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CME Welcomes Opening of Eastern Goldfields Pipeline

The Chamber of Minerals and Energy (CME) welcomes the opening of the Eastern Goldfields Pipeline (EGP).

The 293km pipeline was constructed by APA Group under a long-term agreement with AngloGold Ashanti Australia Ltd (AGAA) to deliver natural gas to the Sunrise Dam gold mine, 55km south of Laverton, and to the Tropicana gold mine, a joint venture between AGAA and Independence Group NL, 330km east-northeast of Kalgoorlie.

CME Chief Executive Reg Howard-Smith said the opening of the $140 million pipeline by Mines and Petroleum Minister, the Hon. Bill Marmion would underpin the future of the Yilgarn mining province in Western Australia.

“This represents a significant milestone for AngloGold Ashanti’s Australian operations and for several other world-class deposits in the area,” Mr Howard-Smith said.

“The delivery of additional infrastructure to isolated parts of the region will support the feasibility of projects which were previously considered to be unviable while securing a brighter future for many resources sector personnel.”

Mr Howard-Smith said the pipeline presented a great example of multiple stakeholders working together to deliver operational efficiencies and long-term sustainable cost reductions.

“Western Australia’s ongoing prosperity relies on innovative solutions which support efficiency and productivity improvements in a challenging commodities market,” Mr Howard-Smith said.

“Access to a cleaner dependable fuel source is expected to reduce operational exposure to diesel price volatility, improve environmental outcomes and decrease substantial annual road maintenance costs.”

Mr Howard-Smith also praised those who worked together on the safe and successful delivery of the project.

“The expertise of a highly skilled planning and construction team, including the Department of Mines and Petroleum acting as the lead approvals agency, was fundamental to the early delivery of the EGP,” Mr Howard-Smith said.

“The combined expertise enabled the pipeline to be completed six weeks ahead of schedule, enabling an early commissioning of the first gas generators at both mine sites.”