Gas will be coming to the Mt Barker region, after the Australian Energy Regulator approved the extension of the SA Natural Gas network into the Adelaide Hills.
The new 40km $33 million pipeline will extend from Murray Bridge via Monarto South and Kanmantoo into Mt Barker with work expected to get underway in late 2019.
Welcoming the AER final approval, AGN Chief Customer Officer, Mr Andrew Staniford (pictured), said today the Company was able to move ahead with finalising specific technical details and to once again engage with affected landholders along the proposed pipeline route.
The AGN Board will also now be able to make its final investment decision, which, if granted, will kick off the construction of the gas pipeline late in 2019, with works continuing over the following years.
“The project will bring significant benefits, including over $60 million in economic benefits by making natural gas available to over 20,000 homes and businesses,” Mr Staniford said.
“We will ensure that the pipeline is ‘future proof’ and can carry renewable hydrogen in the future to allow a journey to zero emissions gas,” he said.
“This proposal would be our biggest single pipeline investment in South Australia in decades and will enable homes and businesses in the Mount Barker region to connect directly to the natural gas network,” he said.
Once complete, gas will be available to over 20,000 homes and businesses in the region.
Mr Staniford said plans for the new pipeline were timely, especially considering the strong population growth experienced in the Mount Barker area and forecasts for further significant growth in years to come.
“The Mount Barker region has been identified as a key part of Adelaide’s urban land supply, with population in the area predicted to grow from 33,000 to 55,000 people by the year 2036,” he said.
“We will be delighted to be able to provide homes and businesses in one of South Australia’s fastest-growing areas with the choice of a more affordable and reliable energy source and to have the ability to connect customers as the region grows into the future.”