Woodside is proposing a pipeline to transport gas from Pluto LNG to the North West Shelf Project’s Karratha Gas Plant (KGP).
Project capacity LNG (100% of project)
Target ready for start up (RFSU)
Woodside is constructing a pipeline to transport gas from Pluto LNG to the North West Shelf Project’s Karratha Gas Plant (KGP). Gas would be treated at new gas conditioning facilities at Pluto LNG before being transported through the 5 km, 30 inch pipeline to the KGP, constructed along the existing Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline (DBNGP) corridor.
Transporting gas through the Pluto-KGP Interconnector would provide opportunities to take advantage of future excess capacity at KGP. It will also provide potential to accelerate future developments of other offshore Pluto gas reserves, as well as third-party resources.
In November 2019, Woodside announced a final investment decision on the pipeline component of the Interconnector and entered into contractual arrangements with DDG Operations Pty Ltd (DDGO), part of Australian Gas Infrastructure Group, for the construction of the pipeline and its ongoing operation and maintenance.
The chosen design and route positions the Pluto-KGP Interconnector to avoid disturbance of protected heritage sites and environmental values. The Interconnector is not expected to increase net emissions from Woodside-operated facilities. We will continue to manage emissions from our facilities and comply with environmental requirements. On 24 May 2019, Commonwealth Department of Energy and Environment (DoEE) issued its referral decision of ‘not a controlled action’, which means no further assessment and approval is required under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. The WA Environmental Protection Authority's (EPA) report and recommendations for the environmental approval application, by DDG Operations Pty Ltd, to construct and operate the pipeline was published on 4 June 2019.
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Pluto-KGP Interconnector EPA Referral
Environmental approval for the pipeline was secured in 2019.
Environmental approvals timeline
In June 2019, the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) recommended environmental approval of the Interconnector, subject to conditions, including the protection of internationally significant Aboriginal rock art.
Referral Nov 2018
Public comment period Nov 2018
EPA Report on assessment June 2019
Federal and State Ministers' decision June 2019