by Anthony Templeton
CONSTRUCTION of a gas pipeline between Queensland and the Northern Territory beginning next week is expected to create 600 jobs.
State Development Minister Dr Anthony Lynham congratulated Queensland-based Senex, which has been chosen as the company to extract gas from the Surat Basin exclusively for the Australian market.
Dr Lynham said producing more gas for the Australian market was important to ensure supply and keep prices stable as the fuel is crucial to many manufacturing businesses in Queensland.
Dr Lynham said he was pleased a Queensland company had been selected to deliver the gas pilot project to the Australian market.
"Around 150 jobs are expected to be created and Senex expects to invest over $200 million on wells and infrastructure over the project's life," he said.
"Importantly this land is adjacent to existing gas infrastructure which will help to fast-track production from well head to market," he said.
"Senex must now negotiate land access agreements and fulfil all existing environmental and Native Title requirements before the Petroleum Lease is granted and work can begin.
"All going well, it is expected that gas from this project will become available to the local market within the next two years."