Jemena has appointed French-owned Spiecapag Australia to construct the Queensland portion of the $800m Tennant Creek to Mount Isa Northern Gas Pipeline project.
NGP Project Director Jonathan Spink said Spiecapag Australia had won out following a four-month competitive tender process to build 140 km of pipeline from the NT-Queensland border to Mount Isa.
The announcement follows on from Jemena’s selection of McConnell Dowell at the start of the month to build the 481 km Northern Territory component of the 622 km pipeline.
Mr Spink said Spiecapag Australia were seasoned pipeline constructors who demonstrated great skill and capability throughout the tender process.
“They are also well equipped to respond to the unique terrain the pipeline will cross in Queensland, and have a reputation of working collaboratively and closely with local communities,” Mr Spink said.
Mr Spink said Jemena’s 2017 construction schedule was on target after securing pipeline licence and consent approvals to construct from the Northern Territory government.
“We anticipate commencing construction of the NGP in the Territory in the coming weeks, with around 200km to be built this year,” he said.
“Now that we have appointed a construction partner for the Queensland end of the pipeline we will also look closely at our project plan, with a view to commencing construction there as soon as practicable.”
The pipeline is expected to be commissioned in late 2018.