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Work starts on gas pipeline linking Australia's Northern Territory to east coast

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Construction has started on Australia's Northern Gas Pipeline, which will connect the Northern Territory to the eastern seaboard's gas market, the Northern Territory government said.

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The planned 622-km long pipeline will link Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory to Mount Isa in Queensland, connecting, for the first time, the Territory to the Eastern Gas Pipeline Grid, which spans across the Australian states of Queensland, Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania.

The pipeline, which operator Jemena has scheduled to flow first gas late in 2018, may bring some relief to the tight gas situation on the east coast and relieve some of the pressure on the region's LNG exporters.

"Our modelling suggests that the pipeline can be relatively easily expanded and extend to transport up to, or beyond, 700 Tj of gas per day. This far exceeds gas used on an average day in the New South Wales and Queensland markets," Jemena managing director Paul Adams was quoted to say by The Australian.

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