Apache Advises on Varanus Island Pipeline Incident

Apache Energy Limited advises that the fire on Varanus Island offshore Western Australia has been extinguished and the incident area secured.

Apache Energy Limited Managing Director Tim Wall and the Western Australia Minister for Energy, Hon. Francis Logan have conducted a visit and inspection of Apache's Varanus Island gas facilities which were damaged in a pipeline rupture and fire on June 3.

"Our specialist team of engineers, including assessment and recovery experts have made an initial assessment that partial restoration of gas supply is likely to take a couple of months," Mr. Wall said.

The incident has caused visible damage to piping infrastructure and to some supporting equipment, and the engineering team is working to determine the full extent of damage, he said. "Some of the materials required to restore the facility are not off-the-shelf items."

"We will be ensuring this restoration process will not take a minute longer than is required," Mr. Wall said.

"The majority of the gas delivered through Varanus Island is supplied to industrial customers, which will mitigate any impact on residential supplies," Mr Wall said.

"We are keeping the State Government informed - with the Minister for Energy on site today - and will be in ongoing dialogue with all stakeholders to reduce the impact on the state's gas supply as best as possible," Mr. Wall said.