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McConnell Dowell awarded construction contract by Jemena

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McConnell Dowell has been awarded a construction contract for the Northern Gas pipeline (NGP) project by Jemena. NGP is a 622 km buried gas pipeline that runs between Tennant Creek and Mount Isa in Australia. Upon its completion, the NGP will connect Northern Territory gas fields with the east coast gas market.

McConnell Dowell’s scope of work involves the engineering, construction and commissioning of a 481 km section of the pipeline, commencing in the Northern Territory.

The award comes after an extensive early contractor involvement process between Jemena and McConnell Dowell, during which time Jemena secured the necessary approvals and land access to allow this project to move forward. With this award secured, McConnell Dowell will commence site activities over the coming weeks, with the first gas expected to run through the pipeline in late 2018.

Highlighting the company’s experience in the delivery of cross country pipeline projects, McConnell Dowell’s CEO, Scott Cummins, said: “This project will build on the successful relationship between McConnell Dowell and Jemena and is a testament of the customer’s confidence in our experience and ability to construct this critical infrastructure link.”

Jim Frith, Managing Director Australia, said “The award of this contract for the Northern Gas Pipeline project is the result of substantial collaboration between our two companies that ensured the project design is fit for purpose whilst significantly reducing costs.”

At a signing ceremony in Melbourne, Jemena’s Managing Director, Paul Adams, said that Jemena is confident that McConnell Dowell is well placed to construct and deliver the NGP.

“McConnell Dowell has been one of Jemena’s key partners throughout the NGP Project, having worked closely with us throughout the initial tender, and throughout 2016. They have a fantastic mix of skills and experience which will be key to this project’s success,” Adams stated.

“Partnering with McConnell Dowell allows us to build a cost-effective pipeline relatively quickly, to support a strong gas industry for the Northern Territory by delivering gas to the market at a competitive price,” he added.

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