Jemena kicked off construction on the Atlas Gas Pipeline, located about 12 miles (20 km) southwest of Wandoan in Queensland.
The project will consist of an 8-inch 37-mile (60-km) steel-coated, buried gas pipeline and compressor station. It will transport gas from Senex Energy’s Atlas gas field to the east coast gas market via the Wallumbilla Gas Hub.
The Atlas is Queensland’s first domestic-only gas supply with all gas ear-marked for the domestic market. Executive General Manager of Gas Markets Antoon Boey said construction and commissioning of the project is expected to be complete before the end of 2019.
“We are currently in the early stages of construction, with around 90 people on site conducting clear and grade and stringing activities, and we expect this work to ramp up quickly over the coming weeks,” Boey said.
He added pipeline and processing facility have been designed to enable additional expansion when additional gas reserves become available.
Jemena recently awarded Spiecapag Australia a $20 million contract to construct the Atlas Gas Pipeline, while Australian energy and infrastructure services group Valmec has chosen to construct the Atlas Compressor Station.
In total, Jemena will invest $140 million to construct the Atlas Gas Pipeline Project which is expected to create around 150 to 200 jobs in Queensland.