Pilbara Pipeline System

APA owns and operates the Pilbara Pipeline System serving Karratha, Port Hedland and mining and power generation customers in Western Australia’s Pilbara region.


The Pilbara Pipeline System (PPS) comprises three pipelines extending from North West Shelf Joint Venture’s Karratha Gas Plant to Port Hedland:

  • Burrup Extension Pipeline (24 kilometres) links Woodside’s Karratha Gas Plant with the Pilbara Energy Pipeline at DBNGP Mainline Valve 7, 20 kilometres south of Karratha.
  • Pilbara Energy Pipeline (216 kilometres) extends from Karratha, along the Pilbara coast to Port Hedland, where it interconnects with the Telfer Gas Pipeline.
  • Karratha Lateral (5 kilometres) connects Pilbara Energy Pipeline to the Horizon Power Station at Karratha.

PPS is currently a free-flow pipeline system, but its capacity can be increased through compression and/or looping to meet future increases in demand.

APA ownership


Regulatory status

The PPS is a non-scheme pipeline.

Related assets and facilities

Connected to the DBNGP near Karratha and to Telfer Gas Pipeline at Port Hedland.

Capacity and services

Refer to gas transmission services — west coast grid.

Information on utilisation is available on the Western Australian Gas Bulletin Board, which is updated daily.

Gas specification


Metering and measurement

APA Metering and Measurement requirements


If you are interested in acquiring gas transmission services for this pipeline, you can contact us on 08 6189 4300 to discuss your requirements. Alternatively, you may wish to make an enquiry by emailing us at commercial.contracts@apa.com.au.

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

Formal Access Request

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.

Potential customers do not have to submit a Formal Access Request to gain access to an APA pipeline. You can make a Formal Access Request by completing in-full the relevant User Access Request Form for this pipeline and emailing it to useraccessrequest@apa.com.au.