The contract for the construction of the 60km Atlas Gas Pipeline has been awarded, with the first gas expected to flow before the end of 2019.

Jemena announced it has appointed Spiecapag Australia to construct the pipeline — forming part of Jemena’s $140 million Atlas Gas Pipeline Project in south-west Queensland.

Jemena’s Atlas Gas Pipeline Project Director, Mark Turner, said Spiecapag was selected following a competitive tender process in quarter one of 2019.

“Spiecapag has a proven record in constructing complex pipelines in regional Queensland,and brings to the table an exceptional understanding of the local terrain and environment,” Mr Turner said.

“Spiecapag’s performance as Jemena’s Queensland construction partner on the $800 million Northern Gas Pipeline in 2018 means we have every confidence that they are the right team to help us deliver this project on time and on budget.”

Mr Turner said Spiecapag will join Jemena at a series of information sessions in Roma, Miles, and Wandoan where it will outline business and other opportunities associated with the construction of the Atlas Gas Pipeline.

“In its entirety, we expect the construction of the Atlas Gas Pipeline Project will create between 150 to 200 jobs,” Mr Turner said.

Jemena was awarded the right to build, own and operate the Atlas Gas Pipeline Project by Senex Energy in 2018.

The Atlas acreage is the first of 13 acreages awarded by the Queensland Government, with all gas from the project ear-marked for the domestic market.

The Atlas Gas Pipeline will span 60km from Senex Energy’s Atlas acreage, south-west of Wandoan, to Jemena’s Darling Downs Pipeline, near Yuleba.

The project also includes a compressor station, currently under construction by Valmec, approximately 20km from Wandoan.

Once completed by the end of 2019, the Atlas Gas Pipeline will have the capacity to transport 40 terajoules of gas per day.

Charlotte Pordage is Editor of Utility magazine, a position she has held since November 2018. She joined the team as an Associate Editor in October 2017, after sharpening her writing and editing skills across a range of print and digital publications. Charlotte graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London, in 2011 with joint honours in English and Latin. When she's not putting together Australia's only dedicated utility magazine, she can usually be found riding her horse or curled up with a good book.

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