Map of Central Ranges Pipeline

APA owns and operates the Central Ranges Pipeline.


The 294-kilometre Central Ranges Pipeline (CRP) is a transmission pipeline that runs from Dubbo to Tamworth in NSW.

The CRP connects the Central West Pipeline at Dubbo to the Central Ranges distribution network at Tamworth. The Central West Pipeline is connected to the Moomba Sydney Pipeline at Marsden.

A diagram of the CRP can be found here, showing:

  • Pipeline capacity.
  • Details of receipt and delivery points.
  • Key facilities connected to the pipeline.
  • Technical and physical characteristics of the pipeline.
APA Ownership


Regulatory Status

The CRP is a non-scheme pipeline.

It has been granted a category 3 exemption (average throughput less than 10TJ/day) from aspects of the information disclosure and reporting requirements under Part 23 of the National Gas Rules.

Capacity and Services

The following standard services are offered on the CRP, subject to available capacity:

  • Firm Transport
  • Operational Capacity Transfer

A description of these services, including the Standard Gas Transportation Agreement (SGTA) can be found on the gas transmission services page.

Standing tariffs for Firm transportation services, as at 1 July 2021, are as follows:

  • Special Contract Transportation Service – $2.62/GJ
  • Contracts Transportation Service – $3.76/GJ
  • Industrial and Commercial Transportation Service – $7.50/GJ
  • Domestic Transportation Service – $9.75/GJ

These are firm throughput-only tariffs with a minimum bill equivalent to 80% of the contracting customer’s firm capacity reservation.

The standing tariffs are based on those approved under the access arrangement in operation from 2005-2019, escalated by CPI since the expiry of the access arrangement.

Tariffs for the Operational Capacity Transfer service can be found on the tariffs and terms page.

Non-standard services or alternative terms may be available by negotiation.

Notes on services

APA is progressively rolling out Operational Capacity Transfer service capability on all key pipelines. APA will prioritise this service rollout in accordance with shipper demand.

Policies, Procedures and Requirements

Metering and Measurement

Metering and Measurement obligations are outlined in APA's SGTA (East and Central), and for this pipeline are set out here.

Gas Specification

APA requires the Gas Specification or any other quality to comply with the relevant Australian Standard (AS 4564). APA will measure and/or monitor gas quality in accordance with relevant obligations under contract. Quality obligations are outlined in APA’s SGTA (East and Central).

Credit support

APA has minimum credit support requirements that are a pre-condition to gaining access to pipeline services. APA's credit support requirements are set out here.


If you are interested in acquiring services for this pipeline, you can contact us on 07 3323 6110 to discuss your requirements. Alternatively, you may wish to make an enquiry by emailing us at  [email protected].

We encourage potential customers to contact APA early when considering their gas supply and transport needs. Early discussion of needs improves the likelihood that APA can tailor services to meet them.

Formal Access Request

Potential customers do not have to submit a Formal Access Request to gain access to an APA pipeline. If you are interested in acquiring services for this pipeline, you can contact us at the contact details above to discuss your requirements.

For APA's non-scheme pipelines, you have a right to make a Formal Access Request pursuant to Rule 559 of the National Gas Rules. Lodging a Formal Access Request triggers a formal process of Access Offer and information exchange between APA and the potential customer. Details are in APA's User Access Guide.

You can make a Formal Access Request by completing in full the relevant User Access Request Form for the CRP and emailing it to [email protected].