Industry innovations recognised at gas conference

industryA number of Australian gas innovators were recognised at the Australian Gas Innovation Awards in Perth this month, with Essential Project Solutions’ remote subsea cleaning machine taking out the top prize in the commercial category.
The remote subsea cleaning device is a low cost, time-efficient alternative to current chain cleaning methods that uses high pressure water to remove marine growth and allows inspection of links for signs of deterioration.
Part of the Australian Gas Technology Conference and Exhibition (AGT), the innovation awards noted significant achievements in the pre-commercial category, which included two entries from researchers at the University of Western Australia (UWA).
Professor Liang Cheng was awarded for his team’s O-tube program, which is creating new techniques for the stability design of seabed infrastructure.
David White from UWA’s Centre of Offshore Foundation accepted the award for his team’s Hemiball Penetrometer, which allows characterisation of shallow seabed layers for the laying of pipelines. According to event director Bill Hare, the awards are designed to raise awareness of innovation as well as maximise the commercialisation of ideas through links between industry and research.
“Australia is at the forefront of innovation in the LNG industry and the finalists honoured last night represent just a sample of the extraordinary range of innovative products and technologies coming into the market,” he said.