The Tanami Power Project, which includes two power stations, a 55kV interconnected power line and a 450km natural gas pipeline, has been successfully completed on schedule.

The pipeline was built and will be maintained by Australian Gas Infrastructure Group, and the power stations were constructed and will be operated by Zenith Energy. Capital costs are estimated at approximately $245 million with annual cash lease payments over a ten-year term beginning in 2019.

The project is expected to generate net cash savings of $34 per ounce from 2019 to 2023, delivering an Internal Rate of Return of greater than 50 per cent.

“In addition to lowering costs and carbon emissions, the completed Tanami Power Project will pave the way to further extend the life of the operation,” Gary Goldberg, Chief Executive Officer at Newmont Mining, said .

“Consistent execution and delivery remain the hallmark of our ability to generate free cash flow and create long-term value for our shareholders and other stakeholders.

“Completion of the project coincides with Tanami pouring its ten millionth ounce of gold on the back of record production of 500,000 ounces last year.

“This achievement is a testament to the skill of our team as well as our valued partnership with the Warlpiri people, the Traditional Owners of the land.”

Lauren ‘LJ’ Butler is the Assistant Editor of Utility magazine and has been part of the team at Monkey Media since 2018.

After completing a Bachelor of Media, Communications and Professional Writing at the University of Wollongong in 2014, and prior to writing about the utility sector, LJ worked as a Journalist and Sub Editor across the horticulture, hardware, power equipment, construction and accommodation industries with publishers such as Glenvale Publications, Multimedia Publishing and Bean Media Group.

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