DBP Achieves Record Gas Deliveries

October 08, 2010

Freezing temperatures during July saw natural gas demand spike in WA, resulting in record gas deliveries via the Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline (DBNGP).

The DBNGP delivered a total 28,025 terajoules during the month of July, beating the previous record set in August 2009 by 90 terajoules. On July 9, 748 terajoules was delivered to customers in Perth and the south-west – the highest ever deliveries to the region.

DBP Transmission (owners and operators of the DBNGP) CEO Stuart Johnston said consecutive days with minimum temperatures under 5C really highlighted the reliability of the DBNGP.

“Low temperatures saw people using more gas and electricity to heat their homes and hot water and the DBNGP was able to supply this extra gas and still maintain a reliable supply to industry,” he said.

“Some of this demand was from peak supply power stations which are used during the times of high power consumption in the mornings and evenings. These stations need to be able to start and come up to load quickly as electricity demand increases and then turn off again once the peak passes.

“Recent expansions of the DBNGP have increased the ability of the pipeline to meet these high short term demands while maintaining secure supply to households and industry. As the owner of the pipeline, DBP has invested $1.7 billion since 2004 into expanding the pipeline to meet demand in this state.”

“Our commitment to meeting the needs of the state is ongoing,” he said.

The DBNGP is WA’s key gas transmission pipeline stretching almost 1600 kilometres and linking the gas fields located in the Carnarvon Basin off the Pilbara coast with population centres and industry in the south-west of the state.

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