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2010 ANNUAL REPORT

Pipeline Licence 18

QSN Pipeline

Document Number : Q-02-102-AR-G-001.

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Table of Contents 1 PURPOSE .............................................................................................................................. 4

2 SCOPE ................................................................................................................................... 4

3 TECHNICAL ASPECTS ...................................................................................................... 4

4 OPERATIONAL & MAINTENANCE ACTIVITIES - 2010 .............................................. 4

5 INCIDENT REPORTING ................................................................................................... 10

6 LAND MANAGEMENT .................................................................................................... 11

7 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT ............................................................................. 12

8 EMERGENCY RESPONSE ............................................................................................... 12

9 REGULATORY COMPLIANCE ....................................................................................... 12

10 RISK MANAGEMENT................................................................................................... 13

11 MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AUDITS ............................................................................ 13

12 REPORTS GENERATED DURING THE REPORTING PERIOD ............................... 15

13 VOLUME OF PRODUCT TRANSPORTED ................................................................. 15

14 PROPOSED OPERATIONAL ACTIVITIES FOR 2011 ............................................... 15

15 STATEMENT OF EXPENDITURE ............................................................................... 15

16 KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS ......................................................................... 16

17 CONCLUSION ................................................................................................................ 16

Appendix A – Assessment of Declared Objectives .................................................................... 17

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LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS ALARP As Low As Reasonably Practical AS2885 Australian Standard 2885 – Pipelines-Gas and Liquid Petroleum AVT Accuracy Verification Test CMMS Computerized Maintenance Management System (MAXIMO) CP Cathodic Protection DCVG Direct Current Voltage Gradient EMS Environmental Management System ERE Emergency Response Exercise GPS Geographical Positioning System HAZOP Hazard Operability HELM Heritage, Environmental and Land Management HSE Health Safety and Environment LMS Land Management System MAP Moomba to Adelaide Pipeline MSP Moomba to Sydney Pipeline MLV Mainline Valve PIRSA Primary Industries and Resources of South Australia PL18 Pipeline Licence Number 18 ROW Right of Way SCADA Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition SEO Statement of Environmental Objectives SMS Safety Management System SWQP South West Queensland Pipeline

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1 PURPOSE This report is submitted in accordance with the requirements of Pipeline Licence 18 and the South Australian Petroleum & Geothermal Energy Act & Regulations 2000. 2 SCOPE The QSN natural gas transmission pipeline system is owned, operated and maintained by Epic Energy. This report reviews operations carried out during 2010 and the intended operations for 2011. In accordance with the Petroleum & Geothermal Energy Act & Regulations 2000, a performance assessment is also provided with regard to the Statement of Environmental Objectives, for the QSN Pipeline. 3 TECHNICAL ASPECTS Table 1 provides technical information on the QSN Pipeline. The pipeline runs from the South Australian / Queensland border to Moomba and was constructed in accordance with AS 2885.

Table 1 QSN Pipeline Technical Information Date Constructed 2008 Date Commissioned January 2009 Length 182km External Diameter 406.4mm

Wall Thickness - Normal - Heavy Wall (creek beds, roads)

8.1 mm 9.7 mm

Pipe Grade API 5L X70 MAOP 15,300kPa Fluid Natural Gas Coating 3LPE Main Line Valves Single MLV at KP 101 Scraper Stations Scraper facilities installed within

Moomba Meter Station

Meter Stations Single Meter Station at Moomba – provides gas to both MAP & MSP

4 OPERATIONAL & MAINTENANCE ACTIVITIES - 2010

4.1.1 Risk Management Review The QSN pipeline system was constructed in 2008, formal risk assessments, reviews and analysis were completed as part of the design, construction and commissioning process. The issues raised in these risk assessments were addressed as required

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under AS2885 and under the South Australian Petroleum & Geothermal Energy Act 2000 approval process. The next formal risk assessment is due in 2013. 4.1.2 Training Epic Energy is committed to developing the skills of all employees and contractors to meet the operational and technical needs of its business. In- house staff training during 2010 was delivered using a combination of self paced modules and group presentations, using either a training service provider or suitably skilled Epic Energy personnel. In addition to internal training, staff attended a range of external courses, conferences and seminars selected to further enhance their knowledge of the natural gas and liquid hydrocarbon pipeline transmission industry. The range of training staff attended during 2010 included; "A" Grade Electrical Worker's Licence "B" Grade Electrical Worker's Licence 2WD Defensive Driving 4WD Operate Light Vehicle PMASUP236A ACA Corrosion & Prevention Conference AS 2885.3 Pipelines Gas & Liquid Petroleum - O & M AS 2885 Introduction to AS 2885 and the Australian Pipeline Industry AutoCAD Essentials/Learning AutoCAD Basic Fire Prevention & Control (Extinguishers)/Refresher (Phase 3) Business Writing Certificate IV in Facilitation Certificate IV in Training & Assessment Certificate IV OH&S Part 1 Chem-cert Accreditation RTC3704A Prepare & Apply Chemicals & RTC3705A Transport Citect SCADA/Vijeo Citect Configuration Combustion Basics Confined Space Awareness CPR Crane (Pendant) Shift Loads Using Gantry Equipment TLID4307B Crane Operator Certificate of Competency CV HIAB Defect Assessment in Pipeline Dogging Certificate DG Drugs & Alcohol EEHA Installation and Maintenance Elevated Work Platform - Practical/Logbook EWP OHSCER235A Elevated Work Platform -Theory EWP OHSCER235A Emergency Response Training Environmental Work Procedures Equal Employment Opportunity, Discrimination, Harassment & Bullying Excavation of Pipelines

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Fast track Apply First Aid Fire Trial Evacuation Exercise (Phase 2) Fire/Floor Warden Training (Phase 1) Forklift Operator Certificate of Competency LF Fuelling Australia in 2020 to 2030 Gas Detection - Santos (Epic SA & Qld) GBM Mobile Data Capture training Hazardous Materials (MSDS) Health & Safety Representative Level 1 - SA Heat Stress Hot-Tapping of Pipelines, Practices and Procedures How to Effectively Manage Multiple Locations HSE New Starter Intro Hydrostatic Testing & Commissioning Instrument/Electrical Basics Isolation & Tagging Electrical Equipment Job Hazard Analysis LMS Computer Training Low Risk Driving Course Low Voltage Rescue Manual Handling Maximo - CIM Planning and Scheduling Maximo 7.1 - FMO Maximo 7.1 - Reporting/SQL Mercury Awareness National Greenhouse & Energy Reporting (NGER) Workshop National Pollutant Inventory (NPI) - Online Reporting System Nipping Problems in the bud and complaint handling Operations Field Induction Permit to Work Personnel Movement Tracking Pipe Location - General Epic Module Pipeline Corrosion and Integrity Management Pipeline Crossing Practices & Procedures Pipeline Surveillance and Easem*nt Activities Pipeline System Components Introduction Pipeline Voice Communications Presenting your Sock Off Preventing Discrimination & Harassment Process & Instrumentation Diagrams and Drawings Professional Presentations Rehabilitation & Return to Work Coordinator Scaffolding - Erect & dismantle RESTRICTED Senior First Aid Full Certificate SA Senior First Aid Refresher SA Snake Awareness Training - Online The Atmosphere & Working With Gases The Pipeline Industry - Essential to the Gas Industry Third Party Works Trimble Nomad - Defect Location or pipeline repair

