In March 2014 the pipeline industry has lost one of its leading engineering practitioners with the sad passing of Craig Bentley, due to illness.
In his most recent role, Craig was the Engineering and Completions Manager for the McConnell Dowell and Consolidated Contracting Company joint venture (MCJV) on the Australia Pacific LNG (APLNG) Project.
Having been involved with the project since late 2009, Craig was responsible for the delivery of the front-end engineering and design, detailed design, and recently managed completions of this world-scale pipeline project.
Craig brought more than 30 years’ experience to his role on the APLNG Project.
He initially trained as a mechanical piping draftsman before he decided to take more challenging roles overseas.
He worked in New Zealand, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, United Arab Emirates, Iran, Japan, Yemen and Venezuela, and held senior roles for a number of major companies, including Total, Occidental, Bechtel, Saipem, Thames Water, BHP, NZ Refining Co., CMPS&F and Fluor Daniel.
In 2006 Craig and his family moved back to Australia where he took up the role of Project Operations Manager with OSD Pipelines.
He was responsible for a number of projects, including the East Spring Gully to Gooimbah Lateral Pipeline Project, the Queensland Gas Pipeline Looping Project, the Carborough Downs to Moranbah Pipeline, the Great Northern Pipeline Project and the Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline Looping Project.
It was in his latest in role on the APLNG Project, however, that Craig will be recognised and remembered for the true industry professional that he was.
The successful delivery of this project, which faced a number of engineering challenges, was in no small part due to Craig’s dedication over the past five years, and will be a lasting testament to his experience, tenacity, commitment and capability.
From all your friends and colleagues at McConnell Dowell, MCJV, KBR, Origin and the wider industry, we will miss you.