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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.

Empire Energy - Imperial Carpentaria Pilot Project

Empire Energy Group Limited (Empire) is an Australian Oil & Gas company listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX:EEG). Empire, with its wholly owned subsidiaries, Imperial Oil & Gas Pty Ltd (Imperial) and Imperial Oil & Gas A Pty Ltd (Imperial A), own and operate exploration permits across the McArthur Basin and the Beetaloo Sub-basin (Beetaloo).

Imperial has carried out two seismic programs and drilled four wells in the Beetaloo, including Carpentaria-3H, the longest horizontal section of any well onshore Australia. Following encouraging flow testing results, Imperial is now proposing to move into the appraisal stage of its petroleum exploration through the Carpentaria Pilot Project.

ENI Verus Project

Eni Australia Limited (Eni) proposes to develop the Verus gas field within the Bonaparte Basin, in retention lease NT/RL7 approximately 330 km north-west of Darwin in Australian waters in the Timor Sea.

Eni's planned development consists of a floating production, storage and offloading facility (FPSO) moored at the Verus gas field location. The FPSO would process gas produced from the Verus gas reservoir through 12 production wells from a subsea production system. Gas would flow from the wells to the FPSO through infield flowlines.

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

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.

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 

SunCable 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)

CM-409-03 Towing of FPSO from Singapore to Australia

CM-409-04 ROV Vessel for FPSO Hook-up

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.

Ichthys Operations

Ichthys LNG is ranked among the most significant oil and gas projects in the world. The energy development is a joint venture between INPEX group companies (the Operator), major partner TotalEnergies, and the Australian subsidiaries of CPC Corporation Taiwan, Tokyo Gas, Osaka Gas, Kansai Electric Power, JERA and Toho Gas.

A Final Investment Decision for Ichthys LNG was reached in 2012 and production commenced in July 2018.

Ichthys LNG is expected to produce up to 9.3 million tonnes of LNG and 1.65 million tonnes of LPG per annum, along with more than 100,000 barrels of condensate per day at peak.

It is one of the few energy projects worldwide to incorporate the whole chain of development and production: subsea, offshore, pipeline and onshore.

Gas and condensate from the Ichthys Field will be exported to onshore facilities for processing near Darwin via an 890-kilometre pipeline. Most condensate is directly shipped to global markets from a floating production, storage and offloading facility permanently moored near the Ichthys Field in the Browse Basin.

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