A vital link that will bring new gas to Australia’s east coast gas market was completed today and will begin commercial operations in less than a month.

APGA Chief Executive Officer Steve Davies said pipeline owner and operator Jemena had provided local businesses with many opportunities during construction of the 622km Northern Gas Pipeline between Mount Isa and Tennant Creek.

“Now towns, businesses and resource projects along the pipeline will also have an opportunity to benefit from the new gas brought to the area,” Mr Davies said.

“Importantly, the tight conditions in the east coast gas markets may be somewhat eased because of this injection of supply.

“With the NGP, Jemena has assisted Australia’s homes and businesses to have the gas they need.

”The delivery of this energy to the east coast is important. Most people don’t realise that gas provides more usable energy than electricity. If we don’t have gas, we have a problem.

“The most recent statistics show that in 2016-17, natural gas provided 911 petajoules of energy compared to electricity’s 820 petajoules.