Application for 15 year no-coverage determination - Northern Goldfields Interconnect Gas Pipeline

On 23 June 2023 the National Competition Council received an application under section 151 of the National Gas Access (Western Australia) Law (WA Gas Law) from APA Northern Goldfields Interconnect Pty Ltd (APA) for a 15-year no-coverage determination for a natural gas pipeline in Western Australia that will run from Ambania, approximately 50 kilometres east of Geraldton and connect into the existing Goldfields Gas Pipeline (GGP), approximately 40 kilometres south of Leinster. 

The effect of any 15 year no-coverage determination would be to exempt the APA pipeline from coverage under the WA Gas Law for 15 years from its commissioning.

The Council placed public notices on 26 July inviting submissions on the application by 16 August 2023, but received no submissions. 

The Council released its Draft Recommendation on 18 October 2023 and invited submissions on the draft recommendation by Monday 13 November 2023, but received no submissions. 

The Council has now made its final recommendation and provided it to the relevant Minister on 24 November 2023.

See side bar for copies of the Final Recommendation and related documents.