A major milestone has been reached on the Northern Gas Pipeline with Jemena announcing pipeline construction was complete.
Jemena Executive General Manager Antoon Boey said the landmark was reached last week with all 622 km, and 34,000 lengths of pipe now welded, lowered in and now fully buried in the trench.
“The sheer scale of this project is enormous – the largest current gas pipeline project in Australia,” Mr Boey said. “Overall the project is tracking on schedule. Construction of the Mount Isa Compressor Station is finished and completion of the Phillip Creek Compressor Station in the Northern Territory is imminent.”
Mr Boey said the pipeline and compressor stations would now be rigorously checked before gas commissioning later this year and the planning and construction phase had created almost 800 jobs mostly local.
“Plus we’ve seen $120 million spent with businesses in the Northern Territory and Queensland,” he said.
Mr Boey said the Northern Territory had a unique opportunity to ease the east coast gas shortage.
“Jemena is progressing its plans to extend and expand the Northern Gas Pipeline. Should development of the Beetaloo Basin proceed, we are seeking to invest significantly more across Northern Australia. This could create around 4000 new jobs during the project’s construction phase, building on the skills the NGP has already brought to the region.”
On commissioning, the NGP can deliver 90 TJs of gas a day, with 70 per cent of available capacity in year one having already been contracted.
Last month Jemena announced its agreement with Incitec Pivot Limited to transport at least 32 TJs of gas per day to supply its Gibson Island facility. This follows Jemena’s foundation agreement with the Northern Territory’s Power & Water Corporation to transport 31 TJs of gas to IPL’s Phosphate Hill facility for 10 years.
“Discussions with other parties are also well advanced, and we remain confident that NGP will be fully contracted by the time it is operational later this year,” Mr Boey said.