Every industry has their own key ingredient to ensure future success. The IT sector has the human thirst for the next best thing, construction has the sheer amount of land available in Australia, energy has the enduring need to be more efficient, so what does the oil and gas industry have? The essential infrastructure we all need.
In keeping the oil flowing and the gas pumping are the kilometres of pipelines stretching across countries all over the world. As these pipes snake across landscapes to ensure oil and gas gets to wherever they’re needed, here in Australia there is an extra piece of guidance to support their rollout.
This guidance takes the form of the 2885 series of standards which guides the safe design, construction, inspection, testing, operation and maintenance of onshore and submarine pipeline systems.
Why is this important?
The standards in this series are fundamental in protecting the public and professionals in the pipeline sector, as well as improving security of supply and protection of the environment.
There is a constant push for more efficiency, less damage, more comfort, and less of a footprint in all things energy related particularly in the more traditional areas of energy use in Australia. While these are all worthwhile endeavours the oil and gas sector in Australia remains a huge economic powerhouse in terms of GDP and direct and indirect jobs.
Standards in this space play a unique role to all other influencers in the sector. The 2885 series considers the professionals and the public involved, while the oil and gas products can continue their job of fuelling our economy.
Where professionals need safety guidance; the public needs assurance; the environment needs consideration; and the economy needs fuel, standards are front and centre and the 2885 series is no exception.
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