The Katnook Gas Processing Facility in South Australia has gone through a $6 million redevelopment and is ready to start pumping gas again.
The new gas plant, which is operated by Beach Energy, will process raw natural gas from the nearby Haselgrove-3 well and transport it via pipelines to customers like Kimberly-Clark in Millicent, and others in Mount Gambier and the surrounding region.
Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia, Keith Pitt, said the redeveloped Katnook gas plant will help energy security in South Australia’s south-east.
“The redevelopment of the Katnook Gas Processing Facility is a great regional example of the outcomes provided through the Commonwealth’s Gas Acceleration Program,” Mr Pitt said.
“Soutth-eastern South Australia is an important regional manufacturing area which needs reliable and affordable supplies of natural gas to maintain and grow its local industries.”
The redevelopment project was also supported by the South Australian Government’s PACE Gas Scheme, contributing $6 million to support the original gas discovery in the Haselgrove-3 well.
“Having locally produced natural gas for SA’s south-east will become more important as the region grows and builds its manufacturing sector. It also means more local jobs,” Mr Pitt said.
“The Hazelgrove-3 discovery and other work onshore in south eastern South Australia is also demonstrating the expensive folly of unscientific bans and moratoria just across the border in Victoria.
“While Victoria is sitting on undeveloped gas, South Australia is moving ahead to protect its jobs and industries.”