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CEO's Update July 2017
During July, the Energy Pipelines CRC staff have been busily engaged assisting delivery of key research milestones while also pursuing major steps relating to key options for new research capability beyond the 2019 completion of our current funding.
This month we have reached a major milestone in our journey in developing a substantially new CRC proposition for the future, focused on the medium to longer term needs of our wider industry. The proposed Future Fuels CRC will provide a conduit between industry, government and research to meet future energy transition challenges while also maintaining the safety and efficiency of the vast pipeline network well into the future. The competitive bid process requires two stages of submissions with the 2nd stage due late this year.
The Stage 1 submission has been a mammoth task requiring input from industry leaders, world leading researchers in their fields as well as key Energy Pipelines CRC staff who have taken on this task whilst also continuing to maintain their consistent high quality work for the Energy Pipelines CRC. I am deeply grateful to all those involved in this process and am excited to see where the journey takes us forward.
Despite reaching this crucial milestone, there is little time to rest as there is the need to continue the work of the Energy Pipelines CRC as well as prepare for the Stage 2 Future Fuels CRC bid need to take place. Over the coming months we will be finalising the 2016-2017 Annual Report. This is an opportune time to reflect on the last 12 months of activities of the organisation.
We have had a big year with the key objective on ensuring we do not lose sight on our vision to deliver high value outcomes to our key stakeholders.
In the spirit of continued learning and improvement, I met with a number of groups including energy think tanks and recently established CRCs to see how we can further improve our own practices to provide quality service to our industry. In recent meetings with the iMove CRC, a recently established CRC which will help bring Australia’s transport and freight networks into the future, we were able to take lessons that will aid us with the Stage 2 bidding process for the Future Fuels CRC
We also began our preparations for our presence at this year’s APGA Convention and exhibition. The event held this year in Cairns from the 14th-17th October is a highlight on the Energy Pipelines CRC calendar as it gives us an opportunity to showcase our research to the entire APGA membership. This is a major yearly event in the Australian pipeline industry calendar and I encourage you to head to the APGA website for more information.
Finally, our Research and Innovation Manager Klaas van Alphen will be on leave for all of August on a well-deserved break. We wish Klaas and his family the best for their travels look forward to seeing him refreshed and rejuvenated when he returns at the start of September.