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The Northern Territory’s $34 billion investment injection, through the Ichthys Project, has begun, with construction starting late last week.
The project will create more than 4,000 jobs and, according to chief minister Henderson, marks a period
“Today marks the start of a period of high-skill high-wage job growth for the Territory and a new era that will bring business and training opportunities never before seen in the Territory,” Mr Henderson said.
“The benefits from this massive LNG project are already starting to flow with more than half a billion dollars in contracts awarded to locally based companies,” he said.
It is the biggest investment by a Japanese company outside of Japan, and is the second biggest investment in a single project in Australia’s history.
Road works of $14 million, a Howard Springs Accommodation Village of $260 million, and $93 million worth of temporary facilities in Blaydin Point have either been planned or are underway.
“The project will help establish Darwin as the gas capital of northern Australia - we offer investors unique opportunities including our Marine Supply Base, proximity to Asia, deep sea port, our skilled and flexible workforce and capital city facilities,” Mr Henderson said.