AGI Tanami has received consent to commission the Tanami Gas Pipeline, allowing them to test the pipeline by introducing gas at the pressure under which it will operate.
Once testing has been completed successfully and independently verified, the pipeline will be able to go into full operational mode.
“The Territory Labor Government supports the delivery of job-creating infrastructure, so I am pleased to approve the next stage of works for the Tanami Gas Pipeline,” Northern Territory Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, Paul Kirby, said.
The pipeline will provide gas to Newmont’s Granites gold mine located approximately 550km north-west of Alice Springs in the Tanami Desert. Historically the mining operations have had to rely on diesel to operate, which meant a pause in production if roads became impassable and diesel could not get through.
“This pipeline will provide year-round, cleaner power — supporting existing jobs and creating the potential for more jobs.
“The Territory Labor Government will continue to focus on attracting private sector investment across the Territory, and on getting job-creating projects out of the ground as quickly as possible,” said Mr Kirby.