The Western Slopes Pipeline is a planned pipeline in NSW. The APA Group has entered into a Project Development Agreement with Santos NSW (Pipeline) Pty Limited, a subsidiary of Santos Limited. The agreement provides a framework for the APA Group and Santos to work with regulatory authorities and local communities towards the development of a new pipeline from Santos’ proposed Narrabri Gas Project to connect to the existing APA Group-owned East Coast Grid through the Moomba Sydney Pipeline.
The APA Group has commenced a comprehensive regulatory approval process with the submission of a Preliminary Environmental Assessment to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment and an EPBC Referral to the Commonwealth Department of the Environment and Energy. These documents will include details of a proposed pipeline corridor, located west of the existing Central West Pipeline which preliminary studies identified as the most suitable for construction. Further steps in the design and construction of the pipeline are subject to a series of staged regulatory approval requirements. The pipeline is ultimately subject to a Final Investment Decision by Santos, regulatory approval of the Narrabri Gas Project and execution of an agreed form gas transportation agreement.
According to estimates from Santos, the proposed Narrabri Gas Project has the potential to supply natural gas to more than 1.1 million homes and 30,000 business and industrial customers in NSW.