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Understanding Pipeline Licensee & Owner Obligations Valve Training WH&S Rep 30630 QLD White Card - National OHS Common Industry Induction Working at Heights Working in Remote Locations Working Safely Near Pipelines & Pipeline Infrastructure Work zone Traffic Management Xinfo – User

4.2 OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE ACTIVITIES All routine and corrective maintenance activities are specified in Epic Energy’s CMMS [Computerized Maintenance Management System - MAXIMO] and scheduled by this system which generates work orders for maintenance staff to complete. Some of the preventative maintenance activities scheduled included:

• Pipeline surveillance (Aerial/road)

• Two monthly CP system transformer rectifier unit inspections

• Six monthly CP system full line surveys

• DCVG surveys

• Six monthly inspection and servicing of all portable fire extinguishers

• Six monthly mechanical inspections, operational checks & servicing of equipment at all MLV and scraper station sites

• Six monthly Pig vessel maintenance and checks

• Quarterly, six monthly and annual meter station and MLV servicing covering: - pressure reduction regulators - relief valves, - Isolation valves and their associated actuators, - filter inspection/changes. (Generally based on condition) - SCADA system pressure, flow and temperature instrumentation calibration - un-interruptible power supply and battery maintenance - fire and natural gas detection equipment testing and calibration - Pressure vessel inspections (using suitably accredited external contractors) - Meter station emergency shutdown system testing. - Routine electrical hazardous area equipment inspections and maintenance. - Routine electrical appliance and equipment testing with timings as per the

relevant Australian standards

• Annual communications system un-interruptible power supply and battery maintenance

• Routine meter station custody transfer equipment AVT calibrations and checks with frequencies determined by the relevant contracts.

• Annual Emergency response equipment inspections

• Land owner pipeline awareness visits A description of the Operations and Maintenance activities for 2010 is provided below.

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4.2.1 Pipeline Patrol Activities In 2010 routine bi-monthly helicopter patrols and an annual roads patrol were completed on the QSN Pipeline, additional unscheduled helicopter patrols were carried out after heavy rains and severe flooding of several areas. Patrols were completed in accordance with AS 2885.3 requirements ensuring the following:

• Signage is in suitable condition and if not, repairs are affected as soon as is practically possible. Any issues not addressed during the patrol are fed back into the CMMS.

• Soil erosion due to wind and water is addressed and restored in accordance with the SEO there was no loss of the pipeline depth of cover reported during 2010.

• There are no leaks occurring at any of the pipeline facilities or along the pipeline route.

• All sites are secure and kept in a good, clean and tidy state.

• Maintenance activities including inspections of above ground pipe coating condition, fences, gates, padlocks, signage, fire extinguishers, weeding and other housekeeping activities are addressed at the meter station and pressure reduction facility associated with the pipeline.

In 2010 there were no significant issues identified during any of the scheduled patrols. A review on the type and frequencies of pipeline surveillance activities will be carried

out after construction of the new QSN3 pipeline running parallel within the existing QSN pipeline easem*nt, scheduled for completion in 2011. 4.2.2 Leakage Detection Epic Energy monitors the QSN pipeline for leakage remotely from TSCC and during the routine ground patrols as staff travel along the pipeline. Field staff looks for signs of gas leakage such as dust plumes, the sound of escaping gas and dead or dying vegetation while staff at TSCC monitors the system pressures, flows and alarms which have been set and fine tuned to indicate leaks in the system. If a significant leak occurred on the QSN pipeline system a leak detection model used by the Epic Energy Control Room would detect the loss allowing isolation of the pipeline in a timely manner. During 2010 there were no instances of any leaking valves or equipment on the QSN Link pipeline. 4.2.3 Coatings No DCVG Survey was carried out on the QSN Link pipeline in 2010 with the last DCVG Coating condition survey carried out during commissioning of the pipeline in 2008. The next DCVG survey is scheduled to be completed in 2013 in accordance with the Epic Energy Integrity management Plan and the Maintenance Program.

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4.2.4 Cathodic Protection The full line on/off potential survey of the QSN Pipeline carried out in February 2010 revealed adequate levels of cathodic protection are apparent along the entire pipe length. All instantaneous off potential levels were recorded in excess of the minimum accepted criterion for protection of -0.85 volts versus a copper/copper sulphate reference electrode. This pipeline is considered to be satisfactorily protected. 4.2.5 Electrical & Instrumentation Maintenance Activities Accuracy Verification Tests were carried out in line with Epic’s maintenance management system. There were no significant issues associated with the gas metering. Electrical compliance testing was carried out on all portable electrical equipment and residual current devices (RCD’s) at all sites. Routine six monthly meter station maintenance was carried out in this reporting period. This involved calibration of all non-billing transmitters, testing all remotely operated valves, calibration of all switches and testing of all associated systems. There were no significant electrical instrumentation faults reported in 2010. 4.2.6 Mechanical Maintenance activities All routine mechanical maintenance activities were completed as scheduled on the QSN Pipeline system. This work involved MLV servicing, station dust filter inspection/replacement, vessel door closure maintenance, coalescing filter inspection/maintenance and pig launcher/receiver maintenance. Routine inspection and maintenance was carried out on the pressure regulation/pressure relief systems and ESD valves at all Meter Stations on a 6 monthly basis. Maintenance tasks for the pressure control systems consisted of the inspection/overhaul of regulator seats, pilots and instrumentation filters to ensure correct operation of set points of the active/monitor and bypass regulation systems. Pressure Safety Valves were also checked to confirm correct set point, operation and alarming functions. Where applicable, overpressure isolation valve functions are tested to ensure satisfactory operation. All routine 6 monthly maintenance is documented via Epic Energy’s computerized asset management system (Maximo) and file copies are located within the central filing system. All buildings and structures are inspected and maintained as part of routine maintenance procedures and confirmed in sound condition. No significant issues were reported or other significant maintenance was carried out during this period, minor reactive faults where tended to as soon as practicable without incident.

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4.2.7 Communications All pipeline facilities control and monitoring functions are communicated to the central control system located in Melbourne Victoria, the communications link is essential for the safe monitoring and control of the pipeline During the reporting period, a number of minor system faults restricted site communications for short periods associated with SCADA across the pipeline. All issues were addressed by the maintenance staff with no significant interruptions to the SCADA system data acquisition from the site, and no effect on operational safety. 4.2.8 QSN3 Project. The QSN3 project to construct a 937 kilometer of 450mm diameter looping pipeline between Wallumbilla in Queensland and Moomba in South Australia to transport coal seam gas from Queensland to the Moomba Adelaide Pipeline and the Moomba to Sydney Pipeline via the Moomba meter station facility in SA commenced in 2010. Ninety (90) kilometers of this pipeline looping will be constructed in South Australia parallel to the existing QSN Pipeline (PL18) and within the existing easem*nt. Limited project activity was carried out on the South Australian section in 2010, this section of project construction activity is scheduled to carried out in 2011 with a completion time for first gas in January 2012. Minor activity in the Moomba area during 2010 included :

• Survey works.

• Geotech activities.

• Removal and erection of temporary fencing.

• Placement of hard stand material.

• Excavation for footings

• Compaction.

Additional resources have been employed by Epic Energy Operations & Maintenance for the duration of the project to inspect and supervise project work within the existing easem*nt under the Epic Energy PTW and Safe Work System. 5 INCIDENT REPORTING There have been no reportable incidents in relation to PL18 during the 2010 reporting period.

