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APA to review VNIE tender submissions

APA Group is reviewing tenders to construct loopings 6-9 for its Victoria-New South Wales Interconnect (VNIE).

An APA Group spokesperson told The Australian Pipeliner that tender submissions have been received and are currently under review, with the award expected in early December 2015.

The looping follows APA Group signing a gas transportation agreement to expand capacity of the Victoria – New South Wales Interconnect in July 2015.

The multi-services agreement provides for the delivery of gas sourced from Victoria to the eastern Australian gas market for a term of seven years and will require looping on both the Moomba to Sydney Pipeline and the Victorian Transmission System, with the total cost of the expansion expected to be approximately AU$85 million.

Qube Energy has already commenced deliveries to the Benalla laydown yard, following the arrival of the first shipment of pipe at South Wharf, Victoria.

Construction is expected to be completed by the middle of 2016.

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