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March 31, 2017 / David Norman
Category: CEO's Update 

CEO's Update March 2017

Download the March 2017 edition of the Energy Pipelines CRC newsletter here.

March has brought the Energy Pipelines CRC team a number of engaging and productive opportunities on which we have further developed key research themes for the future CRC bid, as well as continue to deliver on key research milestones for our current membership.

Early in March we hosted a planning day with Board, management team as well as key members of industry and research groups to further establish our future directions. The day was highly productive and was an opportunity to stress test research themes that have grown from identified industry challenges when looking to the future. Following this planning day, we had the opportunity to meet with the APGA RSC and further discuss and develop research themes as well as provide an update on ongoing research.

The Energy Pipelines CRC has over the years developed a strong international presence due to strong research facilitation skills combined with access to world leading research teams. Earlier this month, a team of researchers working on a separate government funded project examining fracture and dispersion models in CO2 pipelines travelled to Oslo to attend the CLIMIT 2017 summit and to hold a two day face to face meeting with project team members from Joint Industry Project partners DNV GL. You will find a report from their visit in this edition.

In May this year Energy Pipelines CRC research will once again be on display internationally at the APGA/PRCI/EPRG Joint Technical Meeting held in Colorado Springs, USA.

Also during March I presented at the annual APGA Pipeline Owners Group (POG) seminar in Adelaide. This community, from a wide range of stakeholders throughout Australia and New Zealand, presented and exchanges learnings across a broad range of topics focused on operations and maintenance of existing assets. Our Energy Pipelines CRC presentation detailed recent research findings in the areas of Stress Corrosion Cracking (SCC) as well as 3rd party interference. It was particularly pleasing to see the integration of several these findings already incorporated in some of the later presentations by industry end users.

While this Seminar was taking place, Klaas van Alphen travelled to Canberra to attend the launch of Gas Vision 2050. This report, developed by a number of gas industry organisations including APGA, presents a future vision for an Australian Energy Network that utilises current pipeline infrastructure within a renewable energy focused future. I look forward to working in the coming months assisting the group behind this report in offering ways forward in delivering this vision.

Over the coming months, the team and I are focused on working closely with members of our industry who have come forward to help in shaping a new CRC bid in further developing key research themes as well as new industry partnerships. If you would like to be part of this ongoing process, please do not hesitate to contact me.

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