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6 LAND MANAGEMENT 6.1 Land Owner Liaisons There is eight land parcels owned by four individual landowner and occupier along the QSN Pipeline. The landowners on the pipeline were visited during the year and a questionnaire was completed. The questions were centered on awareness of the pipeline location and their responsibilities with respect to works in the pipeline vicinity. As part of Epic Energy’s continuous improvement program for pipeline awareness the landowner was posted two letters during the year containing information on pipeline safety and the responsibilities landowners have to ensure no safety breaches occur on their properties. An Epic Energy 2011 calendar reminding the landowner of pipeline safety was also forwarded in December 2010. 6.2 Pipeline Safety Awareness Epic Energy implements a Community Awareness Program, which entails holding regular meetings with relevant parties along the pipeline route. To adequately protect the various pipeline infrastructure that Epic Energy operates and maintains in South Australia Epic Energy have set a target of 40 meetings annually with public authorities, utilities, and emergency service organizations, including contractors to these organizations wherever possible.

The presentations focus on the general properties of natural gas, the process of gas transmission by pipeline, location of Epic Energy’s high pressure gas pipelines in the regions concerned, correct procedures when working within gas pipeline easem*nts, pipeline threats and dealing with emergency situations. There were no Community Awareness Programs run on the QSN Link Pipeline during the reporting period. 6.3 Pipeline Location and Referral services Epic Energy provides a free “dial before you dig” service which third parties can call to locate any pipeline infrastructure prior to undertaking any digging. The service is primarily used by other companies and third parties carrying out civil works in the vicinity of the pipelines. There were no DBYD requests for pipeline location and information regarding the QSN Pipeline (PL18) during 2010.

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7 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT During the reporting period all of environmental requirements as detailed in the Statement of Environmental Objectives were complied with. Appendix A contains the “Assessment of Declared Objectives” completed for the QSN Link pipeline. 8 EMERGENCY RESPONSE

The Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Regulations require that an Emergency Response Exercise is to be conducted on the Beverley Pipeline once every two years, and that a set of Emergency Response procedures is to be developed and maintained. These procedures are detailed in Epic Energy’s “Emergency Response Manual”.

The most recent Emergency Response Exercise for PL18 was completed on the 2nd April 2009 with a report submitted to PIRSA within two months of completing the exercise.

Epic Energy carried out two desk top emergency exercises in 2010, although the drills were associated with other pipeline licences, they continue to enhance the training and preparation of the same personnel working on the Beverley Pipeline in emergency situations. The objectives of the exercises were to test procedures and personnel in several areas, including:

• Response to Alarms generated from the SCADA System

• A revised Emergency Response Plan

• Accessing areas affected by adverse conditions (flooding)

• Testing and training of personnel in newly designated positions in understanding of roles and responsibilities during an emergency

9 REGULATORY COMPLIANCE Every endeavour is made to ensure that design, manufacture, construction, operation, maintenance and testing of all appropriate facilities, is carried out in accordance with the relevant Acts of Parliament, licence conditions and AS 2885. Epic Energy attends quarterly compliance meetings with PIRSA, where operational regulatory compliance is discussed in an open manner. Epic Energy maintains a compliance database, Safety Wise, which tracks legislative compliance throughout the organisation. Obligations are assigned to responsible staff, who must supply evidence that the obligation has been satisfied within a specified time period. Epic Energy is not aware of any regulatory non compliance for this pipeline, and believes it is fulfilling its obligations in relation to the following requirements:

• The Petroleum & Geothermal Act & Regulations 2000

• The Pipeline Licence (PL18)

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• The Statement of Environmental Objectives Epic Energy maintains an action tracking system for improvements to its systems, which is fully traceable through to close out of individual items. Significant items are reported through to PIRSA, and would be raised at the quarterly compliance meetings held between PIRSA and Epic Energy. There have not been any significant items during this reporting period. Changes in legislation are tracked and communicated through a legal compliance committee which meets on a monthly basis. 10 RISK MANAGEMENT

Epic Energy incorporates risk management into operational processes and strategies in accordance with AS/NZS ISO 31000.

An Enterprise Wide Risk Management approach is taken with the framework for risk management overseen by a Risk Management Committee.

Epic Energy undertakes a variety of risk assessments from high level corporate approach through to operational level assessments.

Epic Energy utilizes the following risk management strategies to minimize pipeline risks to ALARP.

• Aerial and ground surveillance of the pipeline system

• Induction processes, Safe Work Systems, including Permit to Work

• Programmed routine maintenance activities to ensure all of the pipeline facilities are maintained in accordance with best industry practices and the relevant codes and standards that apply

• Design change control

• In accordance with AS2885 Epic Energy conducts 5 yearly metre by metre risk assessment reviews

• Pipeline & Safety awareness program

• Land ownership and use notification system

• Landholder and stakeholder contact program

• Participation in state forums for external risk management

• Free “1100” Dial before You Dig information system

• 11 MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AUDITS 11.1 Environmental An environmental risk assessment was completed in March, which has enabled the compilation of a comprehensive environmental risk register. This involved risk ranking the impact of Epic’s activities on the environment and identify priority areas for action.

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Environmental work procedures and work instructions have been reviewed and these have been rolled out via training of superintendents and field staff. 11.2 Health and Safety A new Permit to Work and Job Hazard Analysis system has been introduced, with the commencement of training and roll out into the field taking place in 2010. Implementation of the system will continue into 2011. This new process improves the standard of risk assessment, hazard identification and the management of hazards within operational areas. Site Hazard Registers were developed for all the Compressor and Meter Stations across the QSN Pipeline. A Health and Well Being program has been rolled out across Epic Energy, which includes personal health assessments, workshops and health information notice boards. A third party external audit report of the Safety Management System was completed in January 2010 by an independent audit service provider, Epic has prioritised the 94 actions were identified during this external audit (across all pipelines) and Epic Energy is gradually working its way through implementing these recommendations. In addition, internal audits of Epic Energy’s Safety Management System (SMS) continue on annual basis, with 8 of the 16 SMS Standards audited during the year. These included the following topics;

• SMS 5 Employee Involvement

• SMS 7 Contract & Support Services

• SMS 9 Safe Operational Procedures

• SMS 10 Maintenance Inspection Testing

• SMS12 Management of Change

• SMS 13 Emergency Response

• SMS 14 Health System

• SMS 15 Incident Reporting and Investigation

The internal audits highlighted some areas for improvement which Epic Energy is in the process of undertaking. 11.3 Management Audit Epic Energy completed a number of audits during 2010, these were a combination of Epic’s internal audit program, external audits by industry experts initiated by Epic Energy. The following topic areas were subject to audit during 2010;

• Buried Compressor Station Pipe Integrity

• MAOP Review

• Management of Change – technical

• Overpressure & Safety Critical Maintenance Audit

• Emergency Management Equipment Audit

• Safety Interaction Audits

• CRS Audit (billing system)

• Emergency Management Plan

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• TSCC Disaster Recovery

• Pipeline Awareness Program Audit

• Personnel Tracking Movement

• Compliance with NGERS Reporting

• SA Land Tenure audit

The auditing program offers the opportunity to identify and promote continual improvement within Epic Energy and completion of these audits is recognized as a key performance indicator by the board of directors.. 12 REPORTS GENERATED DURING THE REPORTING PERIOD The following reports were generated and forwarded to PIRSA during the reporting period; PL18 2009 Annual Report 13 VOLUME OF PRODUCT TRANSPORTED 13,427.157 TJ of natural gas was transported through the QSN pipeline during the 2010 period. 14 PROPOSED OPERATIONAL ACTIVITIES FOR 2011 During 2011, the following activities are proposed for the QSN Pipeline:

• Complete all scheduled routine maintenance activities and corrective maintenance identified

• Submission of a 2010 Annual Report

• Construction of a new pipeline (QSN3) parallel to the QSN and within the existing pipeline easem*nt.

