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Construction has wrapped up on the 622km Northern Gas Pipeline (NGP) as the $800 million project tracks towards commissioning by the end of the year.

Jemena executive general manager of corporate development Antoon Boey confirmed the landmark was reached this week, with about 34,000 lengths of pipe welded, lowered and now fully buried in the trench.

“The sheer scale of this project is enormous – the largest current gas pipeline project in Australia. This milestone is due to the fantastic effort of those working in remote, hot and often dusty conditions,” Mr Boey said.

“Overall the project is tracking on schedule.  Apart from the pipeline, we’re thrilled that construction of the Mount Isa Compressor Station is finished and completion of the Phillip Creek Compressor Station in the Northern Territory is imminent.”

The pipeline and compressor stations will be checked before gas commissioning later this year.

Mr Boey said almost 800 jobs had been created as part of the pipeline’s planning and construction phase – around 700 of which were awarded to people from local communities along the pipeline route.

Mr Boey said the Northern Territory had a unique opportunity to grow its economy and contribute to the east coast gas shortage.

“Jemena is progressing its plans to extend and expand the Northern Gas Pipeline and will continue to work with the community to understand how they can contribute to this next phase of growth and activity," he said.

“Should development of the Beetaloo Basin proceed as expected, we are seeking to invest significantly more across Northern Australia.

"This could create around 4000 new jobs during the project’s construction phase, building on the skills the NGP has already brought to the region.”

On commissioning, the NGP can deliver 90 TJs of much needed gas per day, with 70 per cent of available capacity in year one having already been contracted to support manufacturing and jobs in Northern Australia.

Last month Jemena announced its agreement with Incitec Pivot Limited (IPL) to transport at least 32 TJs of gas per day to supply its Gibson Island facility. This follows Jemena’s foundation agreement with the Northern Territory’s Power & Water Corporation to transport 31 TJs of gas to IPL’s Phosphate Hill facility for 10 years.

“Discussions with other parties are also well advanced, and we remain confident that NGP will be fully contracted by the time it is operational later this year,” Mr Boey said.

Pipeline complete in $800m gas project
Mount Isa City Council will showcase the potential of the North West Minerals Province with a conference in Brisbane on November 22-23.

Mayor Joyce McCulloch said the conference would demonstrate why Mount Isa and other regional centres in the North West Minerals Province were such great places to
live, work and invest.

“We are bringing our story on the road – we want to bring our story from Mount Isa direct to stakeholders, investors, and decision-makers from around Australia and the world and to share information about the enormous range of future opportunities,” Cr McCulloch said.

“We want to make sure people far and wide know what is happening in this region and the value and opportunity it and the wider North West Minerals Province creates every day for Queensland, Australia and the World. We want to build a network of champions.”

The conference is titled Australia’s Mount Isa and the North West Minerals Province: Showcasing Northern Australia’s Potential and will be held at the Hilton Brisbane.

It is expected to focus on opportunities within the resources sector throughout the North West Minerals Province, as well as lifestyle, health, education, tourism, agriculture, energy, infrastructure and transport sectors.

More information will be available at the conference date nears.

Spotlight on the North West
Adani is in the midst of closing the finance deal for the $1 billion rail project needed to bring its Carmichael coal project online, according to a top executive and son of Gautam Adani.

Adani Ports and Special Economic Zones chief executive officer Karan Adani discussed progress on the $16.5 billion Carmichael project in central Queensland during an interview on Indian television yesterday.

“We have completed the financing on the mine. Our port is already operational. Now we are just closing the financing of the rail part. Once that is all done we will start,” he said.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk last year vetoed a possible $1 billion loan from the $5 billion Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility for the rail project.

In a media statement today Adani Australia said it was continuing to work to secure finance for the Carmichael coal project and that this was progressing well.

“Finance for the mine is contingent on securing finance for the rail component of the project as both are interdependent,” it said.

The Carmichael Project has received more than 112 project approvals and also been successful in nine court challenges to date.

The company said it was continuing to work through secondary approvals, in line with project conditions.

Adani closing rail finance
"We want you” is the call from the Queensland resources sector as job vacancies mount throughout the state.

Queensland Resources Council (QRC) chief executive Ian Macfarlane said there were close to 1400 Queensland job vacancies in mining, resources and energy on the employment website SEEK.

