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Open for Comment: Draft Terms of Reference for Jemena Northern Gas Pipeline

27 Nov 2015

The Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority (NT EPA) has released the draft Terms of Reference (ToR) for the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement for the Jemena Northern Gas Pipeline for public review.

Jemena Northern Gas Pipeline Pty Ltd proposes to construct and operate a high pressure underground gas pipeline between the Amadeus Gas Pipeline commencing at Warrego approximately 45 km north-west of Tennant Creek, Northern Territory, and the Carpentaria Gas Pipeline near Mount Isa, Queensland. The pipeline would be 622 km in length; approximately 457 km would be in the Northern Territory.

The Proponent has identified a 20 km-wide planning corridor within which a 1 km alignment corridor would be defined. Within this alignment corridor all pipeline construction activities would occur including the 30 m wide pipeline construction right of way. The pipeline trench would be constructed using conventional open trenching methods. Supporting infrastructure would be located within the 1 km alignment corridor and would include temporary workforce camps, access roads and above ground facilities, such as meter stations, scraper stations, compressors, mainline valves and a nitrogen reduction skid, at intervals along the pipeline route.

Jemena Northern Gas Pipeline Pty Ltd proposes to commence construction activities in January/February 2017 and begin commissioning in early 2018 with the pipeline expected to be operational by 1 July 2018.

Jemena Northern Gas Pipeline Pty Ltd participated in the North East Gas Interconnector (NEGI) competitive bid process, which was proposed by the Northern Territory Government as a strategy to stimulate exploration and production of the Territory's gas fields, promote economic and infrastructure development in Northern Australia, and provide employment opportunities in regional and remote areas of Northern Australia. Jemena Northern Gas Pipeline Pty Ltd was the successful bidder in the competitive process for the NEGI.

The NT EPA decided that the Jemena Northern Gas Pipeline requires assessment under the Environmental Assessment Act at the level of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

Draft ToR has been developed by the NT EPA to assist Jemena Northern Gas Pipeline Pty Ltd in preparing an EIS. The draft ToR is available for public comment commencing on 27 November 2015. Comments are to be submitted on or before COB Friday 11 December 2015.

The NT EPA will then finalise and issue the Terms of Reference to Jemena Northern Gas Pipeline Pty Ltd for preparation of the EIS.

To obtain a copy of the draft Terms of Reference and to make a submission visit https://ntepa.nt.gov.au/envirocomment.