The Northern Territory Government has granted Jemena consent to construct the first 344km portion of the Northern Gas Pipeline (NGP) project.

This follows consent to construct the Phillip Creek Station Compressor Station, which was granted on 2 May 2017.

Minister for Resources, Ken Vowles, said the project is one of the Northern Territory Government’s key platforms for the development of Tennant Creek as a mining services centre for the Territory and to develop the north.

“The construction of the Northern Gas Pipeline will underpin jobs, investment and development in the region for years to come, with approximately 900 jobs generated during construction alone,” Mr Vowles said

“Jemena has indicated that it will start construction on this portion as soon as practicable to take advantage of the dry season.”

It is expected 240km of the pipe – which spans from 45km north-west of Tennant Creek to 113km west of the Queensland border – will be laid in 2017.

Mr Vowles said Jemena’s Environmental Management Plan (EMP) is available on the Jemena website and the Department of Primary Industry and Resources website.

“The NGP EMP outlines Jemena’s management of and compliance with all recommendations made by the NT Environmental Protection Authority and the Commonwealth’s Department of Environment and Energy,” Mr Vowles said.

The pipeline licence for the Northern Gas Pipeline project was granted on 26 April 2017. Consent to construct the pipeline is being granted in stages.

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