Moomba to Adelaide Pipeline System (MAPS), South Australia

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The MAPS is one of Australia's oldest and longest pipelines. It was developed by the Pipelines Authority of South Australia (a Government owned utility) and commenced operation on 28 November 1969, delivering gas from Moomba, in the Cooper Basin, for use in South Australian power generation, industrial and domestic applications. The pipeline was privatised in 1995.'

The MAPS features 1,185 kilometres of high pressure gas pipelines (including 326 km of laterals) and has a fully compressed maximum indicative winter capacity of 418 Terajoules per day (TJ/d). The present capacity of the system is around 250 TJ/d as some of the pipeline's gas compressor stations have been 'mothballed' owing to reduced demand for gas transportation following commissioning of the SEAGas Pipeline (from Victoria to Adelaide) in January 2004.

The MAPS supplies gas to regional centres as well as to Adelaide. A pipeline lateral running from the mainline to Port Pirie and Whyalla has a maximum capacity of approximately 24 TJ/d. A second pipeline lateral to Angaston has a capacity of 20 TJ/d and delivers gas to industrial users and into the Envestra-owned Riverland Pipeline that, in turn, supplies gas users in Berri, Murray Bridge and Mildura.

In addition to delivering gas from the Cooper Basin into the South Australian market, the MAPS can receive gas from southeast Queensland through the APA-owned 'QSN Link'.

Gas transportation contracts are in place for various contract terms with significant and reliable business partners in the electricity generation, gas distribution and industrial sectors.'End users of gas, include Origin Energy, AGL, International Power, OneSteel and Adelaide Brighton Cement.'

Gas Transportation Arrangements
Epic seeks to work cooperatively with existing and potential new customers of MAPS and to develop'transportation products to meet evolving'market requirements. Potential exists for the MAPS to competitively deliver increasing quantities of gas into South Australia from the Cooper Basin or Queensland should the availability of gas from Victoria decline.

Alternatively, the MAPS is well placed to provide northward gas transportation services should east coast gas supply and demand circumstances see gas from offshore Victoria being utilised as feedstock for Queensland's burgeoning liquified natural gas industry.

Please contact Epic Energy on (08) 8343 8100 for details on the key commercial terms relating to use of the MAPS including tariffs for gas transportation services (on the basis of standard terms and conditions and using current MAPS receipt and delivery points).

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