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Jemena completes Queensland Gas Pipeline expansion

Jemena’s Queensland Gas Pipeline (QGP) expansion project is complete, enhancing transmission and storage capacity and improving the resilience of the pipeline infrastructure.

The $A40 million project has increased QGP’s capacity by seven per cent, delivering around 10TJ/day of additional firm capacity.

To expand capacity, Jemena installed a duplicate 35 km section of 400 mm diameter pipeline (known as “looping”) between the Arcadia Valley main line valve and Rolleston compressor station and developed surface facilities at both sites.

Jemena’s Pipelines Commercial Manager Gabrielle Sycamore said the investment in the QGP expansion ensured it could meet future demand for gas transport from customers.

“Our investment ensures the QGP will continue to transport gas safely and reliably to our customers,” Ms Sycamore said.

“While the gas industry may experience some price and supply challenges in the next few years, gas production, consumption and exports are all forecast to grow over the next two decades

“At Jemena, we’re focused on expanding and improving our transmission infrastructure so we can take advantage of the opportunities presented by the burgeoning onshore gas development and gas export industries.

“This extra capacity will position the QGP to be part of any future plans to link up gas pipelines around the country.”

Jemena announced the QGP expansion project in February this year. Construction started in June after environmental approvals were secured and extensive consultation with Traditional Owners, landholders and other stakeholders.

The QGP links Queensland’s Bowen and Surat basin gas fields with the Central Queensland industrial centres of Gladstone and Rockhampton.

The pipeline transports natural gas for large commercial and industrial customers in Gladstone, Rockhampton and Moura, including Queensland Alumina, Rio Tinto, Orica, Boyne Smelters and Queensland Magnesia. It also delivers gas to the retail distribution networks of Gladstone, Rockhampton and Wide Bay.

It is the second major project to increase the QGP’s transmission capacity in five years. In 2010, Jemena invested more than $100 million to double QGP’s capacity to 52 PJ/annum.