• Upgrade of the Moomba meter station facilities.

• Tie in of the QSN3 pipeline to MLV1. 15 STATEMENT OF EXPENDITURE Commercial in confidence

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16 KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS The following key performance indicators have previously been established to monitor performance of operations and maintenance activities on the QSN Pipeline. 2010

Target 2010

Actual 2010 Comment

Cathodic Protection Percentage of the pipeline protected as required by AS2885.3-2001 and more specifically AS 2832.1-2004

100% 100% This represents a satisfactory level of protection over the entire length of the pipeline.

Third Party Incident Number of times pipeline is damaged

0 0 No damage occurred to the pipeline during the reporting period

Number of near misses (digging within 1m of pipeline)

0 0 No activities of this nature that involved Epic Energy, the owner or a third party were identified during the reporting period

Exposure of pipeline due to washout and wind erosion

0 0 During the reporting period, there were no instances of the pipeline cover being eroded due to wind or water

SCADA and Leak Detection Reliability of SCADA and Leak Detection System

100% 99% No significant SCADA outages were reported or recorded for the QSN pipeline

Environmental Number of uncontrolled hydrocarbon releases

0 0 No uncontrolled Hydrocarbon releases were recorded during the reporting period

Earth Tremor Surveillance Vehicular surveillance immediately after an earth tremor or flood

100% 100% Several helicopter patrols were carried out in 2010 after extensive rains and flooding. Vehicle surveillance was carried out as access was available to the areas.

17 CONCLUSION The maintenance and inspection programs carried out on the QSN Pipeline in 2010 have indicated the pipeline is in sound condition and is capable of operating at set parameters with no restrictions. The CP Survey results indicate the protection levels are adequate to provide suitable protection for the pipeline. The pipeline is considered to be in good working condition and well maintained.

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Appendix A – Assessment of Declared Objectives

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ASSESSMENT OF DECLARED OBJECTIVES PL 18 QSN Pipeline Objectives and Assessment Criteria1

During the reporting period all activities were undertaken in accordance with Epic Energy’s Environmental Management System, the Construction Management Plan,

Environmental Line List and Procedures.

Objective Goal Guide to How Objectives Can Be Achieved

2

Assessment Criteria Achieved/Not Achieved

Comments

1. To avoid or minimise adverse impacts on soils and terrain

1.1 To minimise soil erosion and sedimentation as a result of pipeline construction

Alignment selection to avoid or minimise impacts on erodible soils and steep terrain

Construction Environmental Management Plan (CEMP) contains environmental work procedures (EWP) that specify soil management and reinstatement requirements

Implementation specific requirements based on soil type and erosion risk e.g. in gibber, minimise gibber disturbance, roll areas rather than clearing where traffic levels will not be high, carefully stockpile gibber and replace in reinstatement

Preventative measures implemented and monitored in susceptible areas

Erosion and sedimentation control structures installed and maintained in susceptible areas

Records of induction/training regarding CEMP/EWP requirements

Regular inspections of construction areas undertaken to look for evidence of erosion

The extent of soil erosion on the easem*nt is consistent with surrounding land

0, +1 or +2 GAS criteria are obtained for borrow pit construction and restoration

Achieved No construction activity took place

during the reporting period.

No borrow pits were utilised during the

reporting period.

1.2 To prevent soil inversion

CEMP/EWP requirements include separate stockpiling of topsoil and sub-surface material during excavation

Records of induction/training regarding CEMP/EWP requirements

Reinstatement of stockpiles in appropriate order during backfill

No evidence of subsoil on surface (colour)

Achieved No pipeline excavations were carried

out on the QSN during 2010.

Minimal construction activity was

carried out within the existing Moomba

gas facility.

1 Assessment criteria have been developed to be “black and white”. Professional judgement is required to assess whether non-compliance is minor or major. It is necessary to

ensure that adequate information is available to enable this judgement to be made. 2 This column is provided for information only. Under the Petroleum Act 2000, only objectives and assessment criteria are approved.

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Objective Goal Guide to How Objectives Can Be Achieved

2

Assessment Criteria Achieved/Not Achieved

Comments

1.3 To mitigate soil compaction if necessary by remedial action

Ripping of identified compacted areas where appropriate to soil type and erosion risk (i.e. generally avoid ripping in gibber)

Regular inspections undertaken of easem*nt and construction areas to look for evidence of soil compaction

No visual evidence of soil compaction following remediation of pipeline easem*nt (e.g. hard soil, local water pooling)

Achieved During the reporting period there was

regular monitoring and inspections of

the easem*nt. There was no evidence

of soil compaction.

1.4 To reinstate soil and terrain as near as practicable to pre-construction contours and conditions

Implement reinstatement requirements specified in CEMP and EWP

Records of induction/training regarding CEMP/EWP requirements

Regular inspections undertaken of easem*nt and construction areas

Installation and monitoring of photo points (environmental monitoring points)

Surface contours consistent with adjacent land

0, +1 or +2 GAS criteria are obtained for borrow pit restoration

Achieved No construction activity impacted this

objective during the reporting year,

No borrow pits were utilised during this

period.

2. To minimise and manage impacts to water resources

2.1 To minimise short term, and prevent long-term, interruption or modification to surface drainage patterns

Alignment selection to minimise impacts to water resources e.g. select watercourse crossing locations that minimise erosion potential and impacts to the watercourse

Management requirements specified in CEMP/EWP

Records of induction/training regarding CEMP/EWP requirements

Installation and subsequent removal of appropriate temporary watercourse crossing measures

Regular inspections undertaken of easem*nt and construction areas specifically to look at watercourse crossings

Installation and monitoring of photo points (environmental monitoring points)

No adverse impacts (for example to downstream ecology or land use) resulting from watercourse flow reductions or diversions as a result of pipeline construction activities

No evidence of altered watercourse flows following reinstatement

No evidence of project related erosion of watercourses intersecting or adjacent to the pipeline easem*nt

Surface drainage profiles restored

Drainage is maintained to pre-existing conditions or better

Achieved Monitoring and inspection of the

easem*nt during the reporting period

reveal no evidence of impact to water

courses by operational activities.

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Objective Goal Guide to How Objectives Can Be Achieved

2

Assessment Criteria Achieved/Not Achieved

Comments

2.2 To minimise the amount of sediment entering surface water features

CEMP/EWP specify management requirements including:

No stockpiling of materials in watercourses/flow lines (note: trench spoil may be stockpiled in dry watercourse beds for very short periods e.g. less than a day)

Use of appropriate sediment and silt capturing devices

Installation of permanent berms on slopes

Minimising period between clearing and reinstatement at or near watercourses

Stabilisation and reinstatement of watercourses and drainage lines

Records of induction/training regarding CEMP/EWP requirements

Compliance with EPA Environment Protection (Water Quality) Policy 2003

Achieved No operational activities on the QSN

pipeline during the reporting year

impacted upon watercourses or

drainage lines

2.3 To minimise disruption to third party use of surface waters

Alignment selection to avoid or minimise disturbance to third party uses e.g. stock watering points

Liaison with third party users regarding potential disruptions

Minimising period of disturbance and prompt reinstatement in sections of easem*nt intersecting or adjacent to water bodies

Installation and subsequent removal of appropriate temporary watercourse/water body protection measures to prevent flow interruptions

No reasonable complaints received from landholders or third party users in relation to use of surface waters

Achieved During the reporting period there were

no complaints received from

landholders or third parties relating to

operational impact upon surface water.

