28 Jul 2023

APA Group’s new Northern Goldfields Interconnect (NGI) pipeline was officially opened today by Western Australia Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Energy; Hydrogen Industry and Industrial Relations, the Hon. Bill Johnston MLA, providing greater energy security and supporting growth and transition in the Western Australia resources sector.

The new 580-kilometre buried pipeline connects the Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline to the Goldfields Gas Pipeline, providing better access to existing and new natural gas production regions and gas storage infrastructure, especially in the emerging Perth Basin.

APA CEO and Managing Director Adam Watson said the NGI is the missing link for gas infrastructure in Western Australia, creating an interconnected gas pipeline network covering 2,690 kilometres from north to south and west to east, and supporting long-term growth in key parts of the state’s resources sector.

"This infrastructure is the missing link in Western Australia’s gas network. For years an interconnected gas grid on the east coast has helped manage supply and demand challenges across key markets. With the completion of the NGI, linking Western Australia’s two major north- south gas pipelines, APA will ensure greater flexibility and security to meet the state’s long-term energy needs,” Mr Watson said.

“The NGI also demonstrates that we are backing Western Australia’s resources sector. We are investing ahead of demand, supporting the government’s long-term growth plans in areas like critical minerals and providing confidence to project owners that reliable energy is available to bring new projects to market.

“Gas continues to be critical to support Australia’s key industries with energy security. Paired with renewables, the availability of gas will also ensure our resources and other customers can operate and grow while delivering on their broader decarbonisation objectives.

“We would like to thank the Western Australia Government along with community stakeholders, including Traditional Owner groups, for their collaboration and ongoing engagement as we have delivered this important project.”

Western Australia Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Energy; Hydrogen Industry and Industrial Relations, the Hon. Bill Johnston MLA said projects like the NGI drive economic diversification and growth.

“Congratulations to APA and everyone else involved with the construction of the Northern Goldfields Interconnect pipeline. Projects like this play a valuable role in helping to drive economic diversification and this pipeline provides a platform for growth opportunities throughout the Mid West and Goldfields,” Minister Johnston said.

“The Cook Government is supportive of proponents that bring additional gas supply to market, especially as new supply is critical to meet demand.”

The NGI pipeline commences at Ambania, approximately 50 kilometres east of Geraldton, and connects to the Goldfields Gas Pipeline, approximately 40 kilometres south of Leinster.

Commissioned on 23 June 2023, the NGI provides greater access to existing and new natural gas production regions and gas storage infrastructure, especially in the emerging Perth Basin, supporting the region’s energy requirements.

 

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About APA Group (APA)

APA is a leading Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) listed energy infrastructure business. We own and/or manage and operate a diverse, $22 billion portfolio of gas, electricity, solar and wind assets. Consistent with our purpose to strengthen communities through responsible energy, we deliver approximately half of the nation’s gas usage and connect Victoria with South Australia, New South Wales with Queensland, and Tasmania with Victoria through our investments in electricity transmission assets. We also own and operate renewable power generation assets in Australia, with wind and solar projects across the country. APA Infrastructure Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of APA Infrastructure Trust and is the borrowing entity of APA Group.

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