New pipeline to reinvigorate WA’s Eastern Goldfields region

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Image credit: flickr user: Hamish Fenton

The development of a new gas transmission pipeline to supply mining operations in the eastern Goldfields region of Western Australia is progressing as planned with the delivery of the third shipment of 18-metre pipe sections to the Eastern Goldfields.

Image credit: flickr user: Hamish Fenton
Image credit: flickr user: Hamish Fenton

The construction of the 292 kilometre pipeline, which will cost an estimated $140 million, is set to dramatically improve the energy supply and development potential of the region and generate up to 300 construction jobs this year.

“This is great news for Goldfields energy and employment – with up to 300 people working on the pipeline construction this year. It is expected to be finished by December, boosting existing mining operations through potentially cheaper energy and greatly reduced truck numbers on access roads,” said Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion.

According to the press release by Minister Marmion, the Eastern Goldfields Gas Pipeline will extend from the current Murrin Murrin/Yarraloola terminus to Sunrise Dam Gold Mine and on to Tropicana.

“Unlike the more volatile diesel market, gas gives mining companies energy price certainty. The pipeline will also support and promote more development along the route including the East Tropicana gold deposits, found recently with assistance from the Liberal National Government’s successful Exploration Incentive Scheme,” the Minister said.

He said the Liberal National Government has conducted baseline flora and fauna, heritage and archaeological surveys along the route.

“Both the new pipeline and the Exploration Incentive Scheme are shining examples of how the Liberal National Government is working with the private sector to build jobs and opportunities for West Australians,” Minister Marmion added.

The pipeline is being developed by APA Group and is expected to be fully operational by January 2016.