Part 6 Released for Public Comment

Drafts for public comment are available free from the Standards website (, and then the “view drafts” button on the right hand side:

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In the screenshot below, Part 6 is at the bottom.  The little orange arrow shows that I have sorted by that column, so on your screen it may be in a different location.




I didn’t realise that the Drafts are actually distributed by SAI Global, and so in order to download the draft, you need to login to SAI Global.  (Registering with SAI Global is free but I can’t guarantee they won’t contact you about other things once you’re on their list).


I believe that SAI Global may be having technical difficulties today (…good timing…) – so keep trying.  Do remember to sign in to the SAI Global site if it doesn’t automatically.  This next screen frustrated me (“Sorry but we could find no data…”), until I realised I wasn’t signed in (see top right corner “login” button):



And so once I signed in, there it is:


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Lots of clicking required… but after the next click there it is “Free, Download Now”: (and look, only 77 pages… and over half of those are Appendices… it’s a 30 page Standard, can  you believe it…)

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And another click:


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Contact me if you’d like me to send you a copy, though it’s really not that hard to get your own.

Happy reading!


AS2885 Part 1/6 Launch: July 19 and 20

Next week, on July 19-20, we will be providing a technical seminar to launch the revisions to AS 2885.1 (Design and Construction) and the new AS 2885.6 (Pipeline Safety Management).  You can register for the Sydney seminar and its associated dinner on the APGA event website, up until Friday July 14th.  At this stage, we aren’t planning to do any other seminars in other locations.


I’m pleased to say that the speaker at the associated dinner on Wednesday July 19, is Sean Brady, whom I’ve referenced in past posts here (Implicit Assumptions, and Human cost of failure).  Sean is an entertaining and engaging speaker.  The dinner is open for registration on its own, even if you don’t attend the seminar.

Anyway, in the lead-up to the launch, we’re pleased to say that Part 6, the Pipeline Safety part which encompasses all of the requirements for our safety management study (SMS) process, will be available in draft for public comment in advance of the launch, probably later this week.  I will post the link here when it is available. APGA will also circulate notifications about its availability on social media.

Part 1, Design and Construction, is coming along a little more slowly, and unfortunately Part 1 won’t be available in draft until after the launch, but we anticipate it being available before the end of July.

In the meantime, be aware that the Standards website publishes the list of all available drafts for public comment at

There are always several very interesting standards open for public comment, should you find you have a few moments to spare.

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You can also get there by the front page of Standards Australia; the link is in the bottom right side area.

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Next week, after Part 6 is released for public comment and after the launch, I’ll provide some detail information about the public commenting process itself.


APGA members’ review

The APGA, with a new CEO at the helm, is currently doing the right thing, by reviewing its members services, by asking the members for candid feedback.  I was fortunate to be invited to the member’s review session held in Brisbane, over a month ago now, with about 25 others in attendance.  There have also been sessions in Perth and Melbourne.  The next step is the APGA will send a questionnaire to all members to get wider feedback.

It’s a good initiative.  What will happen to all the feedback? It’s a lot of work to bring all that input into useable outputs.

For my part, here are the themes and ideas that I contributed, or came away with:

Are we, as an association and an industry, advocating for pipelines, or for the contents of a pipeline? Are we about energy, or about a conduit?  We’ve been disrupted (that’s getting old), and to get ahead of that disruption, I’m trying to figure out if I am more interested in the energy that pipelines deliver (gas, oil) and all that entails with the energy question, or, being about the conduit for all sorts of other fluids and materials, not the least important being simple water – and there are enormous ongoing opportunities there.

Assuming we’re about gas itself for the moment, I’d like more information on the demand-side of the energy equation.  Who is using the gas/oil/ethane etc that we transport, and why? And more importantly, why will they be using it 5 or 10 years from now?  There are options now, and I fear people are opting out of gas. There’s no clear impetus to use gas. Why should anyone choose gas?  In fact, we are almost promoting not using gas (CH4) anymore, but actually replacing it with hydrogen and biofuels.  Not bad ideas, to be sure. But that’s a bit confusing – I thought we were about “gas”.  What is “gas” then, and can the word be saved or rebranded maybe?

There’s enormous opportunity to use gas for electricity, but it doesn’t seem to be getting the momentum that I guess I assumed it would.  And then we have a proposed LNG import terminal, now that’s another strange development.  Why in the world are we looking at importing gas into this country?

Problems seem to go away when gas (or whatever) is needed.  If there is demand, it seems like a lot of policy and legislation don’t make much difference, things just happen when there is demand.  Take renewables and new energy sources – society is demanding ‘something else’, and the entrepreneurs are responding – and its fascinating.  Necessity is the mother of invention – and the mother of progress too.

So that’s got a bit off-topic.  I didn’t even mention the discussions around the services that APGA actually provides (mostly because the conclusion at the Brisbane session seemed to be it’s pretty much right as it is).  But it’s also about defining who we are, and what we do. As an industry, as an association. The Australian Pipelines and Gas Association.  I guess it’s in the title, isn’t it.  We do both: the conduit, and the energy.  And in the end, we need to be flexible enough to do whatever is needed.