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APPEA Onshore Gas Conference Adelaide

Graham Marshall - Monday, August 26, 2013

The 2013 APPEA Onshore Gas Conference will take place in 2013 in Adelaide on 1st - 2nd October.

The Conference bills itself as the one event anyone serious about doing business in Australia's growing onshore gas market should attend.

APPEA has just released the program for the Onshore Gas Conference and Exhibition.

Key speakers include:

•  The Hon Jay Weatherill MP, Premier of South Australia;

•  The Hon Adam Giles MLA, Chief Minister, Northern Territory;

•  Martin Ferguson AM MP, Member for Batman;

•  David Byers, Chief Executive, APPEA;

•  James Baulderstone, Vice President, Eastern Australia, Santos Limited;

•  Rod Duke, Vice President Downstream GLNG, Santos Limited;

•  Derek Fisher, Managing Director, QGC, A BG Group Business;

•  Page Maxson, Chief Executive Officer, Australia Pacific LNG;

•  Reg Nelson, Managing Director, Beach Energy Limited;

•  Central Australia Asset Manager, Chevron Australia;

•  Kevin Stevenson, Central Australia Asset Manager, Chevron;

•  Dr Paul Vogel, Chairman, Environmental Protection Authority of Western Australia; and

•  Paul Zealand, Chief Executive Officer Upstream, Origin Energy Limited

Our Natural Advantage Campaign

Graham Marshall - Monday, July 29, 2013

According to the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA), Australia’s natural gas industry created an estimated 100,000 jobs in 2012.

The energy industry  is also investing more than $200 billion on projects across the Australia

Regardless of the economic benefits and the jobs for Australians, our industry is faced with a long running, organized, and well-resourced green smear campaign.

The aim of these anti-development critics is to stop nation-building resource projects across Australia.

Their campaign here in Australia is based upon misinformation; and worse still it is often unfounded and unchallenged to the point where eco-activism is determining Government policy.

It is putting the future of Australian natural gas development, jobs and local investment at risk.

As such APPEA launched "Our Natural Advantage" - an advertising and information campaign to increase public awareness of and public support for our industry’s natural gas activities.

At the Risk Management Tool Box Pty Ltd, we pledge 100per cent support to the "Our atural Advantage" Campaign.

We ask that you also show your support for our the Australian Energy industry by visiting

You can sign the petition and help APPEA top defend Australia's natural advantage and secure a brighter future for our country.

Natural gas is at the heart of our Australian way of life.

It heats our homes and powers our kitchens and industries.

We can't afford to lose it.

In support of APPEA.

APPEA National Safety Conference 2013

Graham Marshall - Monday, June 17, 2013

This year's APPEA National Safety Conference is scheduled for Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th August 2013.

It will take place at the Crown Perth, Burswood, Western Australia. 

The APPEA National Safety Conference is the Australian energy sectors premier safety conference

It provides an essential forum for the industry to share knowledge, learning, and expertise.

The theme for the 2013 Conference is "Protecting your team: who are you responsible for"?

Keynote speakers including Professor Sidney Dekker from Griffith University in Queensland.

Professor Dekker is acclaimed worldwide for his ground breaking work in human factors and safety.

There will also be international speakers from the UK and BP on global work post Macondo and on process safety.
The program promises to be relevant and informative to a wide range of people with an interest in health and safety in the oil and gas industry.

Protecting your team APPEA HSE Forum

Graham Marshall - Sunday, June 09, 2013

The APPEA Health and Safety Representative' Forum will be held at the Perth Crown, Burswood, Western Australia on Monday 5 August 2013.

The forum leads into the APPEA National Oil & Gas Safety Conference over following days.

This is the only safety forum in Australia specifically programmed for the oil and gas HSRs.

All HSRs and safety personnel in the Australian oil and gas industry are invited to attend the 2013 Forum.

The Forum provides a great opportunity for HSRs from  the Australian energy sector to network, develop skills and share workplace experiences, issues and solutions.

This day will assist HSRs and the workforce to perform their role effectively and contribute to improved safety and health performance.

The Risk Tool Box encourages oil and gas operators and employers to promote attendance of their HSRs and safety workforce.

Dropped Drill Pipe on Landrig

Graham Marshall - Friday, May 17, 2013
The incident alert below serves as an additional warning to rig-crews on land-based rigs about the ever-present danger of a dropped drill pipe.

In this incident, a 150kg pipe fell about 6' to the drill floor after becoming unattached from a wire-line hook-up arrangement.

As expected in incidents of this type, a key critical failure resulted from a Procedural failure; which once again highlights the critical importance of having, and following drilling and completions Standard Operating Procedures.

Dangerous Vehicle Recovery

Graham Marshall - Thursday, April 25, 2013
The danger's of recovering vehicle's are highlighted in this safety alert from Santos and APPEA.

In the incident, a chain hook parted resulting in a chain "whipping" through the windscreen of the vehicle and narrowly missing the driver.

The alert highlights once again the critical need to follow appropriate Procedures for higher-risk jobs and to ensure that a real-time assessment is made which highlights the necessary controls to be used.

Dropped Pipe Bundle on Rig

Graham Marshall - Monday, April 22, 2013

This safety alert from Vermillion Energy and APPEA highlights how a bundle of 5-inch 19.5 lb/ft drill pipe tipped and was dropped onto the deck during a lifting operation.

This could have been a very nasty accident, so lessons need to be learned and disseminated across the marine drilling industry to avoid a repetition.

Dropped Object on Rig

Graham Marshall - Saturday, April 20, 2013

The dangers of dropped objects during rig work is highlighted by this Safety Alert from APPEA.

In the incident, a cheater bar was placed into an open mess-sided cage which allowed the bar to slip out and fall to the drill floor.

Dropped Rod Pipe from Mast

Graham Marshall - Tuesday, April 16, 2013

This safety alert from Arrow Energy highlights the importance of proper procedures to follow during well drilling and completions or work-over operations.

In this incident a rod pipe was allowed to fall to the ground, narrowly missing a rig-hand.

Importance of Securing Loads

Graham Marshall - Monday, April 08, 2013

All loads, whether large or small should be adequately secured when being transported by road.

The Origin Energy safety alert shown below highlights how packing crates which are not fit for purpose, or have become unfit for purpose over time can become dangerous in themselves.

The incident shows how a  part of the packing crate disintegrated and was ejected from a moving vehicle on a highway in Queensland Australia.

This high-potential incident could have led to disastrous consequences, but in this instance, luck intervened and no other road users were harmed.

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