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May 31, 2019
Category: CEO's Update 

CEO's Update May 2019

Click here to download the May 2019 edition of the Energy Pipelines CRC Newsletter.

With just one month remaining to the formal conclusion of CRC funded activities, the CRC has been finalising plans for the wind up of the company.

There are just two research projects that are to be finalised. These are projects RP1-04B – Weld metal HACC of X70 linepipe, and RP2-09C – SCC manufacturing. Final reports for both projects are with industry advisors for review so it is likely that the projects will be completed some time in June. Once these projects are completed, we will have spent close to $17 million on CRC funded research projects and just over $5 million on non CRC funded research activities. A further $62 million has been provided by way of in-kind over the life of the Energy Pipelines CRC.

Neil Smith gave a webinar today on the outcomes of the gas pipelines blowdowns series of projects. The webinar was very well attended and well received by all.

Feedback from the Joint Technical meeting indicates that all presentations given by Energy Pipelines CRC funded researchers were of high quality and of great interest. Special thanks to Klaas van Alphen for his work in assisting with the development of program for the JTM and in ensuring that the Australian contribution to the JTM was of the highest quality.

The Board met on 22 May to formalise the wind-up plan for Energy Pipelines CRC.

Operationally, whilst Commonwealth and industry finding ceases as at 30 June 2019, we are required to prepare a final Annual Report to the Commonwealth and hold a final meeting of Members.
It is planned that these will be completed by the end of October. The Board have agreed that, subsequent to the completion of our reporting obligations, the assets and IP of Energy Pipelines CRC will be transferred to Future Fuels CRC to allow for continued access to research reports, development of IP and, with the cash transferred, to undertake some extra research activities.

Following this, the Energy Pipelines CRC will be wound up. The Members of Energy Pipelines CRC met on 27 May and confirmed this process.

Existing participating entities will still have access to the outputs of the Energy Pipelines CRC for a minimum further three years via the members’ area of the legacy website. Additionally, each Participant (for industry, this will be APGA), will receive a copy of the research reports, publications and presentations for continued access. We are currently establishing the legacy website, which will still be accessed via www.epcrc.com.au, and will basically be a cut down version of the current site.

A reminder that the final in kind reports are due back to me by 31 May. Given the tight timeframe for completion of our activities, I will not be sending a reminder. A copy of the in kind template is available on the website.

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