The Kurri Kurri Lateral Pipeline (KKLP) is a proposed buried gas transmission pipeline and storage pipeline that will connect the proposed Hunter Power Project at Kurri Kurri, in New South Wales, to the existing Sydney to Newcastle pipeline, near Newcastle.

About the KKLP project

The proposed KKLP Project comprises the following main components:

  • A buried, steel, medium diameter (approximately 14-inch), medium pressure (up to 6.9-megapascal) transmission pipeline of up to approximately 21 kilometres long to provide a gas supply from the existing Sydney to Newcastle pipeline (Plumpton to Hexham Northern Trunk) to the Hunter Power Project.
  • A compressor station at the end of the transmission pipeline to boost gas pressure to the required inlet pressure of the Hunter Power Project.
  • A buried, steel, large diameter (approximately 42-inch), high pressure storage (up to 15.3-megapascal) pipeline of approximately 24 kilometres in total length downstream of the compressor station to hold up to 70 terajoules of gas ready to supply the Hunter Power Project at the required inlet pressure.

A compressor station and storage pipeline are required as part of the proposed KKLP Project to provide sufficient gas volumes and pressure to meet the supply requirements of the Hunter Power Project.

The pipeline alignment has been selected with consideration for the environmental values of the local area, compatibility with the local terrain, limited number of landholders impacted, and consideration of current and future land uses.

The proposed KKLP Project, including all associated facilities, will be designed, constructed, commissioned and operated in accordance with Australian Standard 2885, a suite of standards outlining requirements for gas and petroleum pipelines that are designed, constructed and operated in Australia. The transmission pipeline will also be designed, constructed and commissioned in accordance with the relevant international standards for hydrogen piping and pipelines in order to maintain readiness for potential use of hydrogen in the east coast gas network. The proposed KKLP Project will also require a licence under the Pipelines Act 1967.

Project approvals

The proposed KKLP Project is a type of development known as Critical State Significant Infrastructure (SSI). Prior to construction, the project will go through a comprehensive and transparent planning and environmental approvals process.

The project requires development consent from the New South Wales Government under the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act 1979. An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is required to support the development application for the project.

APA submitted the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to the New South Wales Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) in March 2022. The EIS documents how the pipeline will be built and operated safely, and in an environmentally responsible manner. Please visit the DPE's NSW Planning Portal to view the EIS and other relevant project information.

Project location

The proposed KKLP Project will be located within the Cessnock City Council, Maitland City Council and Newcastle City Council local government areas, with the closest communities including Kurri Kurri, Heddon Greta, Cliftleigh and Gillieston Heights. APA is committed to working closely with local communities to keep people informed about the KKLP Project. APA maintains cooperative and respectful relationships with landholders across over 15,000 kilometres of gas transmission pipelines throughout Australia, with the majority of these being located in rural areas. APA is committed to building similar relationships with landholders along the proposed KKLP route.

View an interactive map of the KKLP Project and provide your feedback.

Project timing

If planning approvals are granted, construction of the proposed KKLP Project is planned to commence during 2022, with a gas supply to the Hunter Power Project provided during the second half of the year 2023.

Community investment fund

APA Group is committed to positively contributing to communities in the local and regional area of its proposed Kurri Kurri Lateral Pipeline Project. As part of the commitment, we have established a Community Grants Program to benefit local communities.

Community groups and organisations located in the regions of the proposed project pipeline alignment and within the Cessnock, Maitland and Newcastle Local Government Areas are encouraged to apply for funding or in-kind support through the fund.

All applications must be made using the application form and will be assessed against the eligibility criteria outlined in the Community Investment Guidelines.

Completed application forms can be submitted to [email protected].

Further information

For further enquiries, please call 1800 804 893 (8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday) or email [email protected].