APA Group’s Eastern Goldfields Pipeline (EGP) was officially opened in February after work was completed ahead of schedule in December.

The pipeline extends APA Group’s Goldfields gas system to almost 1,800 kilometres of pipeline, and ensures a steady supply of gas to the Sunrise Dam and Tropicana gold mines operated by AngloGold Ashanti Australia.

The 293 kilometre pipeline brings gas from the Carnarvon basin to the mines, as it connects the Murrin Murrin lateral pipeline, an extension of the Goldfields gas pipeline, to the Tropicana gold mine in Western Australia.

APA managing director Mick McCormack said thanked the WA government, as well as power station owners Energy Developments and Kalgoorlie Power Systems, mining companies, the Shire of Laverton and community members who provided services during construction.

“As an engineering project the EGP is a great success story that exceeded all production and safety targets, an achievement we take pride in,” he said.

“It is also a shining example of what can be done when industry partners, a progressive government and supportive local authorities and communities collaborate so effectively.”

Western Australian mines and petroleum minister Bill Marmion said the $140 million pipeline would increase returns from existing operations

“This is a game-changer for the area, with eight operational or proposed projects in line to benefit, potentially employing 3,000 people,” he said.

“While Sunrise Dam and Tropicana gold mines will reap the rewards of dependable, cleaner fuel, some of the State’s most exciting new gold, uranium and rare earths ventures are now within reach of the gas network.”

The mines and other operations will use the gas for local power generation, displacing diesel fuel and any liquefied natural gas currently transported via road to the mines.

“Replacing diesel and LNG for power generation by piping in natural gas at Sunrise Dam and Tropicana will slash fuel truck movements by 1,450 per year, a huge benefit to graziers and other local road users,” Mr Marmion said.