The mission of the Energy Pipelines CRC (EPCRC) is to provide the Australian energy pipeline industry with the technology necessary to extend the life of the existing natural gas transmission network and to build better and cheaper networks necessary to support increased demand for energy.
The mission of the EPCRC is realised via an extensive research program linked directly to industrial applications. New technologies will be created that will allow the operating life of the existing energy pipeline network to be extended. Technological innovations will also facilitate the construction of new pipeline networks, both for the expanding market of natural gas and for other emerging energy cycle fluids such as CO2 and H2 injected methane.
The industry relevance is ensured by close collaboration with the around 50 members of the Australian Pipelines and Gas Association’s Research and Standards Committee (APGA-RSC). These companies provide cash funds to the Energy Pipelines CRC and are the primary end users of the research. The RSC members identify research needs, participate in project steering committees and implement research outcomes through their companies as well as via membership of Standards Australia committees.
The research is broadly divided into four Research Programs (RPs):
RP1 – More Efficient Use of Materials for Energy Pipelines;
RP2 – Extension of Safe Operating Life of New and Existing Energy Pipelines;
RP3 – Advanced Design and Construction of Energy Pipelines; and
RP4 – Public Safety and Security of Supply of Energy Pipelines.
Included in the EPCRC is also an education program, aimed at educating and fostering the next generation of pipeline engineers.
All four research programs are well established and pipeline research projects are currently underway at each of the participating universities (University of Wollongong, University of Adelaide, Deakin University and RMIT University).
Research reports are available for APGA–RSC Members and EPCRC researchers via the Members Login.
For information about becoming a member, or obtaining login details, please contact Energy Pipelines CRC Communications Officer: Matthew Byers