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Northern Territory gas pipeline an economic reality

Posted: 1 April 2015

Four top quality proposals have been shortlisted for construction of a gas pipeline connecting the Northern Territory with the East Coast.

The North East Gas Interconnector is a critical piece of economic development infrastructure and a priority major project for the Territory Government. 

It would link the NT to the East Coast via a route between either Alice Springs and Moomba or Tennant Creek and Mount Isa.

The quality of the submissions through the Government’s competitive process for the pipeline’s construction has been so high that the Territory Government now feels it is inevitable that this vital pipeline will be built.

A panel of experts has spent a month assessing the proposals and has nominated the following four companies to go through to the final stage of the process: APA Group, DDG Operations Pty Ltd (DUET), Merlin Energy Australia Pty Ltd and SGSP (Australia) Assets Pty Ltd (Jemena).

It is estimated that the Territory has more than 200 trillion cubic feet of gas resources in six onshore basins – potentially enough gas to power Australia for more than 200 years and reserves almost 20 times the size of the Ichthys LNG Project. There is also more than 30 trillion cubic feet of gas offshore.

For further information on the North East Gas Interconnector visit

Camp Elcho residents move back in

Posted: 31 March 2015

Galiwinku residents were able to return to Camp Elcho over the weekend after sheltering from Tropical Cyclone Nathan.

The temporary accommodation located on the community oval was recently taken down while the cyclone passed through the area.

Camp Elcho includes heavy duty shelters with floors that can safely accommodate around 300 residents in the short term while homes are repaired.

Galiwinku families and individuals were able to move back in on Saturday and Sunday after the temporary accommodation was re-established by a hard-working team comprised of NT Emergency Services, NT Fire and Rescue Service, NSW Rural Fire Service and community members.

A total of 32 shelters have been set up with an additional five tents for shade and communal areas.

Longer term accommodation options are being developed with community leaders so the camp can be closed.

The longer term accommodation will be provided for families whose house will need to be rebuilt or have major works.

Government will continue talking with residents of affected communities about how the rebuilding program can support a strong future and real jobs for Yolngu.