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APGA holds third POG webinar

The third Pipeline Operators Group (POG) Webinar was held yesterday as an alternative to the annual POG Seminar.

This year would have marked the 18th year of APGA’s POG Seminar; however, due to COVID-19, alternative means of delivering the content were necessary.

The first two sessions of the POG Webinar series were a huge success, with the third edition – held on 6 May – continuing this trajectory.

Chaired by First Gas Transmission Operations Manager Ryan Phipps, the third edition discussed issues facing pipeline operations and maintenance.

The first speaker was Jemena Gas Engineering Manager Mike Peoples with a paper titled NGP: Achievements and challenges.

Mr Peoples provided attendees with a brief recap of the project, which commenced in 2016, hailing it as Jemena’s “biggest project to date”.

He explained the Northern Gas Pipeline (NGP) connected with two APA pipelines in the Northern Territory to encourage growth in the local gas market and spoke about the challenges and engineering feats the project overcame.

Following Mr Peoples, APA Group Senior Reliability Engineer Bert Pereira focused his presentation on the improved maintenance and reliability practices at APA.

Mr Pereira emphasised the importance of the company’s risk-based inspections and criticality workshops that are in place to ensure its assets and equipment remains up to date.

To mimic the in-person seminars, a question feature was enabled in the video where participants could type questions for the speakers to answer.

Many listeners were interested in discussing the materials and structure of the pipeline with Mr Peoples’ post-presentation, as well as enquiring about criticality workshops with Mr Pereira at the conclusion of the webinar.

The next POG Webinar will take place on Wednesday 13 May 2020 and the series will continue weekly until the 20 May.

For more information visit the APGA website.

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