Jemena has awarded a construction contract to McConnell Dowell for the Northern Gas Pipeline Project, a 386-mile gas pipeline between Tennant Creek and Mount Isa. Upon completion, the project will, for the first time, connect Northern Territory gas fields with the east-coast gas market.
McConnell Dowell’s scope of work involves the engineering, construction and commissioning of a 299-mile section of the pipeline. Site activities are expected to start in the coming weeks, with the first gas expected to run through the pipeline in late 2018.
At a signing ceremony held in Melbourne today, Jemena’s Managing Director Paul Adams said the company is confident McConnell Dowell is well placed to build and deliver the Northern Gas Pipeline.
“McConnell Dowell has been one of Jemena’s key partners throughout the NGP Project, having worked closely with us throughout the initial tender, and throughout 2016,” Adams said. “They have a fantastic mix of skills and experience which will be key to this project’s success. Partnering with McConnell Dowell allows us to build a cost-effective pipeline, relatively quickly to support a strong gas industry for the Northern Territory by delivering gas to the market at a competitive price.”
As part of the project, McConnell Dowell has committed to maximizing local and Indigenous participation during construction.