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Report confirms gas industry challenge

Wed, 17 December 2014

The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) has highlighted the challenge facing the Australian gas industry – an expected shortage of gas and/or price hike as supplies are stretched in order to meet the demand for LNG for export. “This report is a reminder that Australia has sufficient gas to supply both domestic and export markets,” Australian Pipeline Industry Association Chief…

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Call for papers open for 2015 APIA convention

Wed, 10 December 2014

The 47th Annual Convention of the Australian Pipeline Industry Association will be held at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre from 17 to 20 October 2015. The Convention will cover a range of issues on the theme: Australia’s Pipeline Industry: Providing Skills and Infrastructure for Energy. APIA’s Annual Convention brings together participants from all sectors of the pipeline industry…

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NSW gas plan welcomed

Mon, 17 November 2014

Australia’s gas transmission industry has welcomed the NSW Government’s indication today that it will support increased development of that State’s gas reserves. APIA Chief Executive Cheryl Cartwright said industry had warned for some time of a domestic gas shortage or price hike in eastern Australia. “The only solution to such a gas shortage is to increase supply,” Ms Cartwright said….

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Competition review supported

Wed, 12 November 2014

APIA has supported a proposed review of competition in eastern Australia’s wholesale gas market in its submission to the federal government’s energy Green Paper. “Competition in gas supply essential to produce a rapid, effective supply response,” the APIA submission says. “A review of competition in Eastern Australia’s wholesale gas markets, as suggested in the Green Paper, will identify priorities and…

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Reforms must encourage increased gas supply

Tue, 11 November 2014

APIA has welcomed a Business Council of Australia report recommending greater transparency, encouraging exploration and increasing the supply of gas to the Australian market. APIA Chief Executive Cheryl Cartwright said the BCA report was a clear reminder that the answer to any gas shortage in Australia was not reserving gas, but encouraging increased supply. “We also welcome the BCA’s comments…

Safety culture and back-of-ute innovation earn awards

Thu, 06 November 2014

An innovative method for testing topsoil has won CNC Project Management  APIA’s 2014 environmental award while consistently excellent safety performance earned Fyfe the APIA annual Safety Award for 2014. CNC Project Management’s ‘Back of the Ute’ soil test procedure introduces a rapid method for testing soil on site prior to topsoil stripping, which will aid top soil management and improve…

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Contributions recognised

Fri, 31 October 2014

The contributions of two leading figures to the pipeline industry and of one young achiever, have been recognised at APIA’s annual awards. Industry stalwart Phil Venton has been awarded Honorary Life Membership of APIA in recognition of his enormous contribution during 37 years in the pipeline industry. In presenting the award, APIA Immediate Past President Kevin Lester said the board…

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Oil and gas pipeline engineer registration now available

Tue, 21 October 2014

For the first time in Australia, engineers are now able to register in the specific area of practice of oil and gas pipeline engineering, a major achievement for the industry, Australian Pipeline Industry Association (APIA) Chief Executive Cheryl Cartwright said. Registration is based on the world-first APIA Competency Standards for Pipeline Engineers. The first five professional engineers to meet the…

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Greater awareness key to safe development

Tue, 21 October 2014

Australian planning authorities and pipeline industry operators need greater awareness to ensure safety around transmission pipelines as the nation’s urban expansion continues. A presentation at the annual convention of the Australian Pipeline Industry Association called on the industry to maintain a consistent approach to identifying and communicating appropriate changes to development stakeholders. The presentation, by APA Group’s Manager East Coat…

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Urgent policy changes needed

Mon, 20 October 2014

Urgent policy changes are needed by federal and state governments if they are serious about properly shaping long-term gas supplies across Australia, APIA Chief Executive Cheryl Cartwright said. Speaking in Melbourne on the eve of APIA’s annual convention and exhibition Ms Cartwright, called on the New South Wales and Victorian governments to “get sensible” about allowing new gas developments. “And…

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