APA Imports Line Pipe from China for Victorian Project
Baosteel has delivered line pipe
from China to the Port of Melbourne, which will be used for APA Group’s Victorian gas infrastructure expansion project. The company is contracted to supply the entire steel pipe requirements for APA Group’s Victorian expansion project.
Shanghai Baosteel Group Corporation is a state-owned iron and steel company headquartered in the Bao Steel Tower in Shanghai, China. Baosteel is the largest and most advanced integrated steel company in China and second-largest steel producer in the world.
APA is Australia’s largest natural gas infrastructure business, owning and/or operating $12 billion of energy assets. Its gas transmission pipelines span every state and territory on mainland Australia, delivering approximately half of the nation’s gas usage.
APA Group announced last year it would proceed with a further expansion of the Victorian – New South Wales interconnect following an extension to its gas transportation agreement with Lumo Energy. The project involves 162 km of looping on the Victorian Northern Interconnect pipeline (62 percent of the pipeline), which is part of the Victorian Transmission System. This expansion will involve an increase in compression at Culcairn, New South Wales, as well as additional looping on the Victorian Transmission System, at a total cost of approximately $25 million.
The aggregate effect of the three expansions will be to increase firm peak winter gas flow capacity from the Victorian Transmission System into the Moomba Sydney Pipeline System by 145 per cent. All three expansions will commence this year and be completed by winter 2015.