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Below are the current opportunities in the Northern Territory's' Energy Industry - From here you will be linked directly through to the ICN gateway.

Decommissioning of the Northern Endeavour FPSO vessel - Phase 1

Petrofac Facilities Management Limited was awarded the the Northern Endeavour decommissioning project, Phase 1, by the Commonwealth on 30th March 2022.

The FPSO is permanently moored in 380m of water in the Timor Sea, approximately 550km WNW from Darwin, Australia and 250km ESE from Kupang, West Timor.  The FPSO is in block AC/L5 within the Australian Commonwealths Territory of the Ashmore and Cartier Islands. 

The Field is in a water depth range between 356m to Laminaria to 410m at Corallina. This requires the use of driverless tie-in and intervention techniques for maintenance, inspection, field development and decommissioning.

The now redundant production system comprises a network of subsea wells tied back to the permanently moored vessel unit through a system of subsea manifolds, flowlines, umbilicals, and dynamic risers. Produced oil was stored onboard the vessel and unloaded via offtake tankers using a tandem mooring system.

The FPSO is shut in with no further production being undertaken. The Facility is depressurised and all wells are shut in with Subsurface Safety Valves (SSSVs) closed.


US Bulk Fuel Storage Facility

Saunders International Ltd was awarded the contract for the design and construction of eleven jet fuel tanks for Crowley Solutions’ U.S. Defence fuels facility in Darwin. In addition to this design and construction works Saunders will provide the “EPCM” management services and construction expertise to develop the balance of plant works packages for the project.

The project has been awarded by the U.S. Defence Logistics Agency-Energy to Crowley, a global solutions provider based in the U.S., for the provision of fuel management and storage services for Pacific military operations.

The new fuel storage facility will be built at East Arm at the Land Development Corporation's future bulk liquids area site in Darwin. The project is forecast to be completed over the next two years and will support the U.S. Defence operations in the Indo Pacific region.

With a capacity of 300 million litres of ship aviation grade JP-5 turbine fuel and commercial grade Jet A-1 fuel, the facility will be the largest fuel storage project in the Northern Territory once built.

The project is expected to create 400 construction jobs and 20 ongoing roles.

Crowley Solutions shall operate and maintain the facility on behalf of U.S. Defence Operations.

Santos - Bayu-Undan Carbon Capture and Storage

The Bayu-Undan Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Project targets the capture of up to 10 Mtpa of CO2 at a Darwin hub – initially from the Darwin LNG facility (DLNG), with potential future expansion to proximal 3rd party. Captured CO2 will be transported to, and stored in, the offshore Bayu-Undan reservoir (in Timor Leste waters).

The Project will require additions and modifications to the DLNG facility, which is proposed as the foundation for a CO2 processing hub, as well as the repurposing of the Bayu-Undan to Darwin Gas Export Pipeline (GEP), the offshore processing facility and the facility wells for reinjection of the processed CO2.

Santos says Bayu-Undan CCS project enters FEED phase

Tamboran Resources - Northern Territory Operations

Tamboran Resources Limited is a public natural gas company with a vision of supporting the net zero CO2 energy transition in Australia and Asia-Pacific through developing low CO2 unconventional gas resources in the Northern Territory (NT) of Australia.

Tamboran Resources Limited via its wholly owned subsidiary, Sweetpea Petroleum Pty Ltd, owns and operates petroleum exploration permits, EP136 and EP143 within the Beetaloo Sub-basin in NT. EP(A)197 is still under application. Tamboran Resources Limited also has 25% interest in EP161, which is operated by Santos Ltd.

Tamboran is now commencing early exploration works with the intention to commercialise the gas resources within its acreage in the Beetaloo Sub-basin.

Santos Northern Territory Operations

Australian-owned natural gas company Santos is operator of three exploration permits - EP 161, 162 and 189 - in the Northern Territory’s McArthur Basin and Beetaloo Sub-basin, east and north-east of Daly Waters. Early-stage exploration activity in EP 161 in 2014, 2016 and 2020 indicated a vast gas resource with the potential to stimulate the development of new local industry as well as help meet east coast and international demand for clean energy. 

Santos’ exploration program for 2021 is focused on EP 161, where commencing 2Q the company is aiming to undertake drilling and hydraulic fracturing of two horizontal wells. Santos is also planning two horizontal wells in the South Nicholson for 2022, an analogous play to the McArthur-Betaloo.

Australia-Asia PowerLink 

Sun Cable is proposing to build a renewable energy transmission system called the Australia-Asia PowerLink (AAPowerLink); one of the world’s largest solar farm and battery systems, to be located in the Barkly Region of the Northern Territory, with a 5,000 km transmission system to supply Darwin and Singapore with reliable, competitively priced, dispatchable, high volume renewable electricity. 

The AAPowerLink will integrate three technologies:

●       The world’s largest solar farm

●       The world’s largest battery

●       A 5,000 km high voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission system both        onshore and offshore

Renewable electricity will be generated by a 17-23 GWp solar farm and 36-42 GWh battery energy storage located near Elliott, NT. The electricity generated at the Solar and Storage facility will be transmitted through 800km of high voltage direct current overhead transmission lines to greater Darwin, then via a 4,200km undersea (HVDC) transmission network to Singapore.

The project is currently in the development phase, undertaking detailed design, planning and strategy work that will lead to financial close in Q4, 2023.

Construction is scheduled to begin in 2024, with electricity provided to the NT in 2026 and Singapore in 2027.

Santos Barossa Offshore Project

Barossa is an offshore gas and light condensate project being progressed by the Barossa Joint Venture comprising Santos Offshore Pty Ltd (Santos) as Operator and SK E&S Australia Pty Ltd. A Final Investment Decision to go-ahead with the Project has now been made.

The project will provide a new source of gas to the existing Darwin LNG facility, subject to suitable commercial arrangements being put in place. It will backfill the facility once the existing offshore gas supply from the Bayu-Undan offshore field has been exhausted.

Associated Opportunities:

Barossa FPSO Services (BW Offshore) 

Barossa Gas Export Pipeline EPCI (Allseas) 

Barossa Project - Transportation and Installation of Subsea Umbilicals Risers and Flowlines (SURF)   

Darwin LNG Life Extension Project 

Darwin LNG plant (DLNG) is a single train liquefaction and storage facility located at Wickham Point on Darwin Harbour, Northern Territory, Australia. DLNG is currently receiving gas from the Bayu-Undan field in the Timor Sea and converts it into LNG. DLNG was commissioned in 2006 and has a design life to 2027. Bayu-Undan produced its first gas in 2004 and is now approaching end of field life.

Barossa is an offshore gas and light condensate project 300 kilometres north of Darwin and will provide a new source of gas to the DLNG facility once supply from Bayu-Undan has been exhausted. 

The DLNG Life Extension Project (the Project) seeks to utilise the shutdown window created by Bayu-Undan end of life to prepare the DLNG facility for backfill from the Barossa field, by undertaking several brownfield work packages.

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