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4 Sept 2019: Another successful Gas Speak Colloquium

Another very successful Gas Speak Colloquium was held in Canberra 2-4 September 2019 with 30 attendees representing all sectors of the industry. The feedback from one participant sums up the event as follows “The overall experience is excellent as you are not only constantly learning and picking up presentation skills and techniques, but also meeting and networking with people in all of the industry sectors and improving and broadening knowledge of the gas industry”

July 2018: AGIT Scholars benefit from World Gas Conference in Washington. 

Board Changes

14 May 2018: Phaedra Deckart joins AGIT Board
Phaedra Deckart has joined the AGIT board as a Director. She is the General Manager, Energy Supply and Origination at AGL. Phaedra leads the transformation of AGL’s energy supply portfolio through this dynamic time in the energy market and is responsible for all electricity, coal, gas, LNG, and renewable energy supply and origination and continues to lead the LNG import terminal project in Australia to bring a new source of supply to the market.
When asked about why she has joined, Phaedra replied, “I’m excited to be joining AGIT to develop and grow young professional’s careers in the gas and energy industry. AGIT can play a key role in assisting young professionals to grow their passion for the energy industry. I want to take my own experience of being supported and developed throughout my career to give back and support and develop women into leadership roles in the industry.” Dr Graeme Bethune, Chairman of AGIT, welcomed Phaedra’s appointment, saying “I am delighted to welcome Phaedra to the AGIT Board. Phaedra has a wealth of experience across the entire energy value chain together with a strong commitment to AGIT’s goal of nurturing talented young energy professionals.”

For more information on Phaedra’s career, please visit the AGIT Members page.

23 Apr 2018: IGU issues recommendations for its future engagement with  methane emissions The IGU overarching strategy for engagement in the methane challenge should be to encourage greater member acceptance of, commitment to, and measurable progress towards the reduction of methane emissions, across the global natural gas value chain. For more information please see the IGU GEME Recommendations 2018.
21 Mar 2018: IGU releases World LNG report. The report is available here
13 Apr 2018: Future Fuels CRC receives funding. The Federal Government’s Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) program will be co-funding Future Fuels CRC with $26.25M over its proposed seven year research program. This success is a continuation of the pipelines and gas industries commitment to research aimed at transitioning the traditional industry to a low carbon environment. More information is available here.

1 Mar 2018: AGIT 2018 World Gas Conference scholars selected
A record 27 applications were received for the AGIT sponsored scholarships to attend the 27th World Gas Conference in Washington, DC, 25-29 June 2018. The selection committee increased the number from four to six.

Thank you to all of the people who submitted applications and congratulations to the six successful applicants – Lauren Burridge, Asset Strategy and Planning Manager, AusNet Services; Sarah Donnelly, Asset Engineer, APA Group; Nick Harley, Field Development Planning Manager, Santos; Isaak Isakovich, Corrosion Engineer, Anode Engineering; Daniel Panella, Financial Controller, Cooper Energy and Kahil Parsons, Pipeline Engineer, OSD Limited.

IGU Transmission Committee met in Sydney 20-22 March
With the assistance of Jemena as a sponsor, AGIT hosted the 6th and final meeting of the International Gas Union Transmission Committee for the 2015-2018 Triennium in Sydney, 20 – 22 March 2018.

The committee’s work is important to ensure that the technological, economic, environmental and societal impact of pipeline operations are recognised as part of and contributing to the safe production, transmission distribution and utilisation of gas.

This meeting aimed to finalise the Committee report to the IGU, organising the Transmission presentations at the World Gas Conference and determining the strategic topics and goals for the Committee’s work in the next triennium.

AGIT welcomed the approximately 30 international attendees to our beautiful harbour city. Australian members of the committee include Peter Harcus, General Manager Asset Strategy, Gas at Jemena and Steve Davies, CEO, Australian Pipelines & Gas Association.

18 Feb 2018: APGA is working closely with the Energy Pipelines CRC in its submission to the Federal Government for the new Future Fuels CRC (FFRC). At the time of writing, the decision by the CRC selection panel is being awaited after 8 members of the bid team were interviewed as part of the Stage 2 application on Friday 9 February. The team consisted of industry and research stakeholders who put the case for the FFCRC to the selection panel. Three of the AGIT members (Australian Pipelines & Gas Association, Energy Networks Australia and Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association of Australia) will partner with the new CRC if successful, together with a number of universities to assist the energy sector transition to clean fuels.
16 Jan 2018: Australian Government Gas Acceleration Program. The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science has allocated $26 million funding towards projects with the greatest likelihood of securing new and significant volumes of gas for domestic gas consumers within 36 months (30 June 2020). Accessibility and price of domestic gas have been identified as key risks for Australian business competitiveness and cost of living pressures. Further information and application guidelines are available here.
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18 Dec 2017: ENA releases reports on Decarbonising Australia’s gas networks. The suite of reports look at how innovation in hydrogen injection (in particular power-to-gas), biogas, and carbon capture can assist Australia to decarbonise its energy system by 2050. The reports include notes of the success of and storage in other regions of the world (mainly Europe).
Building on the Gas Vision 2050, co-funded by AGIT, a new study by Deloitte Access Economics assesses how these technologies can be harnessed in Australia to meet our energy needs in a decarbonised future. This report was welcomed by Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel.
In 2018 ENA, CSIRO and industry partners will develop a national hydrogen roadmap to support a domestic hydrogen industry with export potential.
The full Deloitte report Decarbonising Australia’s Gas Distribution Networks can be read here and the summary report here. The Gas Vision 2050 publications can be found here.
12 Dec 2017: The first of the new quarterly AGIT newsletters is available here
1 Dec 2017: The Call for Abstracts for the 19th Liquefied Natural Gas Conference and Exhibition (LNG2019) is now open. The event will be held over 1-5 April 2019 in Shanghai, China. The last event in the LNGX series was held in Perth, Western Australia in 2016. The event is presented by three owners IGU, GTI and IIR. Abstracts are invited from anyone involved the global LNG chain. More information here.
27 Nov 2017: Energy Networks Australia (ENA, a member of AGIT) appoints a new CEO, Mr Andrew Dillon. Read the ENA article here.
18 Nov 2017: Gas takes part at COP23. Natural gas and other green gases were discussed at two events as part of COP23 in Bonn, Germany, 6-17 November 2017. Inside the COP23 tent the Russian pavilion hosted six days of discussions over energy and outside the tent the German Gas Association together with The International Gas Union hosted the International Energy event. See the article in the AGIT newsletter 4Q17.
26 Oct 2017: China was elected to hold the IGU Presidency 2021-24 by the IGU Council at the recent elections in Tokyo. The council of the International Gas Union (IGU) named Ms Li Yalan as President of IGU in the period 2021-2024, with Beijing set to host the 2024 World gas conference. Ms Yalan will also be the first woman to be the IGU President. Read the IGU article here and see article in the AGIT 4Q17 Newsletter.