UEG Storage and Reinjection of Gas
Gas, like many commodities, can be placed in storage facilities for indefinite periods of time and distributed when required. Gas storage plays a crucial role in balancing supply and demand in most gas consuming countries. Gas is injected into storage during periods of low demand and withdrawn from storage during periods of peak demand. Gas storage has an economic importance mainly during winter periods or at times of high demand when gas price increases. Advancements in gas storage technology, specifically around the reinjection of gas for storage, potentially pose increased safety risks.
The Gas IRC has proposed to review and develop the skills needs of gas technicians undertaking storage and reinjection of gas work. This project will review the relevant components of the UEG Gas Industry Training Package to ensure the required industry skills are ‘fit for purpose’ and meet industry regulatory requirements.
The Gas Industry Reference Committee (IRC) will have oversight of this project, which will be facilitated by Australian Industry Standards (AIS) in consultation with industry stakeholders. A Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) will be formed for this project.
Regular updates will be posted on this page throughout the life of the project.
If you have any questions about this project, or are a subject matter expert and would like to be considered for the TAC for this project, please contact the Industry Skills Manager.
Review two existing Units of Competency
Develop three new Units of Competency
The Case for Endorsement is expected to be submitted to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee by 30 June 2021..
How to get involved
A Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) will be formed to provide expertise for this work. If you are a subject matter expert and would like to be considered for the TAC please contact the Industry Skills Manager.
Stakeholder feedback on draft training materials will be sought as part of the development phase of work.
Technical advisory committee
The Gas Industry Reference Committee (IRC) has established a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) for this project.
Comprising four subject matter experts from Industry and a Registered Training Organisation, the TAC has been tasked with:
- Providing specialist industry subject-matter knowledge regarding storage and reinjection of gas to the review and development of Units of Competency, qualifications and Skill Sets
- Validating the technical content of the Training Package products
- Identifying relevant qualitative and quantitative data sources to inform the development of draft materials
- Reviewing feedback from stakeholders through public consultations
- Assisting in identifying and engaging broader industry networks to participate in consultation and/or validation activities during the duration of the project
- Offering advice and guidance to assist in informing the direction of the project throughout its duration.
- Making recommendations on the developed Training Package materials to the relevant IRC, which has the final decision-making authority
The TAC held its first meeting on 5 November 2020.
8 SEPTEMBER 2020
INDUSTRY SUBJECT MATTER EXPERTS NEEDED
Work on this project has commenced and the Gas IRC is forming a TAC.
Your industry expertise and insight are welcome to help review and develop Training Package materials to:
- review two existing Units of Competency
- develop three new Units of Competency
to address the skills needs of gas technicians undertaking storage and reinjection of gas work.
TAC nominations closed on Tuesday, 22 September 2020.
For more information about this project please contact the Industry Manager.
16 DECEMBER 2020
On behalf of the Gas Industry Reference Committee, the TAC has drafted materials for this project and is requesting stakeholder feedback.
The project includes the review of two existing Units of Competency and development of five new Units of Competency addressing the skills required to work in gas storage facilities.
Gas storage plays a crucial role in balancing supply and demand in most gas consuming countries. Advancements in gas storage technology, potentially pose increased safety risks. The project addresses the skills needs for those working in underground and above ground storage facilities, to ensure industry skills minimise safety risks and meet industry regulatory requirements.
Feedback closed Wednesday, 27 January 2021.
Feedback will be collated and discussed at the next TAC meeting.
18 MAY 2021
FINAL DRAFT CASE FOR ENDORSEMENT
The draft Training Package materials have undergone independent edit and quality assurance and have been updated to address skills required to work safely with hydrogen, store and reinject gas in storage facilities, and install and operate data logging equipment.
The Case for Endorsement is scheduled to be submitted to the AISC in June 2021.
4 FEBRUARY 2021
FINAL DRAFT MATERIAL
On behalf of the Gas Industry Reference Committee, the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) has considered all stakeholder feedback and revised draft Training Package materials for the Storage and Reinjection of Gas project.
Storage and Reinjection of Gas – The draft materials include three new Units of Competency and two updated Units of Competency to address advancements in gas storage technology and the skills needs for those working in underground and above ground storage facilities to minimise safety risks and meet industry regulatory requirements. These Units of Competency for underground storage have also been drafted to allow for contextualisation for Carbon Capture Storage which are designed to help accelerate Australia’s decarbonisation.
The TAC agreed to import PMAOPS346 – Operate and troubleshoot liquefaction process to cover the skills needs of performing liquefaction. The competency for regasification will be covered by UEGNSG971Y Control gas processing, storage and regasification operations in a Liquefied Natural Gas storage facility. As a result, UEGNSG984Y Perform liquefaction of natural gas and UEGNSG968Y Perform re-gasification of Liquefied Natural Gas will no longer be included in this project.
The TAC recommended that the new and imported Units of Competency be included as electives in the Certificate III and IV Gas Supply Industry Operations.
Feedback closed Friday, 19 February 2021.
Feedback will be collated and discussed at the next TAC meeting.
30 JUNE 2021
CASE FOR ENDORSEMENT SUBMITTED TO AISC
The Gas Industry Reference Committee has submitted the Case for Endorsement and draft Training Package materials to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) for their consideration.
If approved, this Case for Endorsement will result in 14 new Units of Competency and three new Skill Sets, three updated qualifications and 18 revised units.
Thank you to all stakeholders who provided valuable feedback and contributed to this project.
Industry Skills Manager - ESI Generation, Gas Supply