NT Link given a boost by Queensland

Posted August 6, 2015

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The Queensland government has given a boost to the NT Link project.

The project is an initiative of the Northern Territory government which is positioning itself as an alternative gas provider to the eastern states where it is estimated there will be a gas shortage by 2018.

The announcement was made yesterday said Mount Isa Mayor Tony McGrady.

Queensland’s coordinator general Barry Broe declared NT Link as a ‘coordinated project’.

This elevates NT Link to ‘state significance’, which means it is recognised to be in state’s interests that the project goes ahead, provided it passes all other regulatory hurdles.

Four prospects are being considered by the NT government including the APA Group which is believed to be preferred by the Queensland Government. That’s down from an initial 17 prospects.

The successful candidate will be nominated by the NT Government in September, Mr McGrady said.

All the remaining candidates’ plans have the pipeline coming east through Mount Isa from Tennant Creek, said Mr McGrady.

“All have publicly declared the Mount Isa route,” he said.  “These people (APA Group) are used to building pipelines, they know the issues.”

“I am extremely confident it will happen and it will go from Tennant Creek to Mount Isa.”

Another major energy source would help make more industry in the north west viable said Cr McGrady. He nominated copper smelting and phosphate processing as two of the most obvious beneficiaries in the short term.

The gas supply to Incitec Pivot’s Southern Cross phosphate operation comes up for renegotiation in the near term. There has been speculation as to the viability of the operation with the higher energy prices demanded from current sources.

The same prospect faces Glencore’s Mount Isa operations. While Mount Isa Mines enjoys lower prices under its current contact, the prospect of higher energy costs is on the horizon.

 

Government Gazette

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