Jemena has awarded the contract to build the Queensland Section of the $800 million Northern Gas Pipeline. The contract has been awarded to the French-owned company Spiecapag Australia.
According to Northern Gas Pipeline Project Director, Jonathan Spink, Spiecapag Australia was awarded the contract after a competitive, four month long tender process.
“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.”
The Queensland section of the Northern Gas Pipeline spans 140 km from the Northern Territory-Queensland border to Mount Isa.
This announcement follows the decision from early this month appointing McConnell Dowell to construct the Northern Territory portion of the Northern Gas Pipeline. This means the full length of the pipeline now has construction partners appointed.
The journey of appointing contractors for the Northern Gas Pipeline has not been a smooth one. Initially the entire construction contract was awarded to McConnell Dowell, however, this contract was abandoned in March. Jemena then re-awarded the contract to construct the Northern Territory section of the Northern Gas Pipeline to McConnell Dowell in early June, before finally awarded the Queensland section to Spiecapag Australia.
Mr Spink also confirmed that the construction schedule was on track, stating,
“We anticipate commencing construction of the NGP in the Territory in the coming weeks, with around 200km to be built this year,”
“Now that we have appointed a construction partner for the Queensland end of the pipeline we will also look closely at our project plan, with a view to commencing construction there as soon as practicable.”