Northern Territory Minister for Primary Industry and Resources Paul Kirby
Tanami Gas Pipeline Opens
Victor P Taffa
Tanami Gas Pipeline has officially been opened by Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, Paul Kirby, as part of Newmont Mining’s $346 Million Tanami power project.
“Territory Government’s number one priority is creating jobs, so I am pleased to open the Tanami Gas Pipeline which will support jobs at Newmont’s Territory mining operations.” Minister for Primary Industry and Resources Paul Kirby said.
“Under our Government, we are seeing confidence in the Territory’s mining sector and strong interest in our resources.”
Project is expected to provide the Tanami gold mine with a safe and reliable energy source that lowers power costs and carbon emissions by 20 %.
It involved the installation of 2 power stations, a 66-kilovolt interconnected power line and the Territory Government’s approval to operate a 450-km gas pipeline.
Tanami Gas Pipeline will provide gas to Newmont’s Granites gold mine located approximately 550 km north-west of Alice Springs in the Tanami Desert. Historically the mining operations have had to rely on diesel to operate, which meant a pause in production if roads became impassable and diesel could not get through.
Newmont’s exploration success at Tanami may also extend its mine life beyond 2028, with the company considering a second expansion project. Newmont’s first expansion of Tanami in 2017 has increased mine capacity by 80,000 ounces of gold a year.
Newmont will make a full funding decision on the proposed expansion at Tanami in the second half of the year.