Jemena is resequencing the construction schedule for the Northern Gas Pipeline (NGP) to facilitate finalisation of some outstanding land access approvals.
As a result, the commencement of construction works on the project – which was targeted to begin in April 2017 – will be delayed.
Jemena said it remains fully committed to building and operating the Northern Gas Pipeline project, and is confident the outstanding approvals will be finalised over the coming weeks. The project remains on schedule for first gas to flow in 2018.
Due to the resequencing of the pipeline’s construction, Jemena is also amending its arrangements with its construction partner McConnell Dowell, and will be retendering aspects of the project.
Jemena said it understands the resequencing may be disappointing to members of the community, particularly those businesses in Tennant Creek which have been preparing to deliver contracts as part of the NGP project.
Jemena said it remains committed to delivering these contracts; this includes its jobs and training packages in Tennant Creek. Unfortunately, these projects will be rescheduled to a later date in-light of the NGP’s revised construction schedule.
Jemena will be communicating with impacted individuals as soon as possible to provide further details on what this means for them.
For avoidance of doubt for the Tennant Creek and Mt Isa communities, Jemena expects to commence the Phillip Creek Compressor Station and Mount Isa Compressor Station in 2017 as planned. This will bring a number of jobs and contracts to the region.