The Northern Gas Pipeline is progressing to schedule. Our Approvals and Stakeholder Management team has carried out extensive community and business consultation, travelling along the proposed pipeline route and visiting surrounding areas.
The first major milestone took place in May, with the first batch of 3,500 tonnes of steel cast, with pipe manufacture and coating commencing shortly after. Four Solar Turbines Taurus 60 compressor packages were ordered – two will be installed at Mount Isa in Queensland and two at Phillip Creek in the Northern Territory along with an additional two smaller units.
Detailed design for both pipeline and compression facilities has commenced, and a number of long lead procurement packages are out for tender. Construction of the project is scheduled to begin in early 2017, with completion of both the pipeline and facilities in 2018.
What have been the main challenges to date that the business has had to overcome to ensure the project is moving forward as planned?
We’ve always believed in the NGP and the strength of our bid, so we’re well progressed on securing all necessary approvals and permits. We’ve established strong and respectful relationships with Traditional Owners, landholders and local communities, and we expect construction to proceed without difficulty.