Western Parkland City development
One of the largest development for gas infrastructure over the next 20 years and beyond will be to service the growth of the Western Parkland City. Governed by the Western Parkland City Authority (WPCA), this area will host the Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport as well as Western Sydney Aerotropolis and a number of new precincts and community spaces. Scheduled to open in 2026, the new airport will be surrounded by industrial, agricultural, commercial and residential developments.
In 2020, Jemena entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Sydney Water and Endeavour Energy under which the three organisations are adopting a multi-utility concept to seamlessly deliver safe, reliable and innovative infrastructure to the Western Parkland City.
The Western Sydney Airport is set to feature an Airport Freight and Logistics precinct, an Airport Commercial precinct and the Passenger Terminal precinct. The Passenger Terminal will cater for up to 10 million passengers annually as part of Stage 1 with further expansion of the terminal and commercial facilities where a second parallel runway is estimated to be required by 2050. A gas mains extension is required along Elizabeth Drive to service the area.
The Aerotropolis Core will be a 24-hour global centre to provide a variety of commercial and housing options for the workers, residents and visitors coming to and from the Western Sydney Airport. The current forecasts for the area include 8,000 new dwellings and a mix of commercial use developments such as offices, entertainment facilities, cafes, restaurants, education centres and defence and aerospace technology providers. The initial development of this area is currently planned for 2022.
The Sydney Science Park is part of the Northern Gateway precinct of the Aerotropolis and will include a technology centre that includes education and research facilities, food production and processing, 30,000m2 of total retail space allocated and approximately 3,400 residential dwellings. Jemena is working towards a servicing plan for this area.
For more information about this project, please visit the WPCA website.
The Edmondson Park growth area is already servicing gas customers off the medium pressure gas network. Jemena’s overall plan for the area is to ultimately provide another source of gas supply by constructing a new steel gas main. Sections of this project have been constructed in conjunction with other works such as Edmondson Park train station and RMS widening of Campbelltown Rd. The project will continue to be constructed in a staged approach in collaboration with land developers and council as more customers are connected.
The first two stages of the overall Edmondson Park augmentation project occurred in 2013 and 2014, by constructing a portion of the secondary steel feeder main under the Edmondson Park railway line. There was a rare opportunity for Jemena to save on significant construction costs at the time of the construction of the Edmondson Park train station which opened in 2015. We can now take advantage of our foresight, to complete the gas feeder main (scheduled post 2020) and allow installation of a pressure regulator. This will ensure security of gas supply to the Edmondson Park growth area.