APA Group (APA) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Comet Ridge Galilee Pty Ltd (Comet Ridge) and Vintage Energy Limited (Vintage) for the development of a gas pipeline from the Galilee Basin to Moranbah.

Under the terms of the MOU, APA has commenced route planning, on-the-ground preparation for route selection and the work required for the necessary approvals for a gas pipeline.

The proposed pipeline will commence in the Galilee Basin, approximately 200 kilometres northwest of Clermont in Queensland, and travel east to a final termination point north of Moranbah. The pipeline will likely connect into the existing high pressure gas pipeline that operates from Moranbah to Townsville.

The pipeline will occupy an easement up to 30 metres wide and be buried to a minimum depth of 750 millimetres. The pipeline will be high strength steel and is expected to be approximately 240 kilometres long. The diameter of the pipe will be decided after more detailed hydraulic assessments have been undertaken, including taking into account available supply and potential demand.

APA will study a range of capacity and market scenarios for the pipeline, which would include the potential for connecting the Galilee Gas developments to east coast markets.

Key benefits of the project include:

  • Enabling of gas transfer from a previously untapped basin.
  • Increasing gas supply capacity and certainty for users in central and northern Queensland.
  • Providing gas to customers at a competitive price.
  • Creating jobs in regional Queensland.

Prior to any decisions being made about the pipeline proceeding, APA will need to undertake an extensive project assessment with stakeholder consultation to confirm the project is possible and viable. The type, quantity and quality of gas within the Galilee Basin will also need to be confirmed to ensure the project is economically viable.

APA maintains co-operative and respectful relationships with landowners across over 15,000 kilometres of gas transmission pipelines across the country, with the majority of these being located in rural localities.

We are committed to building similar relationships with landowners who may be on the proposed Galilee Moranbah Pipeline route.

For more information, please download and read the project FAQ guide.

If you have any questions or require further information about the project, call our project team on 1800 290 595 or send an email to [email protected].