The South Australian civil construction industry has backed a call from the State Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis for the construction of a pipeline that would take gas from Northern Territory gas fields to the Eastern states through South Australia’s outback.
The construction and maintenance of the North Eastern Gas Interconnector (NEGI) – if routed through South Australia (SA) rather than direct into Queensland – would potentially deliver substantial economic benefits to SA, the Civil Contractors Federation (SA branch) said.
“The existence of the gas pipeline would stimulate the gas industry in SA. The net result would mean more jobs and economic activity,” said Civil Contractors Federation (SA branch) Chief Executive Phil Sutherland.
“Our industry is ready willing and available to build the infrastructure necessary to support the construction of the pipeline.
“This includes the corridor for the pipeline and the roads to provide the necessary access.
“South Australia is not seeing the private investment in infrastructure we have in years gone by. The construction of a billion dollar gas pipeline through private investment would be a game changer.”
Mr Sutherland said Treasurer Koutsantonis should be commended for getting behind the private sector and supporting the development so robustly.
“If the project came to fruition it would mean jobs for South Australians – including for people living in the bush – and also stimulate the state and regional economy more broadly,” he said.
“A pipeline of the scale we are talking about has the capacity to change the local regional economy.
“The road network necessary to support the development would also open up that part of the bush for tourism and the movement of freight.
“Our message to the Treasurer is the civil construction industry is right behind you and prepared to assist in any way it can.”