Jemena has announced that they have once again awarded McConnell Dowell the contract to construct the Northern Territory portion of the Northern Gas Pipeline (NGP).
The original contract with McConnell Dowell was abandoned by Jemena in March when it delayed the start date for construction.
The $800 million pipeline is due to begin construction in July. The pipeline will run 622 km from Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory and Mt Isa in Queensland.
It has also been confirmed by a spokesperson from Jemena that Construction will begin at Tennant Creek and move east rather than beginning at Mt Isa.
"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."
Mr Pintabona also advised that the original reason Jemena released McConnell Dowell from the contract was due to uncertainty regarding land access. He said Jemena required “additional time to have conversations with traditional land owners across the Northern Gas Pipeline route and to ultimately seek agreement for land access with those groups,"
Jemena still has not decided on a contractor for the Queensland section of the build as they are still negotiating land approvals with pastoral properties. However, they are confident they will have received all approvals and announced a contractor by the time construction is due to begin in 2018.