THE Northern Territory Government last week proposed a dual fuelling option to Gove Alumina operators after original plans were found to pose too great a risk against the state’s economic wellbeing.

As part of negotiations with Pacific Aluminium, the government has submitted a plan to dual fuel the Gove refinery using a combination of heavy fuel oil and natural gas for 15 years, purchased from the state at 13PJ per year.

The counteroffer comes after a due diligence analysis found the original intention of receiving 25PJ of gas per year for 12 years would risk a $3.2bn gas pricing risk, as well as potential energy shortages across the territory.

Chief minister Adam Giles said the new proposal struck a balance between meeting the needs of a single company against the interests of the Northern Territory as a whole.

“We understand the importance of the refinery to the local community and the Territory economy and we are confident the new deal is a better, longer-term solution,” Mr Giles said.

The Federal Coalition has also promised to underwrite financing for the proposed gas pipeline to Gove, should it win the next election.

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