Transport for NSW is undertaking preliminary work to identify route options for a fuel pipeline corridor from the Port of Newcastle to Dubbo in the Central West of NSW.
We have commissioned research to determine the most effective and sustainable approach in delivering the pipeline, while minimising the impact of construction on the community and the environment. One idea being considered is the use of bicycle lanes to prevent development over pipeline corridors.
Community consultation will be undertaken when more details are known.
Regional NSW consumes about 40 per cent of the transport fuel used in NSW with large volumes required for the vehicles and machinery operating in mining and agricultural industries.
The Central West is an important juncture on the National Land Transport Network and provides North-South and East-West, interstate heavy road and rail connectivity. Currently all fuel is transported to the region by road from as far as Port Botany. This increases fuel costs and safety risks for other road users and contributes to congestion.
A fuel pipeline would address these issues and ensure a reliable supply in significant volumes to the Central West.
The Hunter Orana fuel pipeline corridor would commence from the Port of Newcastle, linked to existing and future fuel import and storage terminals at the port, and end in the Dubbo area. Transport for NSW is also considering an extension beyond Dubbo to Peak Hill or Parkes on the Newell Highway to support the Central West’s fuel demand.