The Energy Pipelines CRC was established in late 2009 for the purposes of providing research and education to support and benefit the energy pipelines industry in Australia. It is a user led CRC with its industry participants represented by the Australian Pipelines and Gas Association Research and Standards Committee (APGA-RSC). The research participants are the University of Adelaide, the University of Wollongong, Deakin University and RMIT University.
The CRC was supported by a combined $27.480 million from the Commonwealth and industry as well as a $50 million in kind contribution from the Universities and the Australian pipeline industry. This funding was spread over the 10 year life span of the Energy Pipelines CRC.
The Goals of the Energy Pipelines CRC were to:
- Provide value to the Australian community through facilitating the development of safer, more efficient and reliable energy pipelines;
- Deliver outcomes that assist the pipeline industry add value, grow its business and improve its workforce;
- Provide and assist with the adoption of research outputs which result in tangible benefits for the pipeline industry;
- Have a reputation as a world class provider of pipeline related research;
- Build a sustainable critical mass in Australian pipeline related research;
- Set a stand out example for successful industry-university research partnerships; and
- Be a supplier of targeted, quality, university level pipeline related education.