Amadeus Gas Pipeline

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Amadeus Gas Pipeline is an operating natural gas pipeline in Australia.[1]


The bidirectional pipeline runs from the Amadeus Basin in the south of the Northern Territory to Darwin, in the north, and carries natural gas to Darwin, Alice Springs and other regional centers.[1]

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Project details

  • Operator: APA Group[1]
  • Owner: APA Group[1]
  • Parent company: APA Group[1]
  • Capacity: 165 TJ/d[2]
  • Length: 1658 kilometers (including laterals)[3]
  • Status: Operating[3]
  • Start year: 1986[3]


The Amadeus Pipeline is owned and operated by APA Group.[4] It is approximately 1658 kilometers in length, including the Mereenie spurline, Tennant Creek and Katherine laterals, and the Pine Creek outlet.[5]

Amadeus Gas Pipeline length and diameter by segment[3]
Location/Route Length (km) Pipeline diameter (mm)
Palm Valley to Mataranka 1110 356
Mataranka to Darwin 402 324
Channel Island 1 219
Mereenie to Tylers Pass 116 273
Tennant Creek Lateral 24 114
Katherine Lateral 5 114

The Amadeus Gas Pipeline is a bidirectional transmission pipeline that transports gas to Darwin, Katherine and other locations, primarily to provide gas for electricity generation in Australia's Northern Territory.[3] The pipeline also carries gas to the south, towards Alice Springs.[3] The pipeline was commissioned in 1986 and APA Group purchased it in June 2011 from a consortium of financial institutions.[3] Prior to APA Group, NT Gas managed and operated the Amadeus Gas Pipeline.[3]

The Amadeus Gas Pipeline has an overall capacity of 165 TJ/d.[2] However, capacity is constrained to 145 TJ/d by the delivery point into the Northern Gas Pipeline at Warrego.[2] Maximum capacities vary from segment to segment in the Amadeus Gas Pipeline, depending on capacities at receipt points.[2] Some maximum capacities are recorded in the table below. Details of gas flow configuration and segmented capacities can be found in the Amadeus Gas Pipeline Access Arrangement 2021 to 2026.[2]

Maximum capacities per segment in the Amadeus Gas Pipeline[2]
Segment Capacity (TJ/d)
Ban Ban Springs to Warrego 50.4
Ban Ban Springs to Darwin 91
Mereenie/Palm Valley to Warrego 61

Expansion projects

Capacity expansion for Beetaloo Basin

In the 2021 Australian National Gas Infrastructure Plan (NGIP), a major component of unlocking Beetaloo Basin natural gas resources is building the Beetaloo Lateral Pipeline, and along with it, a 350-terajoule-per-day expansion of either the Amadeus Gas Pipeline, the Northern Gas Pipeline, or the Carpentaria Gas Pipeline.[6] There were no details on potential ownership, though the plan mentions the need for such infrastructure to be in place by 2025.

In the Final Decision draft of the Amadeus Gas Pipeline Access Arrangement 2021 to 2026, Australian Energy Regulator notes that they "received one confidential submission during the consultation phase on [their] draft decision and APTNT’s revised proposal for the 2021–26 Amadeus Gas Pipeline access arrangement period from Power and Water Corporation Northern Territory (PWC) concerning an expansion of capacity on the Amadeus Gas Pipeline. As the specific content of this submission is confidential [they] have not published this submission on [their] website."[7]

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  • Capacity: 350 terajoules per day[6]
  • Length: 0 new kilometers[6]
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  • Status: Proposed
  • Start year: 2025[6]
  • Cost:

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Amadeus Gas Pipeline, APA, accessed February 2018
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 "Amadeus Gas Pipeline Access Arrangement" (PDF). Australian Energy Regulator. November 2020. Retrieved August 23, 2023. {{cite web}}: line feed character in |title= at position 21 (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 "NT: Amadeus Gas Pipeline". AEMC. Retrieved 2023-08-23.
  4. NT: Amadeus Gas Pipeline, Australian Energy Market Commission, accessed Feb. 2018
  5. Amadeus Gas Pipeline Access Arrangement Revision Proposal, Australian Energy Regulator, Aug. 2015, accessed Aug. 10, 2021.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 "Australia 2021 National Gas Infrastructure Plan". Australia Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources. Retrieved 2021-01-03.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. Australian Energy Regulator (April 2021). "FINAL DECISION Amadeus Gas Pipeline Access Arrangement 2021 to 2026" (PDF). Retrieved September 1, 2023. {{cite web}}: line feed character in |title= at position 16 (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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