Power and Water Corporation has been celebrated for its role in developing Northern Australia through the provision of natural gas to the Tanami region.

The corporation won the Developing Northern Australia category at the 2019 Chief Minister’s Awards for Excellence in the Public Sector.

Working together with Newmont Goldcorp and government agencies, Power and Water facilitated the development of a gas supply corridor to power the Granites Gold Mine in the Tanami, in addition to exploring the connection of remote communities to natural gas.

The partnership recently culminated in the signing of a 10-year gas supply agreement valued at more than $200 million.

“We are very proud to be recognised for this incredible achievement,” Power and Water Chief Executive, Michael Thomson, said.

“In addition to supplying the gas, Power and Water actively supported engagement with Traditional Owners to ensure everyone stood to benefit from this transition to natural gas.

“Our gas supply team have worked hard to help make this happen.”

The Tanami gas expansion project has been lauded for its improved power supply reliability, lower energy costs, reduced carbon emissions and reduced road traffic through fewer diesel trucks.

The project has provided the foundation for Newmont to expand its mining operations while also opening up new development opportunities in the region.

Power and Water has more than three decades’ experience in the gas industry and expects this to continue well into the future with a number of new projects in the pipeline.


Siobhan Day is the Assistant Editor of Utility magazine and Pump Industry magazine, and has been part of the team since early 2019. With a background in management in the non-profit sector, Siobhan has extensive experience in communications, professional writing and client management. She holds a Bachelor of Business and Communications and is currently completing a postgraduate degree.

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