Woodside awards pipeline project contract to Australia’s AGIG

Energy infrastructure provider Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG) has been awarded a significant new project in Western Australia by Woodside.

The contract is for the pipeline component of Woodside’s Pluto-North West Shelf (NWS) Interconnector. A 30-inch diameter pipeline will travel 3.2km, connecting the Woodside-operated Pluto LNG Plant to the NWS Project’s Karratha Gas Plant (KGP).

Under the scope of the contract, AGIG will design, construct and operate the new pipeline in addition to three facilities, including: a new inlet point and pig launcher adjacent to the Pluto domestic gas export compressor; a new meter station located near the KGP; and a new pig receiver and outlet within the KGP.

“AGIG already delivers for Western Australia through the Dampier Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline (DBNGP) and our partnerships with many of the state’s major resource companies,” said Ben Wilson, CEO of AGIG. “We are proud to be partnering with Woodside on this important project to support the further development of gas infrastructure on the North West Shelf.”

Design, engineering and approvals for the pipeline are at an advanced stage, and are being handled in-house by AGIG experts following granting of the pipeline licence PL-122 in October 2019.

Jon Cleary, AGIG’s general manager commercial, added: “Subject to the granting of environmental and regulatory approvals, construction is planned to begin in 2020, with procurement and engineering already underway. We look forward to AGIG's continuing involvement in delivering such vital projects and the benefits that flow from such developments, including local jobs and ongoing employment opportunities."

According to AGIG, regulatory approvals have been significantly progressed, including pipeline licence and application for environmental approval. Granting of land access is expected before the end of the year.

Construction and operation of the pipeline is subject to finalisation of regulatory and relevant joint venture approvals.

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