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    APA to start 2nd stage expansion of East Coast gas grid in Australia

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This second stage is part of APA’s East Coast grid pipeline network expansion, which will add a total of 25% capacity at a total capital investment of around A$270mn.

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APA to start 2nd stage expansion of East Coast gas grid in Australia

Australian energy infrastructure business APA Group will start the second stage of its expansion of the East Coast gas grid, which will add around 13% of capacity for southern states ahead of peak winter demand in 2024, it said on May 25.

This second stage is part of APA’s East Coast grid pipeline network expansion announced in May 2021, which will add a total of 25% capacity at a total capital investment of around A$270mn ($191mn).

The second stage is expected to help address potential peak winter shortfalls by increasing the winter peak capacity of the East Coast grid through additional compression and associated works on both the South West Queensland Pipeline (SWQP) and Moomba Sydney Pipeline (MSP).

The first stage, which will add 12% capacity, is already under construction and targeted for completion ahead of forecast southern state supply risks in winter 2023, APA said.

The SWQP and the MSP are the key pathways for the delivery of gas from Queensland and the Northern Territory to southern markets.