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Tennant Creek Jemena gas pipeline link catalyst for business boom in Alice Springs



NOVEMBER 27, 2015 9:58AM

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Northern Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles(left) and Paul Brasher, Incitec Pivot Limite

Northern Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles(left) and Paul Brasher, Incitec Pivot Limited at Parliament House for the NT Government’s announcement Jemena as preferred bidder for $1 billion North East Gas Interconnector project.

CENTRAL Australia is on the cusp of a development boom offering enormous potential for local business to grow and create new employment.

That’s the view of newly appointed Industry Capability Network (ICN) regional manager Jay Walker.

ICN is a national organisation which links developers with service providers and suppliers.

Based in the Central Australian Development Office, Mr Walker is building a database of businesses interested in opportunities with the gas pipeline and other major projects.

“We’re looking for people who are roaring and ready to go, who have the staff and the capacity,” he said.

“There are lots of opportunities for everybody.

“The ripple effect from this project will be enormous.”

Mr Walker said Alice Springs was well positioned to benefit from providing accommodation and supplies for the pipeline.

“Supplies could be anything from steel to tyres and equipment for hire,” he said.

“Accommodation will ne needed for people who may fly in, from Queensland for example, and then take the milk run flight to Tennant Creek.

“Another big thing is indigenous employment opportunities for training organisations and businesses to skill up the Aboriginal workforce.”

Mr Walker said the role of ICN was to assess the capability of interested businesses and give feedback to the proponent.

In addition to the pipeline, other major works on the horizon in Central Australia include the Melanka development, Chandler salt mine and Mount Peake TNG project.

“If we want the region to prosper we need to be prepared or we will miss the boat,” he said.

Mr Walker is a former banker who grew up on a Top End cattle station.

He has lived in Alice Springs for the past year.

Business operators interested in registering with ICN should visit gateway.icn.org.au online.

Meanwhile, the successful bidder for the North East Gas Interconnector, Jemena, has chosen McConnell Dowell to build the 623km pipeline.

McConnell Dowell worked with Jemena through the competitive tender process.

The contract will include the high-pressure gas pipeline, two compressor stations and gas treatment facilities. The value of this construction work is expected to exceed $300 million.

Construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.


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Airnorth launches “Centre Run” flights between Darwin and Alice Springs


Airnorth will link Darwin with Alice Springs via Katherine and Tennant Creek from October in what the airline describes as its new “Centre Run” service.

The regional carrier said it will operate 30-seat Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia aircraft on a Darwin-Katherine-Tennant Creek-Alice Springs routing three times a week. The return service to Darwin will also stop in Tennant Creek and Katherine.

“Given population growth and increased business activity within the NT it is an ideal time to reintroduce the Centre Run services and we do so with a long term outlook of providing sustainable air services to Katherine, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs,” Airnorth chief executive Daniel Bowden said in a statement.

“Airnorth welcomes the support provided by the Northern Territory government in launching the Centre Run services and values their continued commitment to developing our regional communities and enhancing remote area services.”

The first flights of the new service, which will run on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, take off on October 19, with TL250 due to depart Darwin at 0730 local time.

Airnorth, which is a Qantas codeshare partner, said travellers would be able to earn Qantas frequent flyer points on the new service.


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