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The construction of an $800 million cross-border gas pipeline is expected to give north Qld an economic boost.
The construction of an $800 million cross-border gas pipeline is expected to give north Qld an economic boost.

A north-west Queensland MP says the construction of an $800 million gas pipeline between the Northern Territory and Queensland will help secure the future of northern Australia.

Asian conglomerate Jemena has been awarded the tender to build the 622 kilometre North-East Gas Interconnector project between Tennant Creek and Mount Isa. It will create 300 Queensland jobs during construction and 15 permanent positions in Mount Isa.

The Member for Mount Isa, Rob Katter, said it would benefit the entire region.

“It’s big news for the north-west, big news for Townsville and big news for northern Australia,” he said.

Mr Katter said it would encourage local investment.

“I think you’ll see people reading the papers in Brisbane and Sydney saying things are happening again in the north-west,” he said.

“I think this could be the precipitant for some really positive moves out there.”

Glenn Graham from the Mount Isa Townsville Economic Zone said it would kickstart the next phase of development in the north-west and help support future exploration.

“There are a number of existing known deposits that could be exploited by having access to this gas to be used for power generation,” he said.

“The gas, which will be converted into energy, will create the catalyst for the phase of development of the north-west minerals province.”

Construction is due to be completed by 2018.

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