The Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG) has started a project to build, own and operate the Tanami Gas Pipeline, an 8 in underground pipeline bringing natural gas to the Newmont Tanami mine sites which is scheduled for Q1 2019 completion.
Running for approximately 440 km, the Tanami Gas Pipeline will carry gas from an Inlet Meter Station connecting to the Amadeus Gas Pipeline, at a location approximately 180 km north west of Alice Springs, to the Granites and Dead Bullock Soak power stations at the Newmont Tanami facilities. The Pipeline will generally follow the alignment of Tanami Road and pass through a mix of pastoral land, Aboriginal freehold land and Crown land.
Construction is expected to take approximately 10 months and will take place in a dedicated right of way with additional work areas such as access tracks, turn around points, construction camps and water storage facilities along the pipeline route. The pipeline is being built by AGIG using industry leading and highly experienced contractors. The pipe itself is being manufactured overseas and delivered to the Darwin port. The pipes are then transported to the Alice Springs rail yard, and then onto laydown areas located along the construction route. AGIG is using local labour and services to support the project.
The Tanami Gas Pipeline is being built, operated and maintained to the highest safety standards, in accordance with the Pipeline Management Plan approved by the NT Department of Primary Industry and Resources. A Pipeline Management Plan has been developed to ensure that the pipeline is built to a standard that reduces the risks to an acceptable level; and processes are in place to control the ongoing operational risks.