Three engineering and construction firms have been appointed by Jemena to connect Australia’s first LNG import terminal at Port Kembla to the Eastern Gas Pipeline (EGP).

The appointment will see Zinfra, Nacap, and Wasco build a 12km underground pipeline which will transport up to 130PJ of gas annually from Squadron Energy’s Port Kembla Energy Terminal (PKET) to customers in New South Wales and Victoria via the EGP. 

Once commissioned, the pipeline will be able to transport enough gas to meet more than 75 per cent of New South Wales’ current gas needs.

Jemena’s Executive General Manager of Gas Markets, Antoon Boey, said Jemena had partnered with the three companies in recognition of their skill and acumen in delivering complex energy infrastructure projects.

“We’re proud to be working with highly regarded construction service providers like Zinfra, Nacap, and Wasco on a project which will help deliver more gas to Australia’s east coast gas market,” Mr Boey said.

“We will be leveraging the skills of our project partners in different ways, with Zinfra set to provide overarching project management and engineering services for the project; Nacap will construct the pipeline itself; and Wasco will deliver the Kembla Grange Metering Station, where this pipeline connects to the Eastern Gas Pipeline.”

Zinfra’s Managing Director, Peter Iancov, said, “At Zinfra, we’re proud to be delivering this nationally significant project which has the potential to bring more gas supply to industry, businesses, and households in New South Wales and Victoria.”

Nacap’s President, Matthew O’Connell, said Nacap, in partnership with Jemena, Zinfra, and Wasco is excited to be involved in delivering the PKET’s gas transmission pipeline. 

“We are working with the local community, stakeholders, and other project partners to ensure the construction phase activities are delivered safely and on time to underpin gas supply and with minimum impact to local communities,” Mr O’Connell said.

Wasco Australia’s Managing Director, Mel Whyte, said, “Wasco is very pleased to be selected by Jemena to deliver the Kembla Grange facilities as part of this important natural gas project. Our relationship with Jemena grows as we continue to complete infrastructure projects in Natural Gas and Future Fuels across Jemena’s portfolio.

“Wasco recently completed expansion projects for Jemena at Roma North and the Atlas Gas Compression Facilities in Queensland, and in 2021 we completed the Western Sydney Green Hydrogen project in Horsley Park, New South Wales. 

“Wasco is also finishing construction of the Malabar Biomethane Project and several other New South Wales pipeline and facility projects led by Jemena and its partner Zinfra. We look forward to continued success with this valued partnership.”

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