Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG) has welcomed the Northern Territory Government’s decision to grant conditional consent to commission and operate the new $170 million Tanami pipeline infrastructure.
The recent announcement by NT Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, Paul Kirby, said construction of the Tanami Gas Pipeline was complete and AGIG could now test the pipeline by introducing gas at the pressure under which it will operate.
The Minister said once testing is successfully completed and independently verified, the pipeline will be able to go into full operational mode.
Newmont Mining Corporation awarded the contract for AGIG to build, own and operate the new 440-km pipeline, which will transport natural gas to Newmont’s Tanami mine sites, about 540km north-west of Alice Springs, in the Northern Territory.
The pipeline – to be called the Tanami Gas Pipeline – connects to the existing Amadeus Gas Pipeline, about 180km north-west of Alice Springs, and links up with supply of gas to Newmont’s Tanami facilities.
AGIG’s Chief Customer Officer, Mr Andrew Staniford, said the Company was pleased to meet its priority commitment of completing the pipeline in the first quarter of calendar 2019.
“This is one of the most significant projects and investments we have undertaken in Australia and is an extremely exciting and complex project given its isolated location and geographical terrain,” Mr Staniford said.
“Importantly, it will deliver much-needed natural gas to Newmont’s Tanami Operation and is expected to lower production costs while also reducing carbon emissions,” he said.
Mr Staniford said the pipeline follows the alignment of Tanami Road and passes through a mix of pastoral land, Aboriginal freehold land and Crown land.