The Northern Territory Government has announced it granted Australian energy company Jemena a pipeline license for the Northern Gas Pipeline project, which is expected to commence in July and be completed by the end of 2018.
Ken Vowels, Northern Territory Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, announced the license approval and also announced a grant enabling the construction of the Phillip Creek Station Compressor Facility.
The Northern Gas Pipeline will span 622 km to join Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory with Mount Isa in Queensland, and the project will be a key economic stimulus for the Northern Territory and Western Queensland, representing a massive opportunity for local businesses.
The project is expected to create 900 jobs and it has been confirmed that a detailed assessment of the Pipeline Management Plan, including an Environmental Management Plan, and an independent review had been conducted, and eight recommendations from the Environmental Impact Statement had been addressed in the Pipeline Management Plan.
After severing ties with construction partner McConnell Dowell earlier in the year Jemena has confirmed that it is reviewing tenders for the Queensland portion of the Northern Gas Pipeline, but no decision has been made yet.
For the Northern Territory portion, Jemena has advised that it is considering its schedule before reviewing tender submissions, and they are considering expansion of the pipeline, yet, that decision will be based on whether the Northern Territory government lifts its freeze on fracking.