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Spiecapag wins Australian pipeline contract

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Infrastructure company Jemena has hired the Australian subsidiary of France’s Spiecapag to construct the Queensland portion of the Northern Gas pipeline (NGP).

Spiecapag Australia will construct about 141 km of pipeline from east of the Queensland border to the NGP's end-point in Mt Isa.

NGP Project Director Jonathan Spink revealed Spiecapag Australia had been awarded the contract following a four month competitive tender process.

The announcement follows on from Jemena’s selection of McConnell Dowell at the start of the month to build the 481 km Northern Territory component of the 622 km pipeline.

Mr Spink said Spiecapag Australia were seasoned pipeline constructors who demonstrated great skill and capability throughout the tender process.

“They are also well equipped to respond to the unique terrain the pipeline will cross in Queensland, and have a reputation of working collaboratively and closely with local communities,” Mr Spink said.

Mr Spink said Jemena’s 2017 construction schedule was on target after securing pipeline licence and consent approvals to construct from the Northern Territory government.

“We anticipate commencing construction of the NGP in the Territory in the coming weeks, with around 200km to be built this year,” he said.

“Now that we have appointed a construction partner for the Queensland end of the pipeline we will also look closely at our project plan, with a view to commencing construction there as soon as practicable.”

The pipeline is expected to be commissioned in late 2018.

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