The Energy Pipelines CRC (EPCRC) was established in 2009 to facilitate collaboration between researchers and the energy pipeline industry sector in Australia. The goal was to provide the Australian energy pipeline industry with the knowledge and technology necessary to extend the life of the existing natural gas transmission network, and to build better, cost effective and safer networks necessary to support increasing demand for energy.
Strong management and industry engagement have allowed the company to adjust its research activities to meet changing industry needs. The cessation of Australian line pipe manufacturing in 2012 required a quick refocus of priorities across research activities. High levels of industry consultation and engagement have been evident throughout all research projects in the Energy Pipelines CRC delivering outcomes that can be directly adopted by industry and providing maximum value.
The Energy Pipelines CRC was supported by a combined $27.480 million from the Commonwealth and industry as well over $60 million in kind contributions from Universities and industry.
The Energy Pipelines CRC has remained true to its vision. Its legacy will have long lasting impact in the day to day operations of the Australian pipeline industry.