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Objective Goal Guide to How Objectives Can Be Achieved

2

Assessment Criteria Achieved/Not Achieved

Comments

3. To avoid land or water contamination

3.1 To prevent spills occurring and if they occur minimise their impact

Regular inspections for evidence of soil or water discolouration, vegetation or fauna death

Incident / Spill reports

Use of spill protection methods where work is completed within or adjacent to environmentally sensitive areas

Spill response/cleanup procedures, requiring spills to be:

reported contained cleaned-up cause investigated and corrective and/or

preventative action implemented

Spills/contamination remediated in consultation with regulatory agencies and landholder

Ensuring personnel are trained in spill response procedures

Appropriate spill response equipment is available on site

Compliance with fuel and hazardous waste standards

Containment of all fuel, oil, hazardous substances and liquid waste in appropriate vessels/containment areas (e.g. polythene lined, bunded areas or on bunded pallets)

Bunded areas must have sufficient freeboard (e.g. to hold a 1:100 year, 24hr rainfall event)

Bunded areas in accordance with EPA guidelines 080/07 Bunding and Spill Management

No soil or water contamination as a result of pipeline activities

Compliance with Environment Protection Act

Achieved No construction activity impacted this

objective during the reporting year.

Operational activities undertaken by

Epic Energy did not impact on land or

water resources quality on the QSN

pipeline during the reporting year.

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3.2 To ensure that rubbish and waste material are disposed of in an appropriate manner

Waste management requirements specified in CEMP/EWP, including:

Provision of covered bins for the collection, storage and transport of wastes

Waste disposal at an approved waste facility

Regular inspection to look for evidence of rubbish, spills (soil discolouration)

Waste disposal records, chemical manifests. Appropriately licensed contractors used for any hazardous waste disposal and records are maintained for all hazardous waste disposal

No pipeline related rubbish or litter on easem*nt or at facilities or on surrounding land

Waste material is contained and disposed of in accordance with Environment Protection Act

Achieved There were no construction activities

undertaken during the reporting period.

Epic Energy disposes of waste material

in accordance with regulatory

requirements, there was no impact to

the environment due to rubbish and

waste material during the reporting

period.

3.3 To prevent impacts as a result of hydro-test water, trench water and waste water (e.g. wash down water) disposal

Water disposed of in a manner that prevented discharge or runoff to watercourses or environmentally sensitive areas

Water discharged onto stable ground, with no evidence of erosion as a result of discharge

Records on source of water and discharge method/location

Investigation of water quality prior to release/disposal of trench water and waste water. Testing of hydrotest water if potentially harmful chemicals added.

Inspection of water disposal sites for evidence of water entering a watercourse or environmentally sensitive area

Discharge water meets appropriate ANZECC and EPA criteria for point of disposal

No evidence of impacts to soil, water and vegetation as a result of water disposal (e.g. soil erosion, dead vegetation, water discoloration)

Achieved There were no construction activities

during the reporting period.

During the reporting period there were

no operational requirements to dispose

of any waste water.

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3.4 To ensure the safe and appropriate disposal of camp wastewater (grey water, sewage)

All wastewater disposed in accordance with the Public and Environmental Health (Waste Control) Regulations 1995 (i.e. the waste water disposal system must either comply with the Standard for the Construction, Installation and Operation of Septic Tank Systems in SA or be operated to the satisfaction of the Department of Health)

Treated sewage wastewater disposed of onto land, well away from any place from which it is reasonably likely to enter any waters

No evidence of non-compliance with local or state government regulations

Achieved There were no construction camps in

operation during the reporting period

4. To minimise adverse impacts to vegetation and fauna

4.1 To minimise clearing of remnant vegetation

Alignment selection to minimise crossings of drainage lines and ephemeral wetlands and avoid or minimise impacts to vegetation with high habitat values (e.g. large trees)

CEMP and alignment sheets identify remnant vegetation requiring management / avoidance

Flagging/marking of remnant vegetation requiring management / avoidance

Retain trees on ROW where possible

Trim vegetation in lieu of removal where possible

Restrict disturbance to the ROW and approved access and work areas

Reduction of ROW width during construction in identified significant areas

Obtain any permits / clearance consent required

Vegetation clearing is in accordance with the Native Vegetation Act 1991

Vegetation clearance minimised

No unauthorised clearance of flora identified to be retained

0, +1 or +2 GAS criteria are obtained for borrow pit construction and restoration

Achieved There were no ROW construction

activities during the reporting period.

No operational activities impacted upon

vegetation or fauna during the reporting

period.

No borrow pits were utilised during

construction.

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4.2 To minimise disturbance to fauna

Implement previous measures to minimise impacts to native vegetation

Identification and flagging of significant fauna habitats (e.g. large trees) that require management/avoidance during construction and implementation of management requirements

Alignment selection to minimise/avoid impacts to important habitats

Provision of fauna ramps at regular intervals in open trench

Daily inspection of open trenches and removal and identification recording of trapped fauna by appropriately trained and experienced biologists

Prompt reinstatement of easem*nt

Borrow pits are restored to minimise water holding capacity where agreements are not in place with stakeholders

No domestic pets allowed at camps or worksites

No feeding of wildlife (e.g. dingoes)

Native fauna casualties associated with construction restricted to as low as reasonably practical

Achieved There were no activities undertaken

during the reporting period that would

impact upon fauna.

4.3 To appropriately rehabilitate the easem*nt to pre-construction condition, as reasonably practical

Implement reinstatement requirements specified in CEMP and EWP

Timely response to rehabilitation

Installation and monitoring of photo points (environmental monitoring points)

Vegetation on the easem*nt is reasonably consistent with the surrounding areas

Note: assessment of the consistency with surrounding areas will take into account that regrowth is a time and rainfall dependent process

0, +1 or +2 GAS criteria are obtained for borrow pit restoration

No complaints received from landholders in relation to regrowth of vegetation on the easem*nt

Achieved No ROW construction activities were

undertaken during the reporting period.

Monitoring and inspection confirms the

easem*nt is maintained to a condition

as described in the environmental

close out report

No borrow pits were used.

No complaints were received from

landholders in relation to reinstatement

and rehabilitation works.

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4.4 To achieve a significant environmental benefit for native vegetation clearance

Work (or payment to Native Vegetation Fund) undertaken to achieve a significant environmental benefit, as required by Native Vegetation Regulation 5(1)(zd)

Significant environmental benefit requirement either:

determined using the “Methodology for calculating total SEB requirements” outlined in the Guidelines

3, or

negotiated with the Native Vegetation Council where SEB calculation differs from the standard methodology in the Guidelines. (Note: The Guidelines have provision for case-by-case assessment of significant environmental benefit by the NVC in some circ*mstances e.g. where SEB capping or additional mitigation measures apply)

Significant environmental benefit approved by PIRSA (where delegated authority applies) or Native Vegetation Council

Significant environmental benefit obligation satisfied / implemented

Achieved Confirmation by PIRSA on the 23rd

July

2010 that pursuant to powers

delegated under Section 15 of the

Native Vegetation Act 1991, PIRSA

determine that Epic Energy have

satisfied the Native Vegetation

Regulations 5(1)(d) and (zd) and

therefore goals 4.1 and 4.4 of the QSN

Link Pipeline Statement of

Environmental Objectives for the QSN

Link and QSN3 projects.

