Epic joins Wesfarmers in LPG expansion

EPIC Energy has entered an agreement with Wesfarmers Energy to enable a $20 million expansion to Wesfarmers LPG plant at Kwinana.

The agreement provides Wes-farmers Energy with access to increased natural gas volumes, as a result of Epic Energy’s recent $125 million expansion of the Dampier to Bunbury natural gas pipeline.

The increased gas flows from the expansion mean greater quantities of propane and butane are available for extraction by the Wesfarmers LPG plant.

Wesfarmers will expand its LPG extraction plant at Kwinana by 60,000 tonnes a year, increasing capacity by almost 25 per cent to around 300,000 tonnes annually to supply local and export markets.

Epic CEO Jay Holm said the agreement was significant for industry in the South West.

“We have been working closely with Wesfarmers Energy and AlintaGas over the last few months to bring this project to fruition,” Mr Holm said.

Epic expanded the DBNGP in 1999 to provide an increased capacity of 78 terajoules per day in order to meet the demand of key industries in the South West, including Wesfarmers CSBP, Alcoa, Worsley and the South West Cogeneration Plant.

The expansion was part of an $800 million commitment Epic gave to the WA Government when it took over the DBNGP.

Epic is currently undertaking a feasibility study for the expansion of the Dampier to Bunbury natural gas pipeline in the South West, with the construction of a gas transmission pipeline to Albany and possibly through to Esperance.

Results of the feasibility study are expected towards the end of the year.

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