The construction of $800 million Northern Gas Pipeline project has formally commenced to bring gas to the east coast.
At the sod-turning ceremony that marks the occasion, Jemena’s Managing Director Paul Adams said that the 622 kilometres pipeline between Tennant Creek and Mt Isa will play a crucial role in helping to resolve the east-coast gas supply crisis.
According to Mr. Adams, the energy infrastructure company is investigating on extending the pipeline south from Mt Isa to the Wallumbilla Gas Hub to further integrate Territory gas into the east-coast gas grid, and transport up to, or beyond, 700 TJs of gas per day.
“The pipeline will also benefit Australian households and businesses in the southern states, as it will free up gas currently flowing north to supply LNG plants in Queensland, making this gas available for use in New South Wales, Victoria, and South Australia,” said Mr. Adams.
More than 80 people attended the sod-turning ceremony including the former New South Wales Premier and Chairman of Jemena’s Northern Gas Pipeline Company, the Hon. Nick Greiner AC, who commended the Northern Territory and Queensland Governments for their ongoing support of the Northern Gas Pipeline project.
“We’re very pleased with the positive relationship we have developed with both jurisdictions and look forward to building on this as we move through the construction and into the operational phase of the project,” said Mr Greiner.
First gas on the Northern Gas Pipeline is expected to flow in late 2018.