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Moomba- Sydney natural gas pipeline

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PRESS STATEMENT -JrtlWjy/T by the M inister for National Development and Energy 8 2 / 4 6

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The Minister for National Development and Energy, Senator

Sir John Garrick, said today that following receipt of expert

advice on the recent breach'of the Moomba to Sydney natural

gas pipeline 4km east of Moomba he had directed The Pipeline

Authority to take immediate steps to construct a by-pass

pipeline around the area.

"The 12m of. damaged pipeline has been replaced and the line

returned to service after a brief interruption but it may

take some time to establish the cause of the,breach. We

have decided to construct a by-pass immediately to enable the main pipeline to be taken out of service and a thorough

examination and appraisal of the first 1.0km of the line to

be made", Senator Garrick said.

Suitable pipe is available in Australia so that work may.

commence almost immediately. The current arrangements for

supply of natural gas to Sydney and NSW·regional areas will continue and interruptions are not expected during the by-pass pipe construction period and the subsequent examination of

the main line. "At this stage the precise reasons for the pipeline breach and necessary remedial action have not been finally determined", Senator Garrick said. "There

could be a number of factors at work and in the interests

of safety we have decided to take the most prudent course

in having the first 10km of the main line thoroughly examined".

Canberra 11 August 1982

Enquiries: Mr P. Ryan

(062)453525 (BH) (062)477447 (AH)