Western Slopes Pipeline Alignment

On 31 January 2017, APA announced it had entered into a Project Development Agreement with a subsidiary of Santos Limited to commence work with regulators and the community towards the development of a new 450km (approximate) pipeline - the Western Slopes Pipeline. The purpose of the Project is to connect a new source of gas from Santos' proposed Narrabri Gas Project to the NSW gas transmission network, via the Moomba Sydney Pipeline.

We commenced a formal planning approval process for the Project in February with the submission of a Preliminary Environmental Assessment (PEA) in support of an application to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment to carry out State Significant Infrastructure. The Secretary's Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs) to guide the preparation of a comprehensive Environmental Impact Statement are now available. Copies of both documents can be accessed at http://majorprojects.planning.nsw.gov.au/index.pl?action=view_job&job_id=8272 .

A range of factors were taken into account in selecting the preliminary pipeline alignment (see map above). These included environmental values, complexity of terrain, the number of land parcels and landowners, and current land use considerations. Its design will be further refined during the planning phase through landowner and community consultation, detailed environmental studies and consideration of public comment. The Project is ultimately subject to various statutory and other approvals or arrangements being obtained, including Ministerial approval.

Santos estimates the proposed Narrabri Gas Project has the potential to supply up to 50 per cent of the natural gas needs of more than 1.1 million homes and 30,000 business and industrial customers in NSW. It further estimates about 300,000 jobs rely on a safe and secure supply of natural gas. Accordingly, the Western Slopes Pipeline has the potential to significantly increase the supply of natural gas to the NSW market and play a key role in helping the State achieve greater energy security and economic sustainability.

Information for Landowners

Please click here to view information for landowners, including maps of the preliminary alignment. 

Community Consultative Committee

Please click here to view information regarding the Western Slopes Pipeline Community Consultative Committee.

Project Activity Updates

Please click the links below to view previous activity updates issued by APA

Other Information

For more information, including how the consultation and approvals process works and frequently asked questions, please see our Western Slopes Pipeline Project Factsheet.

How do I have a say? 

Landowners, communities and other stakeholders will be consulted throughout the assessment process to ensure that the potential impacts of the project are properly understood and appropriately addressed in the project Environmental Impact Assessment. If you wish to register any comments, find out more information or provide feedback about the project, please contact us by:

Telephoning 1800 941 145 (free call 24 hours/7 days)

Emailing us at westernslopespipeline@apa.com.au

If you have any media-related questions on this project, please email us at media@apa.com.au


Update: Western Slopes Pipeline Community Information Sessions

APA wishes to advise that following consultation with the NSW Department of Planning, the Western Slopes Pipeline community information sessions scheduled for Tottenham and Coonamble on December 5 & 6 will not proceed.

Instead, APA will shortly contact directly affected landowners and stakeholder groups with a special interest in the project to arrange forums along the proposed route at agreed venues, dates and times early next year. Department of Planning representatives will also be invited to attend these events and provide feedback.

The intent of the information sessions was always to provide an avenue for people in the community with an interest in the project to find out more by asking questions of APA and Department of Planning representatives.

It became apparent this week that social media posts promoting organised disruption to these events for the sole purpose of generating media attention would not allow genuine consultation to take place, and could unfairly impact on the normal operations of the meeting venues.

Since early 2017, APA has undertaken a broad range of consultation with stakeholders regarding the Western Slopes Pipeline through meetings, one-on-one briefings, phone calls, letters, emails and mail outs. We remain committed to providing directly affected landowners and other interested parties further opportunities to ask questions and express their views regarding the project.  

The NSW Department of Planning has issued a media statement confirming the landowner consultation approach outlined above.

Contact details for the APA Western Slopes Pipeline project follow: 

Contact the Western Slopes Pipeline Team

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