Jemena’s $800 million Northern Gas Pipeline (NGP) has now secured land access with all Traditional Owner groups across the 622 km pipeline route in both the Northern Territory and Queensland.
NGP Project Director Jonathan Spink said Jemena were committed to working with local communities along the pipeline route. “This is an important step towards delivering the NGP, and Jemena is pleased to have a positive outcome with the Wakaya People and other Traditional Owner groups,” he said.
As part of the agreement, Jemena will work with the Wakaya People to ensure they benefit from the NGP’s $6 million jobs and training package alongside all Traditional Owners on the pipeline route.
Mr Spink said the package will be delivered by local providers including Group Training Northern Territory (GTNT), Myuma Group, and Remote Concrete NT, and is one element of the NGP’s commitment to providing training, employment and contracts for business in the region.
The NGP expects to employ around 600 people across the Tennant Creek and Mount Isa regions.
“The decision to re-sequence the NGP provided additional time to work closely with the Wakaya People, it also provided us with an opportunity to review other elements of the NGP project,” said Mr Spink.
Mr Spink said following a review Jemena has also decided to part ways with its construction partner McConnell Dowell.