Spiecapag Lucas wins Victorian Northern Interconnect Expansion loopings 6 - 9 tender

Sophia Rostron   |   January 12, 2016

The joint venture between AJ Lucas and Spiecapag Australia, Spiecapag Lucas, has been awarded the construction contract for loopings 6–9 on APA Group’s Victorian Northern Interconnect Expansion (VNIE) ProjectThe project, which is part of APA Group's planned upgrade and expansion of its east coast gas grid in response to the transitioning gas market in eastern Australia, will increase the flow of gas from Victoria and New South Wales.

Client: APA is Australia’s largest natural gas infrastructure business, owning and/or operating $12 billion of energy assets. Its gas transmission pipelines span every state and territory on mainland Australia, delivering approximately half of the nation’s gas usage. APA has direct management and operational control over its assets and the majority of its investments. APA also holds minority interests in energy infrastructure enterprises including Envestra, SEA Gas Pipeline, Energy Infrastructure Investments and GDI. 

Contractor: AJ Lucas Managing Director and Chief Executive Russell Eggers said that the new contract with APA Group builds on their long term relationship of delivering their gas pipelines, which was highlighted recently with the completion on-time and on-budget of the 293 km Eastern Goldfields Gas Pipeline in Western Australia.

"This contract win is a further demonstration of our industry-leading experience, excellent safety record and strong client focus. It also extends our already established strategic partnership with Spiecapag Australia, which has been in place for more than 20 years.”

For the construction of Loop 6 - 9, Spiecapag Lucas’ full service execution will provide trench excavation, pipe welding, pipe placement and lay-in, surface protection and remediation of the right of way.

Loopings 6 - 9 for VNIE (originally appeared on the Australian Pipeliner):  The looping follows APA Group signing a gas transportation agreement to expand capacity of the Victoria – New South Wales Interconnect in July 2015. The multi-services agreement provides for the delivery of gas sourced from Victoria to the eastern Australian gas market for a term of seven years and will require looping on both the Moomba to Sydney Pipeline and the Victorian Transmission System, with the total cost of the expansion expected to be approximately ​AU$85 million.

Qube Energy has already commenced deliveries to the Benalla laydown yard, following the arrival of the first shipment of pipe at South Wharf, Victoria.

Construction is expected to be completed by the middle of 2016.

Victorian Northern Interconnect Expansion (originally appeared on the Australian Pipeliner): Running through grazing and cropping paddocks, across creeks, under roads and through small towns, the Victorian Northern Interconnect Expansion (VNIE) project is centred on the looping of sections of the existing 269 km 300NB Wollert to Wodonga Pipeline and is one of APA’s key projects in securing its east coast gas network.

The VNIE Project is comprised of three separable portions and installation of two valve station facilities:

  • Separable Portion 1: Construction of a 68.4 km pipeline loop from the Euroa Compressor Station Discharge to Glenrowan, including the installation of cross tie connections at Euroa and Glenrowan.
  • Separable Portion 2: Construction of a 17.4 km pipeline loop from Wandong to Broadford, including a tie-in at Wandong to the first looping of the VNIE project and cross tie connection at Broadford.
  • Separable Portion 3: Construction of a 49.8 km pipeline loop from Mangalore to Euroa Compressor Station Suction, including the installation of cross tie connections at Mangalore and Euroa Compressor Station Suction side.
  • Installation of the Glenrowan pressure regulator station and installation of a class break valve station facility at Euroa.

The pipeline looping’s and associated facilities have been designed, constructed and will be operated in accordance with AS 2885.

The expansion project involves the construction of looping sections of the existing 300 mm Wollert to Wodonga Pipeline, with a new 400 mm transmission pipeline within APA’s existing gas pipeline easement.


Through our involvement with their more recent Goldfields pipeline project, we know AJ Lucas projects like these offer great opportunities for suppliers to get their heavy machinery onsite. 

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Sophia Rostron
As the Content editor at Felix (formerly PlantMiner), Sophia works behind the scenes to keep our blog machine in motion. A student of Law and Business, she's very dependent on coffee and loves any excuse to travel.

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