A $140 million gas project, including a 292 kilometre gas pipeline, is set to dramatically improve the energy supply and development potential of Western Australia’s Eastern Goldfields region.

WA Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion joined mining and gas company executives at Fremantle’s North Quay, where the third shipment of 18-metre pipe sections is being transported to the Eastern Goldfields to build the pipeline.

“This is great news for Goldfields energy and employment – with up to 300 people working on the pipeline construction this year,” Mr Marmion said.

“It is expected to be finished by December, boosting existing mining operations through potentially cheaper energy and greatly reduced truck numbers on access roads.”

The Eastern Goldfields Gas Pipeline will extend from the current Murrin Murrin/Yarraloola terminus to Sunrise Dam Gold Mine and on to Tropicana.

“Unlike the more volatile diesel market, gas gives mining companies energy price certainty,” the Minister said.

“The pipeline will also support and promote more development along the route including the East Tropicana gold deposits, found recently with assistance from the Liberal National Government’s successful Exploration Incentive Scheme.”

Baseline flora and fauna, heritage and archaeological surveys have been conducted along the route.

“Both the new pipeline and the Exploration Incentive Scheme are shining examples of how the Liberal National Government is working with the private sector to build jobs and opportunities for West Australians,” Mr Marmion said.

The first gas delivery is planned for January 2016.

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