THE THIRD shipment of components for the Eastern Goldfields Pipeline, set to deliver gas from APA Group’s existing facilities to AngloGold Ashanti’s mining operations, has arrived in Fremantle.

The 292 kilometre pipeline will comprise 16,500 lengths of 18 metre pipe, extending the Goldfields gas system to almost 1,800 kilometres.

The pipeline will transport gas from Yarraloola at the northern tip of the Goldfields Gas Pipeline to AngloGold’s Sunrise Dam and Tropicana gold mining operations via the lateral pipeline at the Murrin Murrin nickel mine.

AngloGold Ashanti said in July that the gas would be used for local power generation, displacing diesel fuel and LNG transported by road, with the power stations at both mines modified in order to run on 100 per cent natural gas, while retaining diesel backup capability.

APA will transport gas a total distance of 1,500 kilometres to the mines through three of its interconnected pipelines – the Goldfields Gas Pipeline, the Murrin Murrin Lateral and the new Eastern Goldfields Pipeline.

WA’s Department of Mines and Petroleum is overseeing the $140 million pipeline project, with minister Bill Marmion saying up to 300 people would work on the project this year.

“It is expected to be finished by December, boosting existing mining operations through potentially cheaper energy and greatly reduced truck numbers on access roads,” he said.

The pipeline will also promote more development along the route, including the East Tropicana gold deposits, he said.

Baseline flora and fauna, heritage and archaeological surveys have been conducted along the route.

The first gas delivery is planned for January 2016.