Introduction

Natural gas, primarily methane, is a naturally-occurring simple hydrocarbon that is relatively efficient at heating and relatively low in emissions when burned. It is normally found in sandstone, coal seams and shales, and Australia has considerable proven reserves although not all this quantity is recoverable in practice. About a quarter of Australia’s electricity generation is produced by burning natural gas.

Many metropolitan areas in Australia have natural gas mains available as an option to be connected to. Once supplied to the street, households and businesses can request a specialised team to complete the connection from the street into the dwelling or business premises. A gas meter will also be installed which is used to safely regulate gas flow and to accurately measure the volume of gas that is consumed.

Domestic and small business gas meters are replaced roughly every ten years (depending on the meter type). This work will generally be completed by Australian Gas Network operators (such as APA Group or one of their sub-contractors). In some Australian states testing for gas leaks is also required.

Once a connection is fitted a natural gas energy retailer will be chosen.

At the bottom of this profile are brief details of a number of the experts that Expert Experts represents. Call our office to discuss your requirements and to obtain a recommendation that suits your needs and budget.

Expertise in Action

Experts working in this field are essential in cases regarding accident investigation to assess liability, damage and costs.

Experts may also be required to comment on whether correct control measures, the appropriate standard of care, and proper safety features were implemented within the installation and supply of a gas network. These experts can comment on whether gas lines, meters, safety valves and other gas infrastructure can be considered in line with industry standards.

Sample Reports

For some fields of expertise we have some sample sections of de-identified reports. Please contact our office if you are interested in a sample.

Cost

The overall cost of expert opinion depends on the services required. Some of the key factors that affect the cost of advice include:

  • The need for a view or inspection of a location
  • The quantity of documentary material to be reviewed
  • Whether there are reports of other experts to be reviewed and commented on in detail
  • Whether there is a need for conferences with the expert either in person or by telephone/Skype
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For the delivery of natural gas, stringent processes and standards are in place to ensure the public’s safety.

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While Australia is one of the world’s biggest exporters of liquefied natural gas, this hasn’t prevented domestic supply issues. A drive to export gas to Asia has spawned a crisis at home, sparking a debate about energy security and rising power prices.

Relevant Cases Workcover Authority of NSW (Insp Maltby) & Anor v Abigroup Contractors Pty Limited & Luis Bustamante [2003] NSWIRComm 35

WorkCover proceeded with five charges against Abigroup and two charges against Luis Bustamante brought under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1983 relating to two gas explosions that occurred near Kogarah Station where upgrade works were in progress.

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Profiles of Experts in Trades - Gas installation and supply

Below are short profiles of a few experts with expertise in this field. Please contact our office to discuss your specific requirements and to obtain a recommendation that suits your needs and budget. Expert Experts are experts in finding the right expert for your needs and you pay no more to use Expert Experts than if you searched and found the expert yourself.

  • #ID8719

Plumbing, drainage, sewerage, gas installations and maintenance

ID8719 is a highly qualified expert witness and trade qualified plumber with over 25 years’ experience in commercial, industrial and domestic plumbing to all sewer, gas and water services.


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