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Natural gas pipeline to create up to 350 jobs

In the middle of remote Central Australia, work has quietly begun on a 450-kilometre natural gas pipeline owned in part by the Hong Kong-based company that launched a $13 billion takeover of Australia’s largest gas network operator earlier this month.

On June 6 the green light was given to AGI Tanami to begin constructing the Tanami gas pipeline, which will run off the Amadeus gas pipeline to Newmont Mining’s Granite and Dead Bullock soak mines in the Tanami Desert.

The project — valued at between $US225 to $US275 million — will also build two natural gas power stations, giving the mine a second source of power.

This will allow it to operate even in bad weather when trucks have historically been unable to travel along the Tanami Road — at times labelled “Australia’s worst highway” — to deliver diesel to the operation.

While one economist said the pipeline was only necessary “because the territory and federal governments don’t spend enough money on the Tanami road”, he also pointed out Australia’s economy had always relied on offshore investment. Read more…

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