Jobs will come even before the gas – according to the State Government – as construction gets underway at Mount Isa on the Queensland end of an $800 million interstate gas pipeline from the Northern Territory.
And it looks like those jobs will head south as well with the company now committing to investigating the extension of the pipeline to Wallumbilla in the South West.
State Development Minister Dr Anthony Lynham turned the first sod at Mount Isa today on the Northern Gas Pipeline with the project’s builder, leading Australian energy company, Jemena.
Minister for State Development Dr Anthony Lynham says the project was already generating jobs and business opportunities in the North-West.
“This pipeline project is already filling pay-packets in North Queensland, with more than 200 Queenslanders employed by Jemena to date, and 26 contracts awarded to companies in Queensland.”
Dr Lynham has also welcomed the news from Jemena that they were already considering continuing the pipeline from Mount Isa to the Wallumbilla Gas Hub.
“This means more jobs for Queenslanders in construction.”
The Northern Gas Pipeline will run 622 kilometres from Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory to Mount Isa, with 141kms of the pipeline in Queensland between the Isa and the border.
Construction is due to be completed in mid-2018, with the first gas scheduled to flow later that year.
“The pipeline extension under investigation will help connect gas fields in the Northern Territory to the east coast market, adding to supply to help ease current supply concerns,” he said.
Today’s milestone follows last week’s announcement that Queensland company Senex had won a tender to develop 58 square kilometres of coal seam gas acreage near Miles in the Surat Basin.
The gas is only available to the Australian domestic market.
Tenders also opened last week for almost 400 square kilometres of highly prospective land in the Surat and Bowen Basin, also restricted to supply the Australian market.