Australia-based Strike Energy Ltd. said Nov. 25 that APA Group will build a natural pipeline to connect Strike’s assets in the Perth Basin to the energy-constrained Goldfields region of Western Australia.

The 12-inch, 580-km pipe will expand Strike’s share of the region’s gas market to 80% from its existing 70%.  

“APA’s pipeline announcement is a significant endorsement in the potential of the Perth Basin to be a long-term, competitive source of energy for the Goldfields,” said Stuart Nicholls, managing director of Strike Energy. “Gas is the fuel of choice to replace diesel-fired electricity in the Goldfields. It is reliable and affordable, has significantly lower emissions, and facilitates high penetration of complementary renewable energy.”