Jemena has been recognised with a prestigious award for creating hundreds of local jobs and contracts on its Northern Gas Pipeline (NGP) Project as part of the Northern Territory Chief Minister’s Export and Industry Awards in Darwin last week.
The Local Content Award acknowledges achievements in local contracting and employment on Jemena’s $800 million NGP Project – a 622km buried gas pipeline between Tennant Creek and Mount Isa.
Jemena spokesperson Michael Pintabona said the Northern Gas Pipeline project had created over 1,100 jobs, of which 790 have been filled by people from the Northern Territory and Queensland.
Mr Pintabona said 256 jobs have been filled by people from the Barkly Region and 153 jobs were filled by Aboriginal people from the Territory. Jemena has also trained more than 60 local people.
“Without the support of local people and businesses we simply wouldn’t have been able to develop and deliver the Northern Gas Pipeline, so it is fantastic to receive an award that recognises their efforts and contribution to this project,” said Mr Pintabona.
Since planning for the project began Jemena has awarded 206 contracts to Territory companies, of which 93 are from the Barkly region. These include Remote Concrete NT, Phillips Earthmoving Contractors, Prospect NT, the Bluestone Motor Inn, Outback Caravan Park, Tennant Creek Security, BP Tennant Creek, Tennant Creek Signs, Barkly Plumbing, Barkly Hardware, Leading Edge Tennant Creek and Dexter Barnes Electrical.
“From the onset we challenged ourselves to provide local businesses and people with an opportunity to contribute to the project. This was a challenge we set ourselves but it is one to which Territory businesses responded with our total investment with local businesses topping more than $26 million to date,” said Mr Pintabona.
Companies need to be nominated to be considered for the Local Content Award with local, family-owned civil contractor Phillips Earthmoving nominating Jemena.
Construction of the NGP began in May last year with first gas to flow through the new pipeline before the end of this year.
Image: Russell Brooks, NGP Approvals and Stakeholder Manager, Gina Wilson, NGP Community Relations Manager, Sylvia and Jim Phillips, Phillips Image: Russell Brooks, NGP Approvals and Stakeholder Manager, Gina Wilson, NGP Community Relations Manager, Sylvia and Jim Phillips, Phillips Earthmoving Contractors, Michelle McGrath, NGP Technical Writer, Jonathan Spink, NGP Project Director, NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner, Mark Rathbone, NGP Facilities Manager, Bethany Maley, Circle Advisory.