Perth based consulting company ACIL Allen, in conjunction with pipeline engineering specialists GHD, have won the tender for a pre-feasibility study for the West-East Gas Pipeline. The study is the first Federal Government investigation into the potential for the pipeline between WA and the east coast gas market. Early estimates are costing the project in the vicinity of $5 billion. The study aligns with a chronic shortage of gas in the Eastern States caused by the development of three major LNG export plants and State and Territory bans on new gas exploration. Findings from the study, due in March, are expected to inform a full feasibility process which would test the viability of constructing the natural gas pipeline to provide additional gas supplies and increase competition in the east coast gas market.