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Northern Gas Pipeline is underway
Construction has officially begun on the $800 million Northern Gas Pipeline with a ceremony held in Tennant Creek on Wednesday 12 July.
The Northern Gas Pipeline will play an important part in the Northern Territory Government’s commitment to develop Tennant Creek as a mining services centre for the Territory, underpinning jobs and development in the region.
Jemena will own and operate the 622km pipeline, which will connect the Northern Territory to the Eastern Gas Pipeline Grid, providing market access and enhancing the Territory’s energy security.
Jemena Managing Director Paul Adams said the company had worked closely with the community, including Traditional Owners, during the pipeline’s planning phase and would continue to utilise local expertise as construction gets underway.
“As we enter the next stage of the pipeline’s development we expect to draw on the skills and talent of local communities, with more than 600 of the Northern Gas Pipeline’s approximately 900 jobs ear-marked for members of the local community,” Mr Adams said.
“Pleasingly, 58 graduates of Jemena’s Project Ready Training Program– which provides training and development opportunities for local Aboriginal people – have the opportunity to take up full-time employment during construction of the Northern Gas Pipeline.”
There will be ongoing maintenance and operations teams based in Tennant Creek and Mount Isa, and Jemena estimates that approximately half of the 200 contracts available from the Northern Gas Pipeline could be delivered by Territory businesses.
More than 80 people attended the ceremony including government Ministers and representatives, and senior Jemena personnel.
The Northern Gas Pipeline will connect the Amadeus Gas Pipeline near Tennant Creek to the Carpentaria Gas Pipeline near Mount Isa.
The pipeline will connect northern gas supplies with the east coast domestic market. It is expected 240km of the pipe will be laid this year.