Woodside awards pipeline contract to Australian Gas Infrastructure Group

Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG) has won a contract with Woodside Energy for the pipeline component of the Pluto-North West Shelf (NWS) Interconnector.

A new 30-inch diameter pipeline will run 3.2 kilometres, connecting the Woodside-operated Pluto LNG Plant to the NWS Project’s Karratha Gas Plant (KGP). It is the first component of the infrastructure needed to transport gas between the two facilities.

AGIG will design, construct and operate the new pipeline in addition to three facilities, including: a new inlet 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.

Ben Wilson, chief executive officer of AGIG, said the Woodside contract further cemented AGIG’s role as an owner and operator of critical Western Australian infrastructure.

“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,” Wilson said.

Jon Cleary, general manager commercial at AGIG, said design, engineering and approvals for the pipeline were at an advanced stage, handled by AGIG’s in-house subject matter experts following granting of the pipeline licence.

“Subject to the granting of environmental and regulatory approvals, construction is planned to begin in 2020, with procurement and engineering already under way,” Cleary said.

Noting the cultural significance of the Burrup Peninsula, extensive cultural heritage surveys were undertaken across the pipeline route to ensure that sensitive areas are protected and avoided during construction and operation of the pipeline.

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