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APA, Empire propose Beetaloo pipeline

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Empire Energy has executed a transportation services agreement with APA Group to explore the development of a Beetaloo mid-stream infrastructure in the Northern Territory. 

As part of the memorandum of understanding (MOU), the two companies will assess opportunities to build, own and operate gathering, production, processing, and transportation infrastructure for the movement of gas and liquids from Empire’s Northern Territory assets.  

Empire and APA will promote a common user model for development of Beetaloo’s Sub-Basin infrastructure to drive economies of scale benefits and lower cost per unit charges. 

APA’s Northern Strategy envisages expansion of the Amadeus Gas Pipeline through additional gas compression augmenting the Northern Territory Government’s plans for development of gas supported manufacturing industry and LNG export expansion at Darwin.  

 The company’s Eastern Strategy includes development of a greenfield pipeline between the Amadeus Gas Pipeline and Carpentaria Gas Pipeline at Mount Isa to bring gas to southern markets to help address predicted future shortfalls in both domestic market and LNG export capacity at Gladstone.  

In addition, APA has proposed a staged and incremental development approach for the Beetaloo Sub-basin, thereby leveraging its network to reduce the required initial capital investment and align the pace of upstream development.  

However, the MOU does not restrict Empire from engaging, negotiating and entering into agreements for use of the McArthur River Gas Pipeline. 

The proposed new Beetaloo pipeline will become part of the existing APA gas distribution network and be the most capital efficient model for connecting the Beetaloo Sub-basin to market.  

APA will outline its Beetaloo infrastructure plans at the Southeast Asia Australia Offshore & Onshore Conference (SEAAOC).  

APA is a leading Australian energy infrastructure business and its continuous network of gas pipelines on the east coast access all the principal east coast markets including Gladstone, Brisbane, Mount Isa, Wallumbilla, Sydney, and Melbourne. APA owns the Amadeus Gas Pipeline in the Northern Territory.  

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