5. To avoid the spread of weeds and pathogens

5.1 To avoid the introduction or spread of weeds and pathogens and undertake control where required

Vehicles and machinery cleaned and inspected before entry to project area

Identification of weeds and pathogens on easem*nt and adjacent land

Implementation of control measures of weeds and pathogens on easem*nt and liaison with the regional NRM Board and the landholder as necessary

Records of outbreaks found, weed control activities and photo-monitoring of significant outbreaks

Vehicle cleaning/wash down register

The presence of weeds on the easem*nt is consistent with or better than adjacent land

No new outbreak or spread of weeds or pathogens as a result of pipeline activities

Achieved No declared or non declared weed

species were observed along the

easem*nt.

3 Guidelines For a Native Vegetation Significant Environmental Benefit Policy For the clearance of native vegetation associated with the minerals and petroleum industry

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6. To minimise and manage impacts to heritage sites and values during construction

6.1 To ensure that identified heritage sites are not disturbed

Alignment selection to avoid heritage sites, including archaeological and ethnographic heritage, built heritage and culturally significant vegetation

Identification of known heritage sites on easem*nt prior to construction

Measures undertaken to protect heritage sites on or near the easem*nt

Implement appropriate protocols for dealing with accidental discovery of cultural heritage material during construction

Obtain all necessary approvals in the event of an accidental/unavoidable site disturbance

Seek advice from relevant authorities for remediation of site, if required

Induction/training to include heritage management requirements

Incident reports

No impact to known sites without approval under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1998 or the Heritage Places Act 1993

Any new sites identified are reported to appropriate authority and recorded

0, +1 or +2 GAS criteria are obtained for borrow pit construction and restoration

Achieved There were no construction activities

during the reporting period.

During the reporting period no activities

were undertaken by Epic Energy that

would cause any impact on heritage

sites and values on the QSN pipeline

easem*nt.

No borrow pits were used during the

reporting period.

7. To minimise noise due to construction

7.1 To minimise noise impacts associated with the movement and operation of construction vehicles and equipment

Regular maintenance of construction vehicles and equipment

Incident reports

No reasonable complaints received

Achieved There were no construction activities undertaken during the reporting period to impact on noise levels.

8. To minimise atmospheric emissions

8.1 To minimise the generation of dust

Management requirements specified in CEMP/EWP including use of water trucks and sprayers if necessary

Records of induction/training regarding CEMP/EWP requirements

Incident reports

No reasonable complaints received

Achieved Epic has taken all reasonable efforts to minimise generation of dust. There were no dust complaints received due to operational activities during the reporting period.

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9. To minimise disturbance to third party infrastructure, landholders and land use

9.1 To minimise disturbance or damage to infrastructure / land use and remediate where disturbance cannot be avoided

Alignment selection to avoid or minimise impacts to infrastructure / land use and visual impact

Formal easem*nt agreements outlining the legal responsibilities of Epic Energy and landholders

Management requirements specified in CEMP/EWP

Restrict disturbance to the ROW and approved access and work areas

Identification of utilities present on or near the easem*nt on alignment sheets

Records of communications with landholders / third party prior to and during construction activities

Incident reports

Compliance with the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972 and Regulations pertaining to correct conduct in a Regional Reserve

No pets or firearms brought into Regional Reserve

Management of fuel, oil and spills (if they occur) to meet landholder requirements for Quality Assurance programs (e.g. Cattlecare)

Where disturbance is unavoidable or accidental, infrastructure or land use is restored to the satisfaction of the landholder/owner or as near as practicable to undisturbed condition

Duration of disturbance does not exceed agreed timeframe

No disturbance outside the ROW and approved access and work areas

No reasonable complaints received

Adverse impacts to Innamincka Regional Reserve operations or conservation values are minimised

Achieved Regular meetings occurred with stakeholders throughout the reporting year, via Epic’s pipeline awareness program and no complaints were received.

9.2 To minimise disturbance to landholders

Restrict disturbance to the ROW and approved access and work areas

Landholder activities not restricted as a result of pipeline activities

Records of communications with landholders / third party prior to and during construction activities

No reasonable landholder complaints

Landholder activities not restricted or disturbed as a result of pipeline activities unless by prior arrangement

Achieved Regular meetings occurred with all stakeholders throughout the reporting year and there were no reports of disturbance to landholders due to Epic activities. Records of communications were loaded into Epic Energy’s Land Management System.

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9.3 To appropriately reinstate and rehabilitate the easem*nt to allow continuation of current land use activities post-construction

Management requirements specified in CEMP and property line list

Reinstatement of easem*nt in accordance with CEMP/EWP

Records of communications with landholders prior to and during construction activities

Installation and monitoring of photo points (environmental monitoring points)

Species abundance and distribution on the easem*nt is reasonably consistent with surrounding areas

Note: assessment of the consistency with surrounding areas will take into account that regrowth is a time and rainfall dependent process

Achieved Reinstatement and maintenance of the easem*nt has not impacted upon on land use.

10. To minimise the risk to public health and safety

10.1 To adequately protect public safety during construction

Job Hazard Analysis

Records of communications with adjacent landholder and third parties prior to and during construction work including advice of the nature and schedule of activities

Use of signage or bunting to identify all potentially hazardous areas

Site induction program for all personnel / visitors

Adequate implementation of traffic management practices

Records of Fitness for Purpose Reports, Risk Assessment and inspections

Records demonstrating compliance with AS2885

Records of emergency response plan induction/training for construction personnel

Incident Reports

No injuries or incidents involving the public

Achieved No operational activities impacted upon the public during the reporting period. There have been no reported incidents on the pipeline during this reporting period.

10.2 To avoid fires associated with pipeline construction activities

Records of regular fire safety and emergency response training for construction personnel

Appropriate fire prevention/control equipment on site

Incident Reports

No pipeline construction related fires

Achieved There were no pipeline construction related activities during the reporting period to impact this objective.

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11. To maintain soil stability / integrity on the easem*nt

11.1 To remediate erosion or subsidence as a result of pipeline operations in a timely manner

Timed photo points or regular land survey, specifically to look at evidence of erosion, subsidence, vegetation loss on easem*nt & compare to adjacent land

Inspections undertaken as part of regular patrols, following specific works, following significant storm events

Preventative measures implemented and monitored in susceptible areas

No un-remediated subsidence

The extent of soil erosion on the easem*nt is consistent with surrounding land

No excessive erosion on areas adjacent to corridor as a result of easem*nt

0, +1 or +2 GAS criteria are obtained for borrow pit restoration

Achieved There was no observed erosion or

subsidence during pipeline surveillance

activities for the reporting period.

11.2 To prevent soil inversion

Annual land survey to look for soil discoloration, success of vegetation return as an indicator.

Disturbance checklist signed off to indicate top soil/subsoil are stockpiled separately and soil profiles appropriately reinstated following the re-instatement of works/excavations

Vegetation cover is consistent with surrounding land

No evidence of subsoil on surface (colour)

Achieved Pipeline surveillance confirms the

consistency of vegetation cover with

the surrounding land.

