Apache Energy’s Devil Creek Gas Plant has been officially opened by the Premier of Western Australia and Minister for State Development, Colin Barnett.

The Devil Creek development, located in the northwest of Western Australia, represents an investment of approximately AUS$1.1 billion by Apache and its joint venture partner, Santos (Apache 55%/Santos 45%).

It includes the Reindeer gas field, wellhead platform and raw gas pipeline, the Devil Creek Gas Plant and the Devil Creek Sales Gas Export Pipeline that ties into the Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline.

The Devil Creek Gas Plant is a two-train facility designed to process 200 million cubic feet of gas per day (220 Terajoules of gas per day) and 1,000 barrels per day of condensate. There is sufficient land within the existing plant for expansion of gas processing facilities.

"Devil Creek and the Reindeer Field demonstrate Apache's commitment to Western Australia as a key element in our global portfolio," G. Steven Farris, Apache Corporation's chairman and chief executive officer, said. "The Carnarvon Basin has significant resources yet to be discovered, and it will be a focus of Apache's exploration activities for many years."

The Devil Creek Gas Plant is the State's third domestic natural gas processing hub and the first new domestic gas plant built in Western Australia for over 15 years.

CITIC Pacific is the foundation customer for the Reindeer Field gas that will be used to generate power at its Sino Iron magnetite project nearby. Through Apache Energy Limited and other Australian subsidiaries, Apache Corporation is the second-largest operated-volume producer of oil and gas in the Carnarvon Basin.

"Devil Creek will enable us to increase our domestic gas sales to the Western Australian market where we already have an established profile," Maher said. Devil Creek is the second Apache-operated gas processing plant in Western Australia. Our involvement in the Chevron-operated Wheatstone Project and BHP Billiton's Macedon Project will see this commitment continue to grow in the next few years," he said.

Apache Corporation is a Houston-based oil and gas exploration and production company with operations in the United States, Canada, Egypt, the United Kingdom North Sea, Australia and Argentina.