Consolidated Linen Services' Adam Roberts is fighting to operate without a gas supply.
Consolidated Linen Services' Adam Roberts is fighting to operate without a gas supply. Valerie Horton

No gas as temporary fix to damaged pipeline fails

MANY businesses reliant on natural gas will have to keep their doors shut after an attempt to temporarily restore the supply failed due to the amount of flood damage to the pipeline.

The natural gas supply to about 1000 customers in Hervey Bay, Maryborough and Bundaberg has been cut off since last Wednesday after the pipeline was damaged in floodwaters where it crosses the Burnett River.

Crews were working to thread a plastic pipe through the existing pipe to restore gas supply, however significant damage to the pipeline meant they were unsuccessful.

APA crews are working to replace the entire section of the pipeline submerged under the river as a permanent solution.

An update on progress of the replacement is expected to be issued on Tuesday morning, with no timeline announced about how long it might take.

An APA spokesman said as a temporary solution, crews would now inject natural gas into the network to potentially resupply a limited number of critical customers until the permanent repair could be finished.

He said LNG tankers from Victoria would travel up to the region to start the injection process.

The gas injection is expected to start on Wednesday or Thursday.

The Whale Tale cafe in Pialba is one of the casualties of the gas shutdown.
The Whale Tale cafe in Pialba is one of the casualties of the gas shutdown. Tracey Joynson