Australia to Seek Relief from Gas Supply Crisis Via A$800M Project

Workers building gas pipeline systemThe Northern Territory government approved a proposed A$800 million gas pipeline in Australia to resolve a lack of energy supply in the eastern coast.

Jemena received approval from the state government to construct the western part of a 622-kilometre pipeline, which will connect to Queensland. It plans to break ground on the project as soon as possible to take advantage of the dry weather, according to Ken Vowles, Norther Territory Minister for Resources.

Global Exporter

Australia ranks as the second biggest exporter of liquefied natural gas worldwide. However, a diminishing local supply of the commodity has placed pressure to maintain this status, amid increasing prices in the last two years and overseas gas shipments.

Vowles said that Jemena would likely begin work on the pipeline project between May and October, with the first stage spanning for 340 kilometres. The remaining portions will still be subject to the Queensland government’s approval as well as from property owners along the covered areas.

The development will take place as the Australian Pipelines and Gas Association (APGA) introduced a new code of practice for pipeline safety standards, including the installation of press fit pipework systems, a service provided by firms such as

Best Practices

The new safety code will provide guidelines for designing, installing and operating polyethylene pipes used in the coal seam gas industry, according to APGA CEO Peter Greenwood.

The water, coalmine methane and biogas industries may apply the standards for their respective projects, which would lead to cheaper costs and increased workplace safety, he added. The APGA decided to release the new guidelines for public use, as opposed to being only available for its members in the past.

As Australia works to solve a gas supply crisis, companies will need to build more pipeline infrastructure that adheres to building standards for safe and efficient distribution of the commodity.