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December 20, 2018 / Matthew Byers
Category: Research Update 

A Look Back on 2018

2018 has been a busy year for all research teams and industry advisors working with the Energy Pipelines CRC. Over the course of the year an impressive tally of research achievements produced including;

  • 8 research projects completed during the year with 86 projects completed since the commencement of the Energy Pipelines CRC.
  • 17 research projects are currently active and will be completed by April 2019.
  • 28 research reports released during the year.
  • 27 research articles were published including 14 journal papers and 6 conference papers.

A number of key outcomes and achievements from all four research programs are listed below: 

Research supported by Energy Pipelines CRC Plastic and Composite Pipe User Group, has increased the understanding of polyethylene (PE) pipe degradation mechanisms and produced a new standardised approach for assessing the relative remaining lifetime of PE pipes that includes material grade, pipe location and age. The suitability of this approach has also been assessed for other plastic pipe materials used in the gas network. This research allows gas distribution network owners and operators to prioritise the replacement/repair of mains. 

Research to improve engineering guidance for design of cathodic protection (CP) systems at pipeline shoreline crossings was completed in 2017-18. This research was based on physical model testing to confirm the interaction between onshore and offshore pipeline CP systems.

Continued research into future energy fluids has quantified the issues and opportunities associated with a number of fluids such as syngas, hydrogen and associated blends. This research allows the pipeline companies to better position themselves in potential future markets by anticipating technical, economic, and regulatory issues.

Australian pipeline Standard, AS2885 has published a new part 6. This part includes more specific requirements for safety management studies and draws heavily upon the Program 4 research. Relevant aspects of the research program have been incorporated into the Standard, include;

  • Providing support for professional engineering judgements made regarding risk acceptability in accordance with the principle of As Low As Reasonably Practicable (ALARP);
  • Improving guidance for communicating with third parties who intend to work around pipelines (and may damage them); and
  • Improving communication to senior management regarding the potential consequences of pipeline failure and the impact of management decisions. 

As the Energy Pipelines CRC enters its final months of operations, the achievements of the organisation will be collected and presented in a book that will be available to members early in 2019.

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