APA Group interested in buying gas pipelines from Australian LNG ventures
BY ROSS KELLY
SYDNEY -- APA Group is interested in buying pipelines that may be sold by large gas export joint ventures, CEO Nick McCormack said.
"Absolutely we're interested," he said on the sidelines of a conference. "They've got my phone number."
Joint ventures that include the participation of BG Group and Origin Energy have said they're considering selling some project infrastructure such as pipelines to boost capital. The ventures are designed to manufacture LNG, to be exported to Asian utility companies.
Mr. McCormack said the ventures are particularly interested in selling the core pipelines running from gas fields in Queensland States Surat Basin to the port of Gladstone on the coast.
He added that any deals would be more straightforward once the pipelines had been built over the next year or so.
Origin Energy has said it is pursuing a sale of infrastructure assets like pipelines that support its Australia Pacific LNG terminal in Queensland state, after recently failing to find a buyer for a direct stake in the venture.
The APLNG venture is due to start shipping cargoes of LNG, to Asian customers from 2015. ConocoPhillips and Sinopec are also major investors in the venture, which will cost $25.6 billion to build.
APLNG is one of four multibillion dollar ventures at the port of Gladstone seeking to convert coal seam gas to LNG for export. Shell and PetroChina's venture, known as Arrow Energy, is the only one of the quartet that has yet to start construction.
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