Chief Minister Michael Gunner today welcomed the official start of construction on the $800 million Northern Gas Pipeline saying the project will create hundreds of jobs and underpin development in the Barkly region over the coming years.
Construction of Jemena’s Northern Gas Pipeline is expected to create around 900 jobs, of which 600 could be filled by Territorians. There will also be ongoing maintenance and operations teams based in Tennant Creek and Mount Isa.
“My Government promised to restore trust in Government and creating jobs across the Territory is a key part of that,” Mr Gunner said.
“Today is a key milestone for Jemena’s pipeline – it’s an important day for a project that will deliver significant economic benefits to the Territory and Australia.
“As well as the creation of around 600 local jobs, Jemena estimates there will be around 100 contracts with approximately half expected to go to Territory businesses. Beyond construction there will also be an ongoing maintenance and operation presence in the region.
“The Territory Labor Government is developing Tennant Creek as a mining services centre - construction of the Northern Gas Pipeline will see increased opportunities for regional development through local involvement as well as increased opportunities for businesses and for training and skills development.”
The gas pipeline will connect the Northern Territory to the Eastern Gas Pipeline Grid providing market access and enhances the NT’s energy security.
Mr Gunner recently met some of the graduates of Jemena’s Project Ready Training Program – which provides training and development opportunities for local Aboriginal people.
The trainees will have the opportunity to take up full-time employment during construction of the Northern Gas Pipeline, which is expected to be complete by the end of next year.
The Northern Gas Pipeline will span 622km, from the site of today’s event near Tennant Creek, to Mt Isa in Queensland.
McConnell Dowell has been engaged by Jemena to construct a 481km section of the pipeline across the Territory and into part of Queensland. Approximately half of the Territory section of pipeline and most of the Queensland section of pipeline will be constructed this year, with the remaining pipeline to be constructed in 2018.
Pre-construction works for the Phillip Creek Compressor Station, near Tennant Creek, are being completed by local contractors Phillips Earthmoving, and construction of the compressor station is expected to commence over the coming weeks.