Members of Jemena’s Board* will visit Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory on Sunday, 11 December and Monday 12 December 2016, in order to view the progress of the $800 million Northern Gas Pipeline (NGP) project first-hand.
Board* members who arrived in the Northern Territory from China, Singapore, Sydney and Melbourne this weekend, will tour the McConnell Dowell Depot – where line pipe for the NGP is being stored – and will also hear an update from the NGP Project Director, Jonathan Spink.
“The support of our Board has been crucial to the NGP’s success so far, and we are excited to be able to show them through the 20 hectare depot which is currently being used to stockpile the pipe that will eventually become the NGP,” said Mr Spink.
“Board members will also learn about the work we have done with the local community and our other stakeholders as part of the NGP project. Pleasingly, we are tracking to schedule against all project milestones, with construction of the pipeline scheduled to commence in early 2017, and first gas expected to flow in 2018.”
As part of their visit Jemena Board members will learn more about how the NGP is creating job opportunities in Tennant Creek, Mount Isa and surrounding communities.
“We anticipate the NGP will create around 900 jobs, with 600 of these jobs expected to be filled by people from the Barkly and Isa regions and the broader Northern Territory,” said Mr Spink.
“As part of this, we are undertaking a social employment project in Tennant Creek, where people facing significant barriers to employment will be able to contribute to the production and supply of 50,000 timber pipe skids and 80,000 sand and saw dust bags.
“Jemena’s Project Ready Training Program, which will take 60 trainees next year, will also give those people with little or no construction experience the chance to undertake training so they can transition directly to a job on the project.”
As part of their tour the Board members will also experience a traditional Welcome to Country ceremony, dine at Lake Mary Ann and visit artists at the Nyinkka Nyu Nyu Art and Culture Centre.
Jemena was selected by the Northern Territory Government to build and operate the Northern Gas Pipeline in late 2015. The 622km pipeline will connect Northern Territory gas fields with the east coast gas market at Mount Isa in Queensland.
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*The Board members visiting Tennant Creek are Directors of Jemena’s holding company SGSP (Australia) Assets Pty Ltd and/or its various subsidiaries, including Jemena Northern Gas Pipeline Pty Ltd.