A LONG awaited dream of having a gas pipeline linking from the west coast to the east of Australia may be a step closer with the Federal Government named ACIL Allen and GHD as the successful tenderer to conduct a pre-feasibility study on the proposal.
The West-East Gas Pipeline pre-feasibility study is the first Commonwealth investigation of the potential for constructing a gas pipeline from Western Australia to link up to the east coast gas market.
Federal Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg and Minister for Finance Mathias Cormann, said the findings from the study may lead to a full feasibility study to test the viability of constructing a natural gas pipeline to provide additional gas supplies and increase competition in the east coast gas market.
Australian-owned consultancy ACIL Allen will be involved in the market and analysis component of the study, while GHD will take on the pipeline engineering and pipeline route assessment component.
Ministers Frydenberg and Cormann said ACIL Allen is a leader in energy policy, market trends and project economics in Australia. GHD provide detailed technical advice in the fields of engineering, architecture and environmental modelling.
ACIL Allen and GHD are due to provide the pre-feasibility report in March 2018.