10km gas pipeline vital to $1.2b residential development in SA

Hickinbotham Group’s Eden project manager Ruth Vagnarelli and AGN COO Andrew Staniford.

A new $4 million, 10-kilometre natural gas pipeline is playing a crucial role in one of the largest residential developments ever undertaken in South Australia.

Australian Gas Networks (AGN) has constructed the natural gas supply main to a new $1.2 billion development being built in one of SA’s fastest growing regions by the Hickinbotham Group.

The ambitious Eden and Liberty projects at Two Wells, located about 50km north of Adelaide, includes the construction of more than 3000 homes, a range of community facilities, a ‘birth to Year 12’ school, and more than 50 hectares of landscaped open space reserves.

It is the first time natural gas will be available in the region.

“AGN is delighted to be delivering such a crucial piece of infrastructure to this exciting new residential development,” AGN chief operating officer Andrew Staniford said.

“Never has natural gas played such an important role in both domestic and commercial developments, not only because it is cheaper to use than other energy alternatives, but also due to its ‘clean and green’ reputation.”

AGN is building the new pipeline from Angle Vale Road, Virginia, to the new development on the northern side of the Two Wells township.

The gas supply main and reticulation to Stage 1 of the project is scheduled to be commissioned this month.

As part of the overall development, about 30km of pipe supplying individual houses and commercial properties will also be laid.

“This state of the art development is one of the largest projects the Hickinbotham Group has undertaken in its 63-year history,” Eden project manager Ruth Vagnarelli said.

“Eden is the first precinct of the development and is setting a new benchmark for contemporary residential developments, and as such is already proving extremely popular with homeowners looking to build their family homes on larger than normal blocks.”

The new pipeline is the latest of several major infrastructure projects in which AGN has been recently involved in South Australia.

The company recently built a $6 million gas pipeline to South Australia’s McLaren Vale wine and tourism region, including the construction of about 18km of gas mains to make natural gas available to the majority of commercial and residential properties within the township.

AGN also constructed a $5.5m supply main from Nuriootpa to Tanunda in SA’s Barossa Valley to bring gas to that region for the first time.