Epic Energy Chief Executive Officer Clive D’Cruz said the company is working as swiftly as possible, but must to work safely and thoroughly. “We are continuing to work with APA Group, the councils and SAPOL (South Australia Police) and we thank them for their support,” Mr D’Cruz said. Major excavation works are now complete, and Epic Energy is currently developing the pipeline reinstatement plan in collaboration with the SA Department of State Development. Gas supply is expected to recommence late Friday/early Saturday, while bottled gas will be transported to Whyalla and Port Pirie hospitals in the meantime to maintain supply. Construction on the 858 km, 559 mm diameter Moomba Adelaide Pipeline System (MAPS) commenced in October 1968 and the pipeline was commissioned in November 1969. The MAPS was owned by Epic Energy until it was acquired by APA Group as part of its acquisition of a controlling interest in Hastings Diversified Utility Fund in October 2012. As part of this, APA made an undertaking to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to divest the MAPS asset. In May 2013, APA sold the pipeline to QIC Global Infrastructure for $A400.5 million.