APGA held the first instalment of its Pipeline Operators Group (POG) Webinar Series 2020 yesterday, with the event hailed as a success.
Due to restrictions brought about by COVID-19, the association has developed the webinar series as an alternative to the annual POG Seminar, with the series carrying an overall theme of Pipeline operations and maintenance: Solving the challenges.
At the beginning of the session, APGA CEO Steve Davies underscored the importance of keeping such seminars and discussion forums running during the pandemic, saying it was “crucial” high pressure pipelines in Australia and New Zealand continued to operate.
With up to 160 attendees joining the webinar at any one time, yesterday’s instalment featured a presentation from GPA Engineering Lead Mechanical Engineer Josh Wickham, before Future Fuels CRC Research and Innovation Manager Klaas van Alphen took the virtual stage to discuss his group’s ongoing work.
Mr Wickham explored the current hot topic of hydrogen’s impact on pipelines and examined the potential of the fuel as political and industrial entities look to facilitate its growth into a commercially viable resource.
“There’s certainly a lot of opportunities that are being investigated, the challenge that still remains for the hydrogen sector is what is the commercial viability of that pathway and the timing of it,” he said.
“The long-term opportunities, particularly for the traditional uses of methane in Australia, are really reliant on development of technology and costs of new technology such as electrolysis to come down.
“But even beyond current proton exchange membrane electrolysis, there’s going to be an ongoing need for investment in new types of technology that are going to lower the cost profile for hydrogen to really give it legs.”
The POG Webinar Series will continue every Wednesday until 20 May.
For more information visit the APGA website.
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