APA, one of Australia’s largest natural gas infrastructure businesses, has announced the creation of a new $80 million gas pipeline project in southern Queensland.
The 50km bi-directional pipeline will connect APA’s Wallumbilla Hub to the Australia Pacific LNG Pipeline at Reedy Creek in southern QLD.
It will have a capacity of up to 300 tetrajoules per day.
The new pipeline announcement was welcomed by QLD mines minister Anthony Lynham, who highlighted further employment opportunities it will create.
“With construction to start in 2017, the project is estimated to create 170 jobs including 20 permanent jobs within land access, approvals, technical design and procurement teams and 100 to 150 jobs for the construction phase of the project,” he said.
Lynham went on to say that it would give APLNG the flexibility to send gas either to Gladstone for export LNG production, or directly to the domestic gas market.
He added that the Department of Resources and Mines is assessing APA’s application for a petroleum survey licence, as an initial step to identify alternative pipeline routes between existing facilities.