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Apache Energy and Santos, joint venture partners in several of WA's most important energy projects, have been honoured for their contribution to developing the State's gas industry.

As judged by members of industry and _WestBusiness _, Apache Energy managing director Tom Maher and Santos WA and Northern Territory vice-president John Anderson were yesterday named joint winners of the prestigious WA Gas Industry Development award.

They join a list of illustrious former winners such as Sir Charles Court, Keith Spence, the late Stuart Hohnen, Eve Howell and Alcoa of Australia.

Mr Maher and Mr Anderson were awarded for the role they played in their companies' development of the Devil Creek venture, WA's third domestic gas hub and the first one to be built in 20 years.

The $1.1 billion Devil Creek, 45km south of Dampier, was officially opened earlier this year and is feeding 110 terajoules a day - or about 10 per cent of the State's current usage - into the Dampier- to-Bunbury gas pipeline. Its foundation customer is the Sino Iron magnetite project in the Pilbara.

The installed capacity at Devil Creek, which is operated by Apache (55 per cent), is 220tj/d.

Accepting the award yesterday, Mr Maher said Devil Creek "means a lot to us" and helped Apache play its part in addressing the question of security and diversity of gas supplies in the State "whether it's to heat homes or help the minerals process or help the iron ore players".

"And in this day and age . . . we were able to bring this project on line, on schedule and on budget and safely and we are very proud of that," he said.

Michael Hackett, representing Mr Anderson, said the issues of security and diversity of supply "should not be understated".

"The market place is already seeing the benefit of it (Devil Creek)," Mr Hackett said.

Apache is also a partner in WA's next major domestic gas project, the $1.6 billion BHP Billiton-led Macedon development near Onslow.

The annual award is sponsored by the Chamber of Minerals and Energy and North West Shelf Gas.