Australian pipeline project secures construction approval
A 622-km natural gas pipeline in Northern Australia has secured a construction and pipeline licence from the local government.
Jemena’s AU$800 million (US$595 million) North Gas Pipeline (NGP) will run between Tennant Creek in the North Territory to Mount Isa in Queensland, bringing much-needed economic growth to the region.
The licences were awarded earlier this month by the Northern Territory Government, leaving pipeline owner Jemena free to start construction on the Phillip Creek Compressor Station this month and further works in mid-year.
“This is good news for east coast gas customers who will soon benefit from additional gas flowing into Queensland,” said NGP Project Director Jonathon Spink.
“Jemena is also progressing on a feasibility assessment to expand and extend the NGP to the Wallumbilla gas hub,” Mr Spink continued.
“Once it’s built, Jemena will be able to easily increase the capacity of the NGP by either looping the pipeline or adding additional compression to it.
“This can be done much more efficiently and quickly than constructing a new pipeline, with the viability of the pipeline route having already been tested and cleared.
“For these reasons the NGP continues to be the cheapest and most direct route to deliver gas to where it is needed most and is the sensible choice in responding to the east coast gas crunch.”
Phillips Earthmoving – a Tennant Creek-based excavation and construction company – has been engaged by Jemena to conduct initial land clearing activities as part of the Phillip Creek Compressor Station.
A construction partner will then be appointed in both Queensland and the Northern Territory.
“We are well advanced with appointing a construction partner in Queensland and expect to make a formal announcement shortly,” said Mr Spink.
“Following the projects resequencing in early March, we now have additional time to consider and appoint a construction partner in the Northern Territory and anticipate providing further advice on this process over the coming months.”
Jemena owns and operates a portfolio of energy and water transportation assets across Australia, Including the 627-km Queensland Gas Pipeline and the 797-km Eastern Gas Pipeline.
For more information visit the Jemena website.
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