Texaco, CMS to study W. Australia gas line

Texaco Australia Pty. Ltd. and energy utility group CMS Energy Corp., Dearborn, Mich., have joined forces to study the commercial feasibility of a second gas pipeline along the coast of Western Australia, from Onslow to Geraldton.Estimated to cost $0.7-1 billion (Aus.), the new pipeline would parallel a portion of the existing North West Shelf Dampier-to-Bunbury gas trunkline, built in the 1980s. At Dongara, just south of Geraldton, the new pipeline would connect with the 420-km, 120 MMcfd Parmelia pipeline (formerly the West Australian Natural Gas line), which extends southward to Perth. Parmelia is owned by CMS Energy.The new pipeline is part of a strategy to find a commercial outlet th...

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