Tony McRae

Tony McRae

Former Minister for the Environment; Climate Change; Disability Services

    Minister visits community on Kemerton alignment

    17/11/2006 5:15 PM

    Landowners, mine operators and Harvey Shire representatives around Kemerton put their views to a review of alignment options for the expanded Dampier-Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline (DBNGP).

    Assisting Planning and Infrastructure Minister Tony McRae said expansion of the 1,500km gas pipeline was essential for Western Australia’s future.

    “Getting new infrastructure in place demands a balance between the economic, environmental and social interests to achieve a sustainable long-term gas supply to the South-West,” Mr McRae said.

    “I agreed at a meeting in September to visit the affected area and talk to businesses and landowners who might be affected by the options available to us.

    “Visiting the district and inspecting both the current and alternative pipeline routes has given me a better understanding of the issues arising from the different options.

    “We need to make sure we get this right to ensure gas will be available to new industry and potentially hundreds of thousands of new families in Perth and the South-West and also for business over the next 50 plus years.”

    One proposal is for the pipeline corridor to be expanded from a width of 16m with two pipelines, to a total width of 30m with a capacity to support up to four pipelines, while other options involve various deviations from the existing corridor to minimise the impact on farmers and reduce environmental damage to important wetlands.

    Diversified Utility Energy Trusts Alinta and Alcoa own the two pipelines, with a current capacity of 632 TJ per day and with the possible expansion of adding another two, there is the capability to provide for the long-term energy needs of the rapidly growing region.

    “Collie-Wellington MLA Mick Murray has been instrumental in organising community meetings and lobbying for an early decision and I thank him and the local farmers for their help,” the Minister said.

    “I have undertaken to have a draft decision ready before the end of the year and after this week’s successful visit, I am sure we can resolve this issue for most stakeholders.”

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