WESTERN Australian demand for gas, driven by recent cold temperatures, has resulted in a record amount of gas being delivered to population centres in the south of the state via the Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline (DBNGP).

On 9 July, 807 terajoules (TJ) of gas was delivered to customers in Perth and the South West, representing the largest throughput figure since the pipeline was commissioned nearly 30 years ago.

The new record eclipsed the previous highest throughput of 793 TJ set on 7 July, 2011.

High deliveries are anticipated to continue into the coming week and are being driven by cold weather conditions, the unavailability of a coal fired power station, and low wind farm power generation.

DBP chief executive Stuart Johnston said he was pleased the DBNGP was able to deliver this record amount of gas, which he added was still below its full design capacity design of 845 TJ/day.

“The current throughput demand is very significant demonstrates the benefits of our continued investment in the pipeline’s expansion since 2004,” he said.

“This week we eclipsed the previous throughput record by 14 TJ and still have ample capacity to deliver more gas should our customers demand it.”

The DBNGP is WA’s key gas transmission pipeline stretching almost 1,600 kilometres and linking the gas fields located in the Carnarvon Basin off the Pilbara coast with population centres and industry in the south-west of the state.