Energy infrastructure company Jemena has received a national Significant Investment Award for its $800 million Northern Gas Pipeline project.
The winners of the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment’s Investment Awards and the 57th Australian Export Awards were announced in Canberra this week (December 3).
While Jemena won the Significant Investment Award, MULPHA Australia won the Regional Investment Award for the redevelopment and relaunch of Hayman Island in the Whitsunday region after it was devastated by several cyclones.
Jemena managing director Frank Tudor said the award recognised Jemena’s investment in jobs and communities through construction of the 622km NGP, from Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory to Mount Isa in Queensland.
During its planning, construction, and commissioning phases the NGP created more than 1200 jobs, of which 833 were secured by people from the communities surrounding the pipeline route.
“We thank Minister (Simon) Birmingham for supporting Australian investment and by receiving this award, I acknowledge the people of the Territory and Queensland’s Mount Isa region who welcomed us into their communities. We could not have achieved construction of the NGP without them and we have developed a number of relationships with the community as a result.”
Mr Tudor reiterated Jemena’s commitment to expand and extend the NGP to deliver more gas to the east coast, creating an estimated 4000 jobs.
Queensland-based global design firm Populous was named 2019 Australian Exporter of the Year.
Populous is one of the largest architectural firms in the world and generates around 80 per cent of its income from overseas work.
Populous also won the Professional Services Award, at the national export awards.