12. To minimise and manage impacts to water resources

12.1 To maintain current surface drainage patterns

Regular patrols and survey undertaken to look for evidence of erosion, windrow development, abnormal vegetation growth or death or any changes to the easem*nt which could change surface hydrology conditions, particularly in the Strzelecki Creek wetland area

Observations also to be undertaken following significant storm events

Use of disturbance checklist and photo points before, during & after excavations, CP installation, construction activities, etc

For excavations, surface drainage profiles restored

For existing easem*nt, drainage is maintained to pre-existing conditions or better

Achieved Regular patrols and surveillance have

not observed any issues with drainage

patterns during the reporting period.

12.2 To minimise disruption to third party use of surface waters

Minimising period of disturbance for any excavation or land disturbance and prompt reinstatement of easem*nt in sections of easem*nt intersecting or adjacent to water bodies

Installation and subsequent removal of appropriate temporary watercourse/water body protection measures to prevent flow interruptions

No reasonable complaints received from landholders or third party users in relation to use of surface waters

Achieved During the reporting period there were

no complaints from landholders or third

parties in relation to the use of surface

water.

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13. To avoid land or water contamination

13.1 To prevent spills occurring and if they occur minimise their impact

Prevention program including pigging, intelligent pigging and pipe maintenance

Regular patrols undertaken to look for evidence of soil or water discolouration, vegetation or fauna death

Incident / Spill reports

Use of spill protection methods where work is completed within or adjacent to environmentally sensitive areas

Spill response/cleanup procedures, requiring spills to be:

reported

contained

cleaned-up

cause investigated and corrective and/or preventative action implemented

Spills/contamination remediated in consultation with regulatory agencies and landholder

Ensuring personnel are trained in spill response procedures

Appropriate spill response equipment is available on site

Compliance with fuel and hazardous waste standards

Containment of all hazardous substances and liquid waste in appropriate vessels/containment areas

Bunded areas in accordance with EPA guidelines 080/07 Bunding and Spill Management

No soil or water contamination as a result of pipeline activities

Compliance with Environment Protection Act

Achieved There have been no reported spills

during the reporting year.

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13.2 To ensure that rubbish and waste material are disposed of in an appropriate manner

Regular patrols or annual survey undertaken to look for evidence of rubbish, spills (soil discolouration)

Waste disposal records, chemical manifests. Appropriately licensed contractors used for any hazardous waste disposal and records are maintained for all hazardous waste disposal

Use of photo points before, during & after excavations, CP installation, construction activities etc

No pipeline related rubbish or litter on easem*nt or at facilities or on surrounding land

Waste material is contained and disposed of in accordance with Epic approved procedures and Environment Protection Act

Achieved Regular inspections and monitoring have been undertaken to ensure that waste materials been disposed of.

The environment audits and close out report confirmed the removal of rubbish waste material.

13.3 To prevent impacts as a result of hydro test water, trench water and waste water (e.g. wash down water) disposal

Water disposed of in a manner that prevented discharge or runoff to watercourses or environmentally sensitive areas

Water discharged onto stable ground, with no evidence of erosion as a result of discharge

Records on source of water and discharge method/location

Investigation of water quality prior to release/disposal of trench water and waste water. Testing of hydrotest water if potentially harmful chemicals added.

Inspection of water disposal sites for evidence of water entering a watercourse or environmentally sensitive area

Discharge water meets appropriate ANZECC and EPA criteria for point of disposal

No evidence of impacts to soil, water and vegetation as a result of water disposal (e.g. soil erosion, dead vegetation, water discoloration)

Achieved No activities were undertaken by Epic

Energy that would cause any impact on

land or water resources quality on the

pipeline during the reporting period

13.4 To ensure the safe and appropriate disposal of camp wastewater (grey water, sewage)

All wastewater disposed in accordance with the Public and Environmental Health (Waste Control) Regulations 1995 (i.e. the waste water disposal system must either comply with the Standard for the Construction, Installation and Operation of Septic Tank Systems in SA or be operated to the satisfaction of the Department of Health)

Treated sewage wastewater disposed of onto land, well away from any place from which it is reasonably likely to enter any waters

No evidence of non-compliance with local or state government regulations.

Achieved .

There were no construction camps in

operation during the reporting period,

therefore no disposal of wastewater.

There were no operational activities

that required disposal of wastewater.

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14. To promote and maintain native vegetation cover on the easem*nt

14.1 To promote and maintain regrowth on the easem*nt to be consistent with surrounding area

Annual land survey to assess vegetation rehabilitation and look for evidence of disturbance to vegetation on easem*nt (apart from access tracks)

Disturbance Checklist (including timed and photos) signed off to indicate adequate steps taken to facilitate regrowth

Follow-up rehabilitation work undertaken where natural regeneration is inadequate

Species abundance and distribution on the easem*nt is reasonably consistent with surrounding areas

Note: assessment of the consistency with surrounding areas will take into account that regrowth is a time and rainfall dependent process

0, +1 or +2 GAS criteria are obtained for borrow pit restoration

Achieved Regrowth on the easem*nt is observed

to be consistent with the surrounding

environment.

No borrow pits were utilised during the

reporting year.

14.2 To minimise additional clearing of native vegetation as part of operational activities

Annual land survey to look for evidence of disturbance to vegetation on easem*nt (apart from access tracks)

Use of Disturbance Checklist and photo points before, during & after any excavation or land disturbance activity

Vegetation trimmed rather than cleared where possible

Consideration of sensitive vegetation, including large old trees, during vegetation trimming and / or clearing activities

Obtain any clearance consent required

Vegetation clearing within the easem*nt or on land adjacent to the easem*nt is limited to previously disturbed areas, unless prior regulatory approval obtained under the Native Vegetation Act 1991

Achieved There were no ROW construction

activities during the reporting period.

During the reporting period no activities

were undertaken that involved clearing

of native vegetation for operational

activities.

14.3 To ensure maintenance activities are planned and conducted in a manner that minimises impacts on native fauna

Use of Disturbance Checklist and photo points before, during & after any excavation or land disturbance activity

In the event of excavations, open trenches monitored regularly and left open for the minimum time practical

Procedures or management plans implemented for significant fauna species

Provision of fauna ramps at regular intervals in open trench

Daily inspection of open trenches in areas adjacent to remnant vegetation

Prompt reinstatement of easem*nt

Native fauna casualties associated with operations restricted to as low as reasonably practical

Achieved During the reporting period no

operational activities were undertaken

that would cause disturbance to native

fauna on the pipeline.

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15. To avoid the spread of weeds and pathogens

15.1 To ensure that weeds and pathogens are controlled at a level that is at least consistent with adjacent land

Regular patrols undertaken to look for evidence of weeds on easem*nt and adjacent land (if weeds on easem*nt but not adjacent land must implement control to prevent spread)

Implementation of control measures of weeds and pathogens on easem*nt in consultation with the regional NRM Board and the landholder as necessary

Records of any outbreaks found, weed control activities and photo- monitoring of significant outbreaks

Vehicle cleaning/washdown register

The presence of weeds on the easem*nt is consistent with or better than adjacent land

No new outbreak or spread of weeds or pathogens as a result of pipeline activities

Achieved No declared or non declared weed

species were observed along the

easem*nt.

