AUSTRALIAN Gas Networks (AGN) will build one pipeline and significanlty upgrade another in a move to boost natural gas supplies to Adelaiede’s southern districts.

The new $6 million pipeline will provide natural gas to the McLaren Vale wine and tourism district for the first time – with AGN aiming to connect up to 1,500 new customers in the next 20 years.

AGN has compleded the project’s first stage, a six kilometre gas supply main from Commercial road, Maslin Beach to McLaren Vale.

Stage two, which started in May, involves construction of about 18 kilometres of reticulation pipeline to make natural gas available to most properties in the township.

This will take up to two years to complete and will involve another multi-million dollar investment during the course of its construction, AGN said.

AGN will also spend $6 million to upgrade the Seaford Aldinga high pressure network – the main gas pipeline supplying Adelaide’s southern coastal region including Seaford, Aldinga and Seaford Meadows – to improve and increase gas supplies to thousands of homes and businesses in the region.

The upgrade to the Seaford Aldinga high pressure network included a 1.5 kilometre extension, a transmission to a high pressure regulator, and a 1.8 kilometre polyethylene main to connect to the existing network.