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Trans-continental pipeline gathers steam

The idea of a transcontinental pipeline from North West Western Australia to the Cooper Basin in South Australia is gaining support in Canberra.

The West Australian reports that a pipeline, which was originally touted in the 1990’s, is being considered by the Turnbull Government to help ease the east coast gas crisis.

“Yes, this is absolutely something worth considering,” Finance Minister Mathias Cormann told The West Australian.

“We are currently considering it as part of the work we are doing about improving energy security and affordability.”

Minister for Energy and the Environment Josh Frydenberg said the idea was an appealing one and that the Government is exploring all options the ease the crisis.

“Clearly the economics need to step up but the Government is very serious about investigating the potential for such nation-building infrastructure,” said Mr Fyrdenberg.

Former Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett has also called for the pipeline to be investigated, saying it would justify the development of large fields off the coast of WA, such as the Scarborough project and Browse field development.

“With the gas discoveries that took place over the last 20 years off the North West coast of WA there is over 100 years’ supply of natural gas for Australia,” said Mr Barnett.

Estimated to cost upwards of $5 billion, the pipeline would run 1,500 km from Dampier or Kalgoorlie in Western Australia to the Moomba gas hub in the Cooper Basin in South Australia.