Australian energy infrastructure company Jemena has been selected by the Northern Territory Government to build and operate the North East Gas Interconnector (NEGI) pipeline, which is expected to fast-track the development of the NT’s gas industry.
The $800 million pipeline, which will connect the Territory’s vast gas fields to the east coast gas market, will run for 622 kilometres and link Tennant Creek in the Territory to Mt Isa in Queensland.
Jemena Managing Director Paul Adams said the company was selected for proposing the most economical, efficient pipeline route and its proven track record of developing projects of such magnitude.
“Building the NEGI will drive commercial exploration and development of currently untapped gas reserves, unlocking the next phase of economic growth for the Territory and helping build a stronger Northern Australia,” Mr Adams added.
“The pipeline is cost-effective and relatively quick to build, so it will support a strong gas industry for the Territory by getting gas to market at a competitive price, accelerating development of NT gas fields and helping create jobs and opportunities in the gas industry. As further reserves in the NT are proved up, we can expand our scalable pipeline to meet strong demand from east coast customers.”
Northern Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles said the NEGI will create more than 900 jobs during construction and deliver great economic benefits for the entire region.
“This nation-building project will generate investment in regional infrastructure and deliver real jobs with no financial commitment from taxpayers. This is a great outcome and shows Governments can deliver major infrastructure projects through a robust competitive process,” Mr Giles said.
“The pipeline connects the ever-increasing energy needs of the east coast with the vast gas reserves in the Territory. Without this pipeline, the populated parts of Australia would have huge difficulty securing their energy needs.”
He said the new pipeline will create a more competitive energy market and provide increased access to clean energy for local industry, Territory electricity generation and the eastern Australian gas market in general.
“The NEGI also further enhances the Territory’s reputation for leading the development of Northern Australia and will have positive flow on effects for Government’s ability to deliver better roads, schools and hospitals for Territorians,” Mr Giles concluded.
The construction of the NEGI is expected to be completed by 2018.