Victorian YPF takes in a tour of western Victoria’s pipeline scene

The group was first taken to Atlas Steels’ steel manufacturing facility in Brooklyn, western Melbourne, where they were treated to a detailed presentation on steel manufacturing by industry expert John Piper. Mr Piper flew down from Brisbane to deliver his presentation, which was gratefully received by the group.

The group was then taken on a detailed tour of the facility by Atlas Steels External Account Manager – Melbourne Charles Waring. Mr Waring followed on from Mr Piper’s earlier presentation to show the group exactly how the company manufactured its steel products, how they were stored and detailed how the products were later distributed around Australia.

Departing from Atlas Steels’ facility, the group headed to the hamlet of Port Campbell in South-west Victoria and enjoyed a dinner with several EnergyAustralia representatives who came to greet the group.

Following a brief beach walk in the morning, the group drove to the nearby EnergyAustralia Iona gas facility.

Iona’s storage reservoirs can provide up to 500 terajoules of gas per day, and the facility is well placed to supply gas directly into the Victorian gas market via the South West Pipeline, and into the South Australian market via the SEAGas Pipeline. Located adjacent to the Otway Gas Plant, Iona is also connected to the nearby Minerva Gas Plant via the SEAGas Pipeline.

Following an initial induction, a senior EnergyAustralia manager took the group through a detailed tour of all aspects of the plant – an eye-opening experience for many engineers on the tour.

Following the plant tour, the group was able to witness first hand how EnergyAustralia staff managed the supply and demand of gas for both Melbourne and Adelaide.

The Victorian YPF would like to extend its gratitude to Atlas Steels and EnergyAustralia for the experience both companies offered the group.

The site tour was proudly supported by McConnell Dowell, Peter Norman Personnel and Inductabend.

For more information on the YPF, or to be involved, contact APIA on (02) 6273 0577.

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