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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.

Erwin and OliverThe 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.

A full list of projects and their status is available here.

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

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CEO's Update October 2017

CEO's Update October 2017

31-10-17

October is one of the busiest months in the Energy Pipelines CRC calendar.

Research Update October 2017

Research Update October 2017

31-10-17

During the July-September 2017 quarter, the Energy Pipelines CRC had 22 active research projects across its four research programs.

New project on cracking in polyethylene and other polymer pipelines approved

New project on cracking in polyethylene and other polymer pipelines approved

31-10-17

A new project is now underway that studies cracking of polyethylene and other polymer pipe walls

YPF Tour Trip Report Part Two: Northern Gas Pipeline

YPF Tour Trip Report Part Two: Northern Gas Pipeline

31-10-17

22 members of the APGA YPF recently toured the constructions of the Northern Gas Pipeline and the Diamantina Power Station

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