Jemena has reached agreement to acquire the Origin Energy-owned Darling Downs Pipeline System (DDPS) following a six-month due diligence process.
The gas transmission and distribution company will now focus on integrating the DDPS into its portfolio of gas transmission assets, which includes the Eastern, Queensland, and Northern Gas pipelines.
Jemena managing director Paul Adams said the acquisition was a crucial next step in delivering on Jemena’s Northern Growth Strategy, which seeks to build an interconnected supply chain of energy delivery assets in northern Australia through targeted acquisitions and greenfield developments.
“This is a strategic investment for Jemena which leverages the DDPS’ connection with our Queensland Gas Pipeline to allow us to grow scale in this key market at a crucial time for the Australian energy sector,” said Mr Adams.
Mr Adams said Jemena’s Northern Growth Strategy focused on bringing gas to where it was needed most through the most efficient and cost-effective means available.
“We know that 75 per cent of total east-coast gas supplying domestic and export markets transacts through the Wallumbilla gas hub,” he said.
“Through our Northern Gas Pipeline (NGP) project we are connecting Northern Territory gas fields with Mount Isa in Queensland.
“A potential expansion and extension of the NGP to Wallumbilla would be capable of delivering up to or beyond 700 TJ of gas per day to the east-coast market and can play a significant role in resolving the east-coast gas supply shortage.”
Jemena recently received its pipeline licence from the Northern Territory Government for the construction of the NGP.
Construction is set to commence in mid-2017, with first gas to flow in 2018.
The DDPS consists of three interconnected gas transmission pipelines in the Darling Downs region that operate as a single pipeline network.
It spans 292km in length and transports gas from the gas fields in South-East Queensland to the Wallumbilla gas hub, the 630MW Darling Downs Power Station, and to APLNG’s export pipeline.