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CEO's Update June 2017
June has been a month of continuous and positive engagement with not only our current research and industry partners, but also a chance to meet with those who have a genuine interest in the new CRC bid currently underway. The month has included committee and board meetings, the June Energy Pipelines CRC Research Seminar (& associated APGA-RSC meeting) in Sydney, as well as the annual Energy Pipelines CRC Researcher Conference in Waurn Ponds, Geelong. Beyond hosting and coordinating these important events, the Energy Pipelines CRC team has worked hard to continue the ongoing process of research facilitation. This includes two new projects that begin in July and I look forward to seeing these projects through their full cycle of research and dissemination.
We have been busy over this month finalising many of the key details related to the new CRC bid. This has been developing over six months with a relentless drive to create a compelling new bid on behalf of industry with the best chance of succeeding in attracting Industry, Researcher Provider and Commonwealth Government support.
This occurs through a two stage competitive / merit based bidding process and requires us to demonstrate a new and compelling purpose to address upcoming challenges of our industry with research, new knowledge and solutions to these challenges. This has inevitably led us to develop a wider scope than our current CRC, centred on the challenges and opportunities of transporting and storing the fuels of the future.
Most importantly, we have finally landed on a new name for this bid. It is now titled the ‘Future Fuels CRC’, reflecting this pivot to the future energy transition that gas and associated new fuels, can and hopefully will play in a decarbonising world seeking safe, affordable and reliable supply of energy. We believe that the ‘Future Fuels CRC’, if successful will help the Australian pipelines industry support the transition to a lower carbon economy while maintaining the importance of Australia’s crucial pipeline infrastructure, both existing and yet to be constructed.
We will submit the first stage of our bid documents to the Commonwealth Government mid July. This will be the culmination of months of hard and additional work on the part of the Future Fuels CRC bid team and I thank them all for this enormous effort. Further details regarding the Future Fuels CRC will be available in the next newsletter.
Earlier this month we held our 15th Biennial Research Seminar to deliver results from completed and ongoing Energy Pipelines CRC projects, directly to APGA RSC members and research partners. I thank all those who took the time to attend this event and I was impressed by the quality of presentations. The next Seminar will take place mid-November in Melbourne and will continue to be a forum for ongoing industry/researcher dialogue.
June also provided an opportunity to bring the Energy Pipelines CRC research community together for an annual conference. This year’s researcher conference provided a relaxed opportunity for our researchers to network and hear for members of the broader industry on topics related to Process Safety, the future of the Australian Energy Market as well as the role of Gas transport.
I would finally like to offer my congratulations to our former CEO Valerie Linton for her recent appointment as the incoming Dean of Engineering and information Sciences at the University of Wollongong. Valerie is a renowned expert in her field of materials science and I look forward to our continued working relationship with her and the University of Wollongong.
As we move into the latter half of 2017 I look forward to continued engagement with both our industry and researcher partners in the development of the Future Fuels CRC as well as the continued operations of the Energy Pipelines CRC. A number of exciting opportunities are coming up for research teams to showcase the quality of industry led research over the coming months both here and internationally. As always if you have any questions or comments regarding the Energy Pipelines CRC or Future Fuels CRC please feel free to contact me.