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September 29, 2017 / David Norman
Category: CEO's Update 

CEO's Update September 2017

September marks 12 months since I joined the Energy Pipelines CRC as CEO. During this busy year I have attempted to meet stakeholders, continue delivery of our on-going objectives and drive the task of positioning a research organisation for the longer term future beyond 2019. I remain proud of the professionalism and dedication that all within our community show, especially the dedicated team located in Wollongong. This also extends to the committed coalition of active industry or researcher partners that genuinely place the collective interests of the industry at the forefront of their continued efforts to strive for new knowledge and solutions to support our vision. This collaboration has rightfully earned such a revered reputation since the original formation of the Energy Pipelines CRC back in 2010.

Earlier this month the appointment of the new APGA Chief Executive Steve Davies was announced. Steve has been a valued member of the Australian pipeline industry and APGA since 2008 and I wholeheartedly congratulate him on his elevation to the CE role. I look forward into working with Steve to strengthen the already strong partnership between APGA and the Energy Pipelines CRC heading into the future.

Research Officer Fari Mahdavi and University of Wollongong PhD student Cornelis van Niekerk recently joined other members of the APGA Young Pipeliner Forum (YPF) in a tour of the Northern Gas Pipeline constructions. You will see the first part of their report on this experience in this newsletter with the second part next month. This was an exciting opportunity for two younger members to join colleagues in a real world field (and trench) experience. I would like to thank the APGA YPF for extending the invitation to the Energy Pipelines CRC and all other attendees.
At the upcoming APGA Convention to be held in Cairns (14th-17th October 2017), delegates will be able to visit our trade stand and see and engage on a display of current and recently completed research projects. Two presentations will be given as part of the business sessions based on Energy Pipelines CRC research and activities. Jan Hayes will be providing a presentation on Personal Liability of Engineers and the Impact of High Stakes Decision Making. I will be also providing an overview of current Energy Pipelines CRC activities as well as information regarding the ongoing work for a new CRC bid to meet mid to long term industry challenges. We are all still eagerly awaiting news of progress with our first stage submission for the ‘Future Fuels CRC’, which is expected shortly.
We have begun preparations for our next research seminar which will take place on November 15th in Melbourne. With a number of key projects recently reaching completion, this seminar is well worth attending to stay up to date on the latest research outcomes as well as network with the pipeline community. This seminar is open to all employees of APGA RSC member companies as well as research partners.

The final months of 2017 are going to be busy for the Energy Pipelines CRC team, I look forward over the coming newsletters to keep you up to date with key findings and events as well as further progress on the status of the new ‘Future Fuels CRC’ bid submission.

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