DBP Development Group will build, own and operate the domestic gas pipeline for the Chevron-operated Wheatstone Project. The Wheatstone Ashburton West Pipeline Project will link the Wheatstone Project’s domestic gas plant to DUET’s majority-owned Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline (DBNGP).

The Project is expected to be completed by Q4/2014 at a total cost of $94.9 million and includes:

• refurbishment of DDG’s existing 87 kilometre 10 inch pipeline from Ashburton West to Compressor Station 2 on DUET’s majority-owned Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline (DBNGP);

• construction of an 87 kilometre 16 inch loop alongside the existing 10 inch pipeline;

• construction of a new 22 kilometre 16 inch pipeline, connecting Ashburton West to the Wheatstone Project’s domestic gas plant; and

• an initial 30-year 100% take-or-pay gas transportation contract between DDG and Chevron Australia.  The Project will provide an initial forward haul gas transmission capacity of 337 TJ per day with future expansion capacity of up to 600TJ per day.

DBP Chief Executive Officer, Mr Stuart Johnston, said the agreement provides the opportunity to work on one of Australia’s largest resource projects and to create employment opportunities in Western Australia.

“We are pleased to have been awarded the domestic gas pipeline contract for the Wheatstone Project and to have the opportunity to create local jobs.  During the construction phase, the project will employ around 160 people in Western Australia, and more than 75% of the overall project costs will be spent in Australia”, said Mr Johnston.

“DBP prides itself as being a safe and reliable developer, owner and operator of critical pipeline infrastructure in Western Australia and we will maintain our high standards on this project”, said Mr Johnston.

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