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April 28, 2017 / David Norman
Category: CEO's Update 

CEO's Update April 2017

Click here to download the April 2017 Energy Pipelines CRC Newsletter

Throughout April the Energy Pipelines CRC team has been busy preparing for a number of key events due to take place throughout the middle of the year.

We are in the process of preparing a Stage One submission (expression of interest) for a new CRC to be lodged with the Commonwealth by early July.

I have been excited to see the growing support within our community for the developing research themes of a new CRC and how they are tied to the long term strength of the Australian energy industry.
 
Earlier this month, I spoke at a Queensland Young Pipeliners Forum networking event in Brisbane. Having not had much experience with the YPF before, it was great to see the level of enthusiasm and drive evident amongst the younger members of our industry, both in terms of developing their own careers and in identifying the industry challenges they see in the long term.

After providing an introduction of the current Energy Pipelines CRC to the group, we spent time discussing how research could continue to provide value in the future. The YPF has committees in most states and New Zealand. I look forward to working closely with each committee.
 
Our Chairman and I have spent this week in Perth meeting with current stakeholders, potential partners and giving a presentation on proposed activities to the APGA Board. Given the need to frame a new bid with a new value proposition, this has compelled us to think widely about the industry needs and opportunities for the future years.
I am pleased that the APGA board has endorsed our proposal for the new CRC bid including the key programs and funding model. The bid team will now continue to work tirelessly to progress this bid for the milestones due mid this year

Next week, Klaas and I, as well as a number of Energy Pipelines CRC Researchers as well as APGA representatives will be heading to Colorado Springs in the United States for the 21st Joint Technical Meeting.

We have twelve high quality papers being presented at the meeting and I am looking forward to meet our international colleagues. It is pleasing to see that our research has a place on the world stage and has impact beyond Australia.
 
I would like to remind you of an important event in the Energy Pipelines CRC calendar which is rapidly approaching. On the 7th June we will be hosting our first EPCRC/APGA RSC Research Seminar for the year.

Held this time in Sydney we have a number of presentations arranged to showcase the breadth of Energy Pipelines CRC research as well as its impact on our pipeline community. If you are an APGA RSC member company or employed by one of our four research partners, I do encourage you to attend.


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