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Green light for Gruyere pipe - National Mining Chronicle

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Work is expected to begin next month on a $180 million pipeline to pump gas from the Eastern Goldfields to the remote Gruyere gold mine 200km east of Laverton, after pipe owner APA Group secured final approval from the State Government to go ahead.

The 198km long Yamarna Gas Pipeline (YGP) is set to service Gruyere, owned by South Africa’s Gold Fields and Perth’s Gold Road Resources, for at least 15 years.

APA’s pipeline, which will transfer gas from the North West along four interconnected pipelines snaking 1500km across WA to the Great Victoria Desert, will fuel Gruyere’s 45Mw power plant and promises to open up a new power option for future projects in the remote region.

The pipeline and plant together will cost $180 million to build.

Victorian pipeliner Nacap Australia has been awarded the sub-contract to build the YGP, with a temporary 200-person camp being established along the remote track.

The activity will also provide a short-term economic boost to Laverton, 360km north of Kalgoorlie-Boulder. Nacap workers are currently staying in town and have set their office base up at the local racing club.

APA expects to complete the pipeline by the middle of this year, with power to be commissioned later in the year.

Gold Road revealed the joint venture partners had also completed a sealed airstrip at Gruyere but were waiting on Civil Aviation Safety Authority certification to fly in 100-seat planes.

A Skippers Aviation charter flight was the first plane to touch down on the strip in December.

The Gruyere JV expects to receive certification before the end of March, with the airstrip currently only approved to accept aircraft with a maximum capacity of 30 passengers.

Gruyere is expected to pour first gold in early 2019 and employ about 350 workers while operational, producing 270,000oz of gold a year from open-pit sources for 13 years.

Project Director Simon Lau said the $532 million development was tracking on schedule.

“With project engineering 72 per cent complete and construction 32 per cent complete, we remain confident that the Gruyere gold project will be brought into production on schedule and within budget in early 2019,” he said.


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