The State Government will begin the preliminary work required for developing a gas pipeline between Bunbury, Manjimup and Albany and a possible future extension to Ravensthorpe and Esperance.
Resources Development Minister Colin Barnett said today a gas pipeline in the Great Southern would act as a catalyst for the development of added value processing projects associated with the region’s mineral, timber, horticulture, and agricultural assets.
“I am confident the State Government along with the private sector will work to see a pipeline established in the South-West,” Mr Barnett said.
“The State Government has an excellent track record in this area. You only have to look at the successful pipelines to the Goldfields, Mid-West and the Pilbara.”
Mr Barnett said the Bunbury, Manjimup and Albany pipeline would be a two-stage process, in which the State Government would first establish a gas pipeline route and then call for Expressions of Interest to determine those organisations interested in constructing such a pipeline.
“The Government intends appointing a consulting group to study the potential alignment for the gas pipeline corridor within the next few days,” he said.
“Once a preferred route has been determined, environmental, ethnographic, archaeological and flora and fauna studies will be done to ensure the corridor is suitable for its intended use.
“Individual landholders, native title claimants and other interested parties will be invited to consult with the group.”
Mr Barnett said the Expressions of Interest process was expected to begin in the first half of next year, once the preferred alignment had been selected.
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