SA Water goes green on water pipeline

SA Water has installed more than 7,300 solar panels at the pipeline’s second pump station, with the array to generate approximately 5,224 MW hours of energy each year.  

Running more than 50 km, the pipeline delivers drinking water between the Murray River and Barossa Valley, and SA Water Senior Manager Zero Cost Energy Future Nicola Murphy said it requires significant energy to stay in operation. 

“We want to set an example of proactive environmental leadership, focused on sustainability and action on climate change, and this solar array is a terrific example of how we can make a real difference in slashing carbon emissions to the tune of around 2,240 t every year,” she said. 

“This is one of two solar sites set to be up and running in the Swan Reach region, with a further 16,000 panels currently being connected and soon to be energised at the pipeline’s first pump station. 

“Together with our other 30-plus solar sites strategically placed at our treatment plants, pump stations and depots across South Australia, we’re sustainably reducing our operating expenses and ensuring we keep prices low and stable for our customers.” 

SA Water has now positioned more than 360,000 solar panels at sites around the state to power pump stations, pipelines and plants.  

For more information visit the SA Water website.  

APLNG proposes HDD for gas wells

A joint venture (JV) between Origin Energy, ConocoPhillips and Sinopec, APLNG is seeking federal approval to drill thousands of new gas wells in Queensland as part of its Gas Supply Security Project. 

In its referral documents, APLNG said it would construct the wells using HDD and would also incorporate this technology for drilling of pipelines under threatened ecological communities, threatened flora, threatened fauna habitat and migratory fauna habitat.  

The JV cited forecast gas supply shortfalls from 2024 onwards as reason for undertaking the new drilling activity, as well as the potential for increased gas demands and increased reliance on Queensland supplies as production from Victoria continues to decline. 

The new gas would be used for both the domestic gas market and the export demands of APLNG, with current appraisal data showing production from 2P resources expected to be 453.6 PJ of gas. 

If the proposal is successful construction is likely to commence in 2024. 

For more information visit the APLNG website.