“To borrow the famous quote from Lord Kitchener, ‘we want you’ to apply for a job in resources and fill these vacancies,” Mr Macfarlane said.

“Jobs in the resources sector are good jobs. Resource jobs are well-paid jobs. The mining industry has by far the highest average weekly full-time adult earnings of any industry at $2659 – or over $138,000 per annum.

“Our sector continues to drive economic opportunities both in the regions and the larger cities and if we are to maintain this momentum and increase royalties the sector needs people operating the machinery, loading the ships and working with communities.”

The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) labour force data revealed the sector was creating a job every hour or 8400 new jobs over the last 12 months.

The Queensland resources sector supports more than 280,000 full-time jobs and contributed over $55 billion to the State’s economy in 2016/17.

Advertised jobs in Qld for mining, resources and energy (SEEK):

Region SEEK mining, resources and energy vacancies
Brisbane 288
Gladstone and Central Queensland 161
Rockhampton and Capricorn Coast 115
Mackay and Coalfields 519
Townsville 97
Mount Isa 87
Toowoomba and Darling Downs 43
Roma and Western Queensland 87

Resources industry crying out for workers
North Queensland firm Mendi has won the first stage of civil works for Townsville's $215 million Haughton Pipeline Duplication Project.

Mayor Jenny Hill said the work was crucial to ensure the 36.5km of pipeline could start to be installed in coming months.

“This package of work includes site preparation along the pipeline route, ensuring access to the work areas and removing vegetation,” Cr Hill said.

“This is another important milestone on the project and it will create 50 direct and indirect jobs, with work expected to start within weeks.”

Townsville City Council allocated $159 million in the 2018-19 Budget to build the pipeline, which will run from the Haughton Pump Station to the Ross River Dam.

It will allow more water to be pumped more efficiently than the existing 1.2m diameter pipeline, providing up to 234 megalitres of water per day into the city's main water supply dam.

Cr Hill said the pipeline was the council’s top priority infrastructure project and it had structured the work packages to ensure local firms – such as Mendi – had the best opportunity to secure work.

“The pipeline will be one of the biggest job-creating projects in North Queensland and we are making sure locals get the best chance to get work on the project,” Cr Hill said.

Premise is acting as project manager for the work and Iplex was awarded the tender in April for the supply of 36.5km of 1.8m diameter pipe.

Mendi wins Townsville water pipeline work
The CSIRO claims it can cut costs for copper miners by virtue of a new ore sorting analyser it’s developed.

Taking advantage of magnetic resonance technology, the analyser rapidly identifies ore grade so that large volumes of waste rock (gangue) can be rejected before it enters the plant, significantly reducing the amount of energy and water needed for processing, CSIRO said in a statement.

The analyser is available to the international copper market through NextOre, a new company created by RFC Ambrian, Advisian Digital and CSIRO.

“Bringing the analyser to market through NextOre opens up the opportunity to transform the global copper industry and reduce its environmental footprint,” CSIRO research director Nick Cutmore said.

“NextOre has identified 59 mature copper mine sites where the analyser could be applied to extend their life, capturing 35 per cent of global copper production.

“The solution could also enable undeveloped, low grade mines to be brought into production, so the economic benefits are huge.”

By illuminating batches of ore with short pulses of radio waves, magnetic resonance penetrates through copper ores – much like medical MRI ‘sees into’ human bodies – to rapidly and accurately detect ore grade.

It has an advantage over other ore sorting analysers that can often only go “skin deep” to detect mineral particles on the surface of ore, producing less reliable results.

While the productivity benefits vary depending on the characteristics of the orebody, the analyser has the potential to more than double average ore grades once sorted.

It could represent as much as a 20 per cent reduction in processing costs in some copper mines.

In its first year, NextOre will focus its efforts on engaging the South American and Canadian market.

“Contracts have been secured to provide magnetic resonance analysers to three companies, including two top-tier producers, in the coming financial year,” NextOre CEO Chris Beal said.

“We are providing full ore sorting solutions, including technical and engineering advice, to move from concept to site trials and final implementation.”

In addition to copper, the magnetic resonance analyser can be applied to gold and iron-bearing ores.

NextOre is another recent commercialisation success story for CSIRO and RFC Ambrian, who together established Chrysos Corporation in late-2016 to market an x-ray-based gold analysis solution.

MRI for mining to sort our copper waste