Construction of the Northern Gas Pipeline (NGP) has officially been completed, with ministers attending a ceremony at Jemena’s Phillip Creek Compressor Station to mark the occasion.
The NT Government awarded Jemena the tender to build, own and operate the NGP, and the $800m, 622km pipeline runs from Tennant Creek to Mount Isa, linking to the Amadeus Gas Pipeline and Carpentaria Pipeline.
The NGP has created more than 1,100 hundred jobs in total, and seen Territory contractors share in $52 million of investment, including 11 contracts awarded to Territory Aboriginal businesses.
Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, Ken Vowles, said, “The Territory Labor Government is developing our resources sector in a safe and sustainable manner, and focused on Tennant Creek as a mining services hub.
“We are creating jobs – which is our number one priority – and supporting local business by becoming a hub for gas production, export, innovation, manufacturing and services.
“The completion of the construction of the NGP shows Territory workers and businesses can deliver on major gas projects, and the NT Government can work through the necessary permit processes complex projects such as this require.
Mr Vowles said it also means the Territory is contributing to national energy security, which is in the NT Government’s Five Point NT Gas Strategy.
“Importantly, the construction of the NGP has boosted investment and development in the Tennant Creek region, with many local contractors and workers benefiting.”
Jemena Managing Director, Frank Tudor, said, “Today we have taken a significant step towards ensuring Australian homes and businesses have the gas they need, when they need it.
“We know that the Northern Territory has enough gas to meet Australia’s future supply needs for the next 200 years or more.”