16. To adequately protect heritage sites and values during operations and maintenance

16.1 To ensure that identified heritage sites are not disturbed

Consultation with relevant heritage groups if operations occurring outside known surveyed areas

Site examined for cultural heritage material prior to work involving disturbance outside known surveyed areas

Records of site locations in Operations GIS

Use of Disturbance Checklist and photo points before, during & after any excavation or land disturbance activity

Measures undertaken to protect heritage sites on or near the easem*nt

Implement appropriate protocols for dealing with accidental discovery of cultural heritage material during operations

No impact to known heritage sites without approval under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1998 or the Heritage Places Act 1993

Any new sites identified are reported to appropriate authority and recorded

Achieved During the reporting period no activities

were undertaken by Epic Energy off the

ROW that would cause any impact to

heritage sites and values along the

pipeline.

17. To minimise noise due to operations

17.1 To ensure operations comply with noise standards

Design any facilities to meet the noise requirements under the Environment Protection Act

Incident reports

Monitoring results, where deemed necessary (e.g. frequent complaints)

No reasonable complaints received

Achieved During the reporting period no operational activities were undertaken that would cause any impact on environmental noise and emissions on the pipeline

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18. To minimise atmospheric emissions

18.1 To eliminate uncontrolled atmospheric emissions

Maintenance procedures

Incident reports

No uncontrolled atmospheric emissions (e.g. due to malfunction or mis-operation)

Achieved During the reporting period no operational activities were undertaken that would cause any impact on the environment due to uncontrolled emissions on the pipeline

18.2 To minimise the generation of dust

Compliance with EMS and operations procedures

Incident reports

No reasonable complaints received

Achieved No incident reports or complaints were received during the reporting period in relation to dust.

19. To avoid unnecessary disturbance to third party infrastructure, landholders or land use

19.1 To minimize disturbance or damage to infrastructure / land use and remediate where disturbance cannot be avoided

Incident reports

Records of communications with adjacent landholders / third party prior to and during maintenance work

Landholder contact records database

Use of Disturbance Checklist (including photo points) or inspection reports, specifically to look at: removal of waste products, re-instatement of soil profiles, adequate re-contouring of surface profile, return of land use

Compliance with the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972 and Regulations pertaining to correct conduct in a Regional Reserve

Measures undertaken to minimise third party use right-of-way where necessary

No pets or firearms brought into Regional Reserve

Management of fuel, oil and spills (if they occur) to meet landholder requirements for Quality Assurance programs (e.g. Cattlecare)

Where disturbance is unavoidable or accidental, infrastructure or land use is restored to the satisfaction of the landholder or as near as practicable to undisturbed condition

Duration of disturbance does not exceed agreed timeframe

No reasonable complaints received

Achieved During the reporting period no operational activities were undertaken that would cause any impact on third party infrastructure and landholder on the pipeline. No complaints were received.

19.2 To minimise disturbance to landholders

Records of communications with adjacent landholders / third party prior to and during maintenance work

Landholder contact records database

Landholder activities not restricted as a result of pipeline activities

Use of Disturbance Checklist and photo points

No reasonable landholder complaints

Landholder activities not restricted or disturbed as a result of pipeline activities unless by prior arrangement

Achieved During the reporting period no operational activities were undertaken that would cause any impact on landholder s on the pipeline

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20. To minimise the risk to public health and safety

20.1 To adequately protect public safety during operations

Job Hazard Analysis

Records of Annual Reports, Fitness for Purpose Reports, Risk Assessments and inspections

Records of communications with adjacent landholder prior to and during maintenance work including advice of the nature and schedule of maintenance activities

Adequate implementation of traffic management practices

Records demonstrating compliance with AS2885

Use of signage or bunting to identify all potentially hazardous areas

Records of regular emergency response training for employees and review of procedures

Incident Reports

No injuries or incidents involving the public

Achieved During the reporting period there were no operational activities that impacted upon public safety on the pipeline

20.2 To avoid fires associated with pipeline maintenance activities

Incident reports

Records of regular fire safety and emergency response training for all operations personnel and review of procedures

Established procedures for minimizing fire risk during maintenance

No pipeline related fires Achieved During the reporting period there have been no pipeline related fires

20.3 To prevent unauthorised activity on the easem*nt that may adversely impact on the pipeline integrity

Inspection / Patrol reports and records

Comprehensive landholder liaison program and records of communications with landholders

Community education program and ‘Dial before you dig’ number available and widely advertised

Clear identification of the pipeline by signs installed in accordance with AS2885

All reports of unauthorized activity are reported and investigated

No unauthorized activity on the easem*nt that has the potential to impact on the pipeline integrity

Achieved During the reporting period there have been no incidents of unauthorised activity or encroachments on the pipeline which may adversely impact on pipeline integrity

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Where can I download CFR? ›

CFR Availability:

As pdf files, released annually on the same schedule as the print volumes, on GovInfo.gov and in a dynamic online format (unofficial but endorsed by the ACFR) on eCFR.gov.

How do I find my CFR? ›

You can read the full text of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) on the web, find them in libraries, or purchase them from the Government Printing Office (GPO). The full text of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) are on GPO's website.

What is pipeline codes? ›

The pipeline as code model creates automated processes that help developers build applications more efficiently. Having everything documented in a source repository allows for greater visibility and collaboration so that everyone can continually improve processes.

What are pipeline standards? ›

API's published standards cover every aspect of pipeline design, construction, and operations including pipeline integrity; construction, inspection and repair; underground storage; public safety and damage prevention; safety management systems; and high-tech monitoring and control centers.

Who is responsible for pipeline security? ›

The Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS) is the federal authority responsible for ensuring the safe, reliable, and environmentally sound operation of our nation's pipeline transportation system.

Which state has the most pipelines? ›

Texas is the largest oil and natural gas-producing state in the country and has a dense network of pipelines to transport these resources to refineries and other destinations.

How much does a natural gas pipeline cost per mile? ›

If you divide the $7.65 million per mile by the 30-inch average diameter, you'll find that this puts the average cost per mile of NG pipeline construction at $255,000 per inch of diameter.

Who owns US natural gas pipelines? ›

Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America (NGPL) is a natural gas pipeline company. It owns pipelines which bring natural gas from the Texas Permian Basin and Gulf of Mexico into the Chicago area.

What does API stand for in pipeline? ›

API Line Pipes

Line Pipes are manufactured as per specifications established by American Petroleum Institute (API). API 5L is a specification of API which defines the standard for the dimension, physical, mechanical and chemical properties of the steel.

What code is used for pipelines? ›

ASME B31 Series: ASME codes for different types of piping systems, ensuring safe design and construction. API 570: Governs inspection and maintenance of in-service piping systems, critical for safety. API 5L: Specifies requirements for manufacturing and transporting steel pipelines.

What is the difference between CFR 210 and 211? ›

Difference between 21 CFR Part 210 and 211

Although complementary, they are different. Where Part 210 covers manufacturing, facilities and controls, Part 211 covers additional areas for finished drug products, such as labeling, production processes, equipment management and personnel.

What is the CFR 49 Code of Federal Regulations? ›

The Code of Federal Regulations Title 49 contains the codified U.S. Federal laws and regulations that are in effect as of the date of the publication pertaining to all forms of surface transportation and transportation security, including: pipelines; railroads, both passenger and freight railways; waterways; cars, ...

What is CFR 195? ›

49 CFR Part 195 - PART 195—TRANSPORTATION OF HAZARDOUS LIQUIDS BY PIPELINE | Electronic Code of Federal Regulations (e-CFR) | US Law | LII / Legal Information Institute. Title 49—Transportation. Subtitle B—Other Regulations Relating to Transportation.

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