Jemena has awarded several contracts for works on the Northern Gas Pipeline.
Construction and engineering company Civmec announced on Wednesday that the contract is for camp set-up, site civil, structural steel fabrication and the structural, mechanical, piping, electrical and instrumentation (SMPEI) installation works at the Phillip Creek Compressor Station.
This win comes on the back of Civmec establishing their presence in the Northern Territory through work on the Ichthys LNG project. At the Ichthys project Civmec produced precast manholes, foundations and various other underground structures.
Patrick Tallon, CEO of Civmec spoke about Civmec in the Northern Territory and winning the NGP contract;
"This is a significant and strategic award for us and, combined with the scope growth at the Inpex project in Darwin, it will see an enlargement of our on-site capabilities within our oil and gas division and an expansion of our brand in the Northern Territory."
Jemena Managing Director Paul Adams has spoken about the significance of the NGP to the Northern Territory and the east coast;
“This project is a boon for businesses that rely on gas as either a feedstock or fuel source by providing them with access to new gas at a cheaper price, particularly when compared to the costs associated with transporting gas over long distances from the Moomba Gas Hub to Queensland and New South Wales,”
“Jemena has already commenced investigative work on expanding the NGP and extending it south from Mt Isa to the Wallumbilla Gas Hub to further integrate Territory gas into the east coast gas grid, provided additional gas supplies are made available in the Territory.”
“The pipeline can be relatively easily expanded and extended to transport up to, or beyond, 700TJs of gas per day.”
“This far exceeds gas used on an average day in the New South Wales and Queensland markets.”
“Pleasingly, 58 graduates of Jemena’s Project Ready Training Program — which provides training and development opportunities for local Aboriginal people — have the opportunity to take up full-time employment during construction of the NGP,”
Who are the Contractors on the Northern Gas Pipeline?
Queensland Section- Speicapag Australia
The Queensland section of the Northern Gas Pipeline has been contracted to Spiecapag Australia. This contract was awarded by Jemena after a four month long tender process.
The Queensland section of the Northern Gas Pipeline spans 140km from the Northern Territories eastern border to Mt Isa in Queensland.
Spiecapag Australia released an announcement about winning this major contract;
“Spiecapag Australia are seasoned pipeline constructors who demonstrated great skill and capability throughout the tender process,”
“They are also well equipped to respond to the unique terrain the pipeline will cross in Queensland, and have a reputation of working collaboratively and closely with local communities.”
Northern Territory Section- McConnell Dowell
McConell Dowell has been awarded the contract to construct the Northern Territory section of the Northern Gas Pipeline.
McConell Dowell’s original contract was abandoned by Jemena in March when the start date of the project was delayed, however, it was reawarded once a new construction start date had been set.
A Jemena spokesperson spoke about the tumultuous process of awarding this contract;
“When we re-sequenced the project, we looked at the potential of starting in Queensland and building east to west, [but] because we’ve now been able to appoint McConnell Dowell, we’re going to get them on the ground as soon as we can.”
“We anticipate this year that McConnell Dowell will construct around 240km of pipeline, and that could be more or less depending upon the wet season and how factors like that pan out as well.”