New technology that can be operated remotely and increases the rate of loading and unloading of pipe has won a key pipeline industry safety award.
It was among a raft of initiatives and high achievers recognised with awards during the 2019 APGA (Australian Pipelines and Gas Association) Annual Convention and Exhibition in Adelaide.
The 2019 APGA Safety Award went to Qube, which teamed up with Vacuworx to develop a multi-lift vacuum unit which can eliminate and minimise risks associated with pipe handling on board vessels during discharge, and in storage yards.
The multi-lifter can be operated remotely through wireless technology, eliminating the need for hooks, slings or chains, and for a tag line of operators on the ground or in the hold of vessels.
The process also eliminates the risk of damage to delicate materials and bonded coatings on the pipe.
The 2019 APGA Environment Award went to APA Group for developing its Site Planning and Landscape Guidelines to address land use issues and improve the environmental values of the land over pipeline easements.
Former APA chief executive officer Mick McCormack’s high-profile career in Australia’s gas transmission pipelines was recognised through the award of Honorary Life Membership of APGA.
Phil Colvin won the APGA 2019 Outstanding Contribution to the Australian Pipeline Industry Award after spending more than 30 years promoting, protecting and advancing the pipelines and gas industry.
Quanta Services Australia president Mark Bumpstead won the APGA 2019 Jeff Shepherd Award for Construction Excellence.
There were two winners announced for the 2019 APGA Young Achievement Award: Brendan McGuckin from MPC Kinetic and Richard Morgan from APA Group.