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New gas project proposed for regional NSW

Jemena
Jemena

An energy producer has revealed plans for a gas development in New South Wales’ Illawarra region.

Jemena recently submitted a proposal to the State Government for a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal at Port Kembla, 93km south of Sydney.

The project involves designing and constructing an LNG import terminal and connecting it to the existing Eastern Gas Pipeline (EGP). The pipeline will be modified to allow gas to be transported in both directions to supply the Sydney and Melbourne metropolitan areas.

180 jobs

QMEB can reveal the deal is worth $70 million and will create more than 180 jobs based in both NSW and Victoria throughout the 12-month construction phase. None of the jobs are advertised yet.

“If modified to carry significant new volumes of gas from Port Kembla south, a bidirectional EGP would virtually solve forecast gas shortages across the East Coast, bring competition to southern markets, assist in Australia’s transition to a low-carbon future, and maintain downward pressure on gas prices for customers,” Jemena managing director Frank Tudor said in a public statement.

“This project will bring jobs to parts of the country which have been hardest hit by COVID-19, while also supporting the development of gas fired generation and the transition of coal dependent communities to new fuel types.”

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