AGA’s 2018 Industry Forum on the 27th & 28th November was a great success! This year’s theme was “The Future of Gas” where Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel set the scene at the Welcome Dinner with his inspirational and captivating key note presentation. Dr Finkel highlighted the opportunities with Hydrogen as a zero carbon emission fuel, and walked us through Hydrogen’s important transitional role into the future.
AGA’s Chairman, Mr Chris Devlin delivered the opening address to kick off the forum’s plenary session outlining AGA’s future vision for our gas industry.
Each presenter continued to take us on a journey by piecing the H2 puzzle together from our upstream, downstream and related gas sectors. AEMO’s David Swift gave us a snapshot of the security and supply of Natural Gas up to the year 2030. This was followed by ENA’s Dennis Van Puyvelde’s insightful presentation, which looked into Hydrogen as a fuel as we approach the year 2050.
CSRIO’s Max Temminghoff then eloquently walked us through the National Hydrogen Roadmap by looking into pathways to an economically sustainable Hydrogen industry. Claire Johnson from Hydrogen Mobility Australia continued on to give us a refreshing presentation on the rapid evolution of Hydrogen in the mobility sector.
AGIG’s Vikram Singh proceeded to discuss the exciting plans to make our Hydrogen theories and discussions a reality with the Hydrogen Park SA (Hyp SA) Demonstration Plant project. Mr Singh described challenges and timeframes involved with such a momentous project.
Mr Enzo Alfonzetti continued on with an informative presentation as the Chairman of the Gas Technical Regulators Committee (GTRC). Mr Alfonzetti described the current regulatory landscape for gas appliances including the new Gas Scheme Rules.
The forum continued to address issues facing our LPG sector of our industry as presented by Gas Energy Australia’s, Mr John Griffiths. Mr Griffiths provided a much needed update regarding the transition from the problematic LPG Type 21 cylinder connection to the new QCC.
The final presentation was delivered by our own Group Manager, Technical Operations, Mr Bill Tabourlos. Mr Tabourlos provided a detailed insight covering the science when looking into transitioning from Natural Gas to Hydrogen. In particular, Bill dissected each of the chemical properties of Natural Gas and Hydrogen and related these to appliance design.
The Forum’s master of ceremonies was AGA’s Managing Director and CEO, Mr Chris Wealthy who brought the entire forum’s proceedings together.
We were delighted to have a record number of AGA members attend including international delegates from Japan, Korea and China. We are also pleased to have most of our state, territory and federal government and regulatory authorities attend covering appliance safety and performance.
Finally, a big thank you to our sponsors who made the 2018 AGA Industry Forum possible!
Peter’s family and many of his friends filled the Holy Family Catholic Church in Stephensons Rd Mt Waverley on 8th November 2018 to celebrate the life of Peter Quinn. With his intellect, knowledge, care, compassion, kind nature and humour Peter touched the lives of many of those who had the good fortune to know him. Peter spent most of his adult life working in the gas industry, helping it to become safer for its customers and fairer for those working within it.
Peter was a larger than life character with a wicked sense of humour. He was a great teacher and was always delighted to see young people learn and grow. Peter worked in the Gas & Fuel Laboratory for many years and became well known and respected for his technical knowledge and commitment to consumer safety. Peter also spent time in the Gas & Fuel’s industrial relations area and eventually became Manager Human Resources Department. When the Gas & Fuel Corporation was sold Peter joined the Australian Gas Association (AGA) as its Certifications Manager, a position from which he successfully drove many safety-related reforms.
Peter was known for his down-to-earth approach and was always focussed on the safety outcome rather than the means by which it was achieved. Peter was appointed to the AGA Board as a Director in 2006 and retired from full-time employment in February 2008. Peter continued to serve on the Board until 2009. Peter made a major contribution to the gas industry and enhanced the lives of many of those he met.
Quinnie as he was affectionately known to many will be sorely missed and our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his beloved wife Rion and his family.
Please note that a new mandatory regulatory requirement will come into effect from 1st January 2019. All gas appliances certified on or after 1st January 2019 must display the regulatory Gas Compliance Mark (GCM).
All current certifications, and new certifications issued prior to 1st January 2019 must comply with ‘The Rules’ by 1st January 2020. Gas components are not required to display the GCM. The GCM must be applied to the appliance data plate or as a separate marking (label) on the appliance.
For the convenience of our customers the GCM (labels) are available to purchase through us. We have stock of GCM labels which are resistant to water, oil, detergent, UV radiation, excessive fading and operating temperatures, and have been printed in strict accordance with the GTRC Style Guide.
We have two types of GCM available for sale. Please contact our office for more details.
The following draft Standards are out for public comment:
AS/NZS 5263.1.11 (Gas appliances, Part 1.11: Small gas engine driven appliances)
Public comment ending on 13th December 2018.
AS/NZS 5263.1.9 (Gas appliances, Part 1.9: Gas Laundry Dryers)
Public comment ending on 24th December 2018.
AS/NZS 5263.1.5 (Gas Appliances, Part 1.5: Domestic Gas Refrigerators)
Public comment ending on 24th December 2018.
If you would like to submit any comments, you may forward them to our Group Manager, Technical Operations, Mr Bill (Vasilios) Tabourlos [firstname.lastname@example.org], or directly through the Standards Australia website: Click Here