Basin review, Cooper Basin, Projects

Key engineering milestones achieved

First gas at Red Gully

The Red Gully Gas and Condensate Processing Facility development, operated by Empire Oil and Gas NL, has recently delivered first gas as part of the facility commissioning. The processing facility is located just over an hour’s drive from Perth, near the country town of Gingin. The gas is contracted to Alcoa of Australia and the export of “˜sales quality’ gas into the Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline from the facility occurred in early June 2013. Condensate is also being produced to specification, with the first load out by road tanker haulage to the BP Refinery in Kwinana expected to occur in July 2013.

Foundations in place at Moomba

The Moomba Compressor Station (MCS), a new-build, three-train compression facility for APA Group, is in the early stages of construction with major foundations already in place. Additional on-site works for the associated pressure reduction and heating station is expected to commence shortly. The facility is located at the Moomba end of the South West Queensland Pipeline (SWQP).

The MCS is part of the APA Group’s SWQP Eastern Haul Project, which will add bi-directional flow capabilities to the SWQP, allowing gas to be shipped in either Eastern Haul or Western Haul service. Eastern Haul capability will allow compression of gas for transport from the Cooper Basin region to customers in southeast Queensland. Engineering for the entire Moomba facility has been completed out of Momentum’s Perth office.

Stations upgrade on the GGP

An upgrade of two existing stations on APA Group’s Goldfields Gas Pipeline (GGP) is proceeding and is well into construction with the installation of new compression facilities, associated utilities and amenities. The project involves the addition of new compression facilities at two existing sites on the GGP – the first located at Yarraloola and the second at Paraburdoo, both located in Western Australia.

The engineering design for a third, new-build, two-unit station on the same pipeline has also been completed. Each of the three stations is located in a different, remote part of Western Australia. The GGP projects are all designed to augment pipeline capacity for gas supply to major mine programs located adjacent to the pipeline. APA is managing the project and the existing station upgrades on behalf of the Goldfields Gas Transmission Joint Venture, through which APA owns
88.2 per cent of the GGP.

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