Sea Gas Pipeline Granted SA Pipeline Licence

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12 February 2002

The SEA Gas Project to bring gas from Victoria to Adelaide moved a major step forward today after being granted a Pipeline Licence by the South Australian Government.

The granting of the Pipeline Licence by the SA Minister for Minerals and Energy, Wayne Matthew follows a comprehensive six-month study involving State Government agencies, local councils, environmental and indigenous groups and land holders along the proposed pipeline route and the public exhibition of an Environmental Impact Report last year.

The Licence effectively gives the proponents of the SEA Gas project – Origin Energy and its joint venture partner Australian National Power – the right to build the SA component of the planned 680 kilometre pipeline.

Origin Energy’s Executive General Manager – Generation, Mr Andrew Stock, who is also a Director of the SEA Gas Project, said SEA Gas would facilitate major Origin Energy growth projects including the company’s Yolla development and its new Thylacine/Geographe gas discoveries in the offshore Otway Basin.

“The SEA Gas project completes the South East Australian energy highway. The increased access to markets and security of supply is set to provide a major stimulus for investment in other infrastructure and development in South Australia and Victoria,” Mr Stock said.

The open access, 360 mm diameter, 15MPa pipeline will allow Origin Energy, Australian National Power and other interested parties to ship up to 70 petajoules a year – lifting the inward capacity for gas into Adelaide by more than 80 per cent.

Benefits of the SEA Gas pipeline will include:

- Alleviating current gas supply security issues in South Australia and Victoria
- Creating direct regional benefits of more than $40 million along the construction corridor and up to $1 billion in associated off-shore gas development in Victoria
- Promoting development of the Minerva and Yolla gas fields
- Creating new markets for Otway Basin gas discoveries, particularly the new Thylacine and Geographe gas fields
- Contributing to Australia’s ability to meet its Greenhouse gas emission commitments.

The first gas is expected to be delivered by the SEA Gas pipeline in October, 2003.


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