Underground gas project races time

CONSTRUCTION of a $125 million underground gas pipeline running for 58 kilometres from Wagerup to Worsley is chasing the weather.

The new pipeline, being built by Epic Energy (WA) Transmissions, duplicates the existing Dampier-to-Bunbury natural gas pipeline (DBNGP), a process referred to as ‘looping’.

An Epic Energy spokesperson said the new pipeline would provide increased gas supply to Worsley and supply gas to the co-generation plant adjacent to Worsley.

The project commenced on January 1 and completion is expected by June 30.

The Southern Loop project involves duplicating 24 km of the 450 mm main pipeline from MLV153 near Wagerup to MLV154 near Harvey, and duplicating 33 km of 200 mm diameter pipeline along the existing Worsley lateral.

The new pipeline will be located within the DBNGP existing easement, with a typical separation of six metres from the existing pipeline.

Epic Energy deputy project manager John Girle said the biggest problem the teams could encoun-ter was bad weather.

“The project is going very well at this stage – we are on time and on schedule,” he said. “We have had little interference from the weather, and hope we get three weeks’ fine weather.

“That is the biggest problem – we are chasing the weather to get the project finished by early June.”

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