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APCE, at a glance

APCE is a non-profit cultural-scientific association. It was founded in 1981 to ensure that the various managers or owners of buried or immersed structures could better interface each other to ensure the safety and quality of services to its customers.

APCE has been recognized by the Electric and Gas Authority as the competent technical organization for defining the guidelines for cathodic protection of metal pipelines, used for natural gas distribution (ARG/gas Resolution 574/2013/R/gas), transport (ARG/gas Resolution n. 602/2013/R/gas) and for the connection flow-lines of natural gas storage plant (ARG/gas Resolution n. 204/10).

APCE aims at:
  • Promoting and coordinating initiatives addressed to cooperation between its members, to study and solve the problems involved with protecting metal structures against electrolytic corrosion.
  • Focusing the awareness of the technicians on the problems involved with protecting buried metal structures from corrosion.
  • Studying the various phenomena that interact with buried metal structure corrosion phenomena, by promoting study and research.
  • Promoting meetings and events to spread information about corrosion phenomena.
  • Organizing courses for the certification of the know-how.
Companies, institutions and any national or local public or private entity can become a member of APCE, who run buried or immersed metal structures or who inject direct current into the ground or who are interested in methods for protecting the structures against electrolytic corrosion.
Furthermore, all those who agree with the founding principles of the Statute and Regulations and undertake to respect the democratic decisions that are taken, can also become members.


Members by Right
National Members
Local Members
  • Gas and water management companies and boards
  • Local Councils
  • Oil and gas companies
  • Licensed rail lines
  • Research, Design and Service Companies
  • Associations

APCE is operative throughout Italy, with a widespread organization of Territorial Technical Committees (CTT), which work by maintaining the contacts with the members during the periodic meetings, when the various experts take part as speakers.

The operative agreements and decisions that are taken for the territorial work are agreed and adopted during the Territorial Work Group meetings, which are formed within each CTT, where the experts coordinate the work for preventing and controlling electrical interference between the buried metal structures.

The CTT interact at national level with the Central Technical Committee (CTC), which unifies the conduct and activities that are common to all those involved in the sector, and which proposes and examines more general topics.

The CTC is also backed up by an Electrolytic Corrosion Office (UCE), which has technical coordination roles for retrieving and distributing the technical data and information, drawing up the regulations, guidelines and recommendations, professional training and updating for cathodic protection personnel, organizing study days, meetings, congresses, etc.: for this purpose APCE established APCE Service S.r.l. – a limited liability company totally owned by APCE – which provides the activities of training, consulting, publishing and advertising.
The Members’ Assembly heads APCE, with powers for decision making and directing all the activities of the association, including APCE Service S.r.l.