$460m WA gas pipeline project to support 500 local construction jobs

Monica Gameng   |   November 29, 2020

Energy infrastructure company APA Group is investing approximately $460 million to build a new gas pipeline in Western Australia, which will support thousands of jobs and connect emerging gas fields in the Perth Basin to the Goldfields region. 

The Northern Goldfields Interconnect (NGI) project will deliver a 580 kilometres’ worth of 12-inch pipeline to form an interconnected Western Australian Gas Grid. 

“By connecting existing pipelines, our investment decision to build the NGI will not only add capacity to the system but will also increase gas supply options for customers. This will open up new regions for development supporting thousands of jobs both during and post-construction. 

“Our investment in the NGI will help stimulate significant economic development in Western Australia and has the potential to unlock hundreds of millions of dollars of investment in the Goldfields region, which is rich in gold, potash and battery minerals such as vanadium, nickel and rare earths,” APA CEO and Managing Director Rob Wheals said. 

Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan has welcomed this significant investment by APA Group, which will create up to 500 local jobs during construction. 

“This is a significant announcement for Western Australia and yet another sign that confidence is returning to the State’s economy, as we continue our recovery from COVID-19. 

“I congratulate APA Group on its investment into this important project, which is expected to create 500 WA jobs throughout construction. 

“The Northern Goldfields Interconnect project is likely to stimulate significant economic development along its route in the Mid-West and throughout the Goldfields region,” the Premier said. 

northern-goldfields-interconnect-mapProject map (source: APA Group)

The Northern Goldfields Interconnect is going to be connected to APA’s Goldfields Gas Pipeline (GGP) which, in turn, will be connected to the company’s Eastern Goldfields network. This will create an interconnected APA gas pipeline system that will span 2,690 kilometres from north to south as well as west to east. 

The new gas pipeline will double the capacity to the Goldfields region compared to investing on expanding the existing GGP, which is currently fully contracted at 202 terajoules a day. 

“The NGI is expected to be supported with an initial 25% of capacity identified subject to project commencement and we have identified significant additional demand that we believe will crystallise with APA’s commitment to the project. 

“The NGI solution is the optimal, most innovative and cost-effective solution to meet the needs of this region and APA is proud to support the growth of our customers and the state,” Mr Wheals said. 

The Northern Goldfields Interconnect is anticipated to be completed and operational by mid-2022. 

Source: Government of Western Australia – Media Statements; APA GroupThe Sydney Morning HeraldEnergy-Pedia NewsThe Australian Pipeliner 

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