pty Ltd AusNet Services Australian Energy Market Operator Australian Gas Infrastructure Group Beach Energy Limited Brookfield Infrastructure Group Energy Infrastructure Management Pty Ltd Epic Energy SA Pty Ltd Esperance Pipeline Company Esso Australia Pty Ltd First Gas Ltd Fortescue Metals Group GB Energy Jemena Mobil New Zealand Oil Limited Mobil Oil Australia Pty Ltd Origin Energy Limited Papuan Oil Search Limited Power and Water Corporation Qenos Pty Ltd QGC Refining NZ Santos SEA Gas South Australian Water Corporation Tas Gas Holdings Pty Ltd Tasmanian Gas Pipeline Pty Ltd Viva Energy Australia Ltd WestSide Corporation

SERVICE PROVIDER ABB Australia Pty Ltd ASME Projects Avmin Pty Ltd AXS Pty Ltd Baker Hughes Brooks Hire Service Pty Ltd Brownline Australia Pty Ltd Bureau Veritas Asset Integrity and Reliability Services Pty Ltd Corrosion Control Engineering Pty Ltd Downer EDI Engineering Power Pty Ltd DSQ Pty Ltd EnerMech Pty Ltd ERIAS Group Pty Ltd Flowtran Pty Ltd Iontech Engineering Solutions ITI International LandPartners Pty Ltd Lochard Energy (Iona Operations) Pty Ltd LogiCamms LW Survey Australia Pty Ltd Metropolis Services Pty Ltd Mipela GeoSolutions NDT Global Pty Ltd Nixon Communications Pty Ltd NortecView Ltd Oceaneering Australia Pty Ltd ORIX Commercial Peter Norman Personnel Pty Ltd PIPE TEK Pty Ltd Piping Specialty Supply Service Pty Ltd Prime Creative Media Pro Pipe Services Pty Ltd QIC Protective Coatings (Aust) Pty Ltd Qube Energy Pty Ltd Rider Hunt International (RHI) ROSEN Australia Pty Ltd Scape Consulting Pty Ltd STATS Group T D Williamson Australia Pty Ltd TEAM Truck Hire Australia Pty Ltd Viega Pty Ltd Wasco Energy Group Zinfra SUPPLIER OF EQUIPMENT OR MATERIALS Aegis Pty Ltd Anode Engineering Pty Ltd Anti Corrosion Technology Pty Ltd

AtlasGas Pty Ltd Austrack Equipment Sales and Rentals Australian Pipeline Valve Bao Australia Pty Ltd Delnorth Pty Ltd Denso (Australia) Pty Ltd Edgen Murray Australia Pty Ltd EDMI Gas Pty Ltd Fast Fusion, LLC Future Fuels CRC Gasco Pty Ltd GF Piping Systems Hard Metal Industries Heath Pipeline Services Pty Ltd Herrenknecht AG Inductabend Pty Ltd iPipe Services Iplex Pipelines Australia Pty Ltd Jindal Saw Limited Laurini Officine Meccaniche Srl Lincoln Electric Company (Australia) Pty Ltd McElroy Australia Ozzie's Pipeline Padder Inc PAC Pipeline Equipment Rentals Pipeline Machinery International LP PipeServ Polyfabrics Australasia Pty Ltd PSAH Pty Ltd RAEDLINGER PRIMUS LINE PTY LTD RDO Australia Group Richmond Savcor Products Australia Pty Ltd Shawcor (Singapore) Pte Ltd Shipman King SICK Pty Ltd Solar Turbines Australia System Control Engineering The Hills Rockslinger TIB Chemicals AG TRACTO-TECHNIK Australia Pty Ltd Tremco Pipeline Equipment Pty Ltd Tubi Pty Ltd Universal Corrosion Coatings Pty Ltd Vacuworx Australia Vinidex Pty Ltd Vlentec Australia Pty Ltd Welspun Corp Limited Western Process Controls Worldpoly Pty Ltd Worldwide Group

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APGA would particularly like to acknowledge the generous support of its Owner Members • •

APA Group Australian Gas Infrastructure Group

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Epic Energy SA Pty Ltd Jemena

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SEA Gas Tasmanian Gas Pipeline Pty Ltd

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AGL Energy Limited Energy Infrastructure Management Pty Ltd Esso Australia Pty Ltd McConnell Dowell Constructors (Aust) Pty Ltd MPC Kinetic Nacap Pty Ltd

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OSD QGC Quanta Services Australia Pty Ltd Solar Turbines Australia Spiecapag Australia trading as HDI Lucas Worley Services Pty Ltd

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Ken Barker David Curry Keith Fitzgerald* Leigh Fletcher D C Gore* Robert Gration

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Max Kimber Andy Lukas Tony Marletta Mick McCormack Stuart McDonald Jim McDonald*

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Allan Newham Stephen Ohl Mark Twycross Phil Venton *deceased

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Dean Barker John Blain Bevan Boocock Grant Bowley Ken Cameron Chris Carter Andrew Cook Mark Cooper

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Geoff Cope John de Robillard Stephen Dykes Yuyu Fang John Fleming Kenneth Flowers Tony Forde Gretchen Gagel

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Chris Gatehouse Lynndon Harnell Mark Harris Chris Harvey Graeme Hogarth Justine Hyams Jeff Jones Ashley Kellett

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Steven Liddell John Lott Cameron MacDiarmid Jason Mansfield Mick Murphy David Nichols Trevor Nichols

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John Piper Steve Polglase David Pollock Brett Reay Jasper Tieland Andrew Wood Howard Wright Ken Wyllie

Edwin De Prinse Jason de Ross Ross Demby Carlo DiCarlo Daniel Faulkner Matt Felvus John Ferguson Mike Flynn Tom Forde Mark Fothergill Paul Frederick Jarrod Gilby Calvin Gordon David Handsaker Peter Harcus Geoff Harrison

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Chris Hewson Ian Israelsohn Stuart Kamper Hugo Kuhn Trent Leach Benjy Lee Keith Lenghaus Stephen Livens Paul May John Messent Paul Miller Stephen Mudge Ashley Muldrew Matthew O'Connell Brian O'Sullivan Neil Parry

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Bob Paton Michael Peoples Jan Peric Janusz Podgorski Tawake Rakai Jim Reaman Josh Row John Rutherford Craig Sheather James Smith Reynard Smith Andrew Staniford Robert Strong Colin Symonds Soheil Taherian Farrah Tan-Savva

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Warwick Tidswell Mark Turner Sean Ward Louise Watson Rob Wheals Paul Williamson Ben Wilson Rob Wiltshire Alex Wong Michael Xanthopoulos

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Awais Ashraf Eric Bardy Geoff Barton Tony Bird Tom Bohacik Liz Brierley Peter Bucki Mark Bumpstead Ivan Byak Annette Cahill Geoff Callar Francis Carroll Philip Colvin Jeff Cooke Colin Cool Craig de Laine

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