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Research Program 4 - Public Safety and Security of Supply

The goal of this research program is to sustain the world’s best practice safety and reliability performance of Australian energy pipelines. Australia’s pipeline industry is forecast to expand significantly in the next decade due to increasing domestic energy demand, large new export markets and the likely need for a carbon dioxide network to support planned developments in carbon capture and storage. In aiming to maintain this exceptional safety record in an expanding environment, the Energy Pipelines CRC is taking the unique step of engaging seriously with the social science research available from high hazard industries about how to prevent accidents.

streetThe experience from other sectors says that accidents are rarely the result of previously unknown technical mechanisms but occur when technical knowledge is not applied for a range of social and organisational reasons. The challenge in accident prevention is therefore related to those social and organisational factors.

Education is an integral part of this program and two seminar series, one for senior pipeline company executives and another for a more general industry audience will ensure that knowledge of the sociology of safety will be absorbed by the industry.

The Steering Committee overseeing RP4 is chaired by Ed De Prinse (APA Group) and the Program Leader is Dr Jan Hayes (RMIT University).


Key Program Areas

Organisational Safety
Organisational Safety:

Research into organisational causes of accidents and how organisations can improve their safety performance.

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Effective Safety Regulation
Effective Safety Regulation:

Research into strengths and weaknesses of current pipeline technical regulatory regimes and their implementation.

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Pipelines in the community
Pipelines in the community:

Understanding ways in which pipelines and people can be protected when they interact.

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CEO's Update April 2019

CEO's Update April 2019

30-04-19

It is pleasing to note that researchers from Energy Pipelines CRC are giving 12 of the 36 presentations at this year's Joint Technical Meeting. It is …

Research Update April 2019

Research Update April 2019

30-04-19

A number of Final Energy Pipelines CRC research projects have been completed this month with final reports now available.

CEO's Update March 2019

CEO's Update March 2019

29-03-19

With all CRC funded research projects due to be completed by the end of April, March has been one of our busiest ever milestone months.

Research Update March 2019

Research Update March 2019

29-03-19

A number of Final Energy Pipelines CRC research projects are on track and heading towards completion

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