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  • 06 Apr 2020 3:57 PM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

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  • 06 Apr 2020 3:32 PM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    Register your business now for opportunites with Sun Cable's Middle Arm Battery Project. 11 Scopes of Works have been released now through ICN Gateway.

    The Middle Arm Battery project is an early works package that will later form part of the Australia-ASEAN Power Link (AAPL) project.

    Project design is scheduled to start in 3rd Qtr 2020. On-site works for establishment and land clearing in Q2 2021, with the Battery to be commissioned and online in Q2 2022.

    The project is proposed to be sited east of the existing Weddell Power Station, with an installed capacity of 50MW scalable to 500MW. The project is designed to provide active power and ancillary services to the Darwin-Katherine Integrated System.

    The project is scheduled for commissioning in 2022, with a 12 month construction period. This will require a notice to proceed in the dry season of 2021 for civil works, with potential for enabling works in late 2020.

    Register your interest now:

  • 06 Apr 2020 9:55 AM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    The Northern Territory Government has announced two significant steps in its plan for 50% renewables by 2030. 

    The rapid uptake of solar by households and businesses is already delivering cheaper, cleaner power right across the Territory.

    This increase in behind-the-meter solar and the impending connection of new large-scale solar projects to the grid means new investments and policies are required to maintain the stability of the power system.

    Both initiatives will create local jobs while delivering stable, reliable and affordable power for Territory families and businesses.

    A battery energy storage system (BESS) for the Darwin – Katherine System

    The Northern Territory Government has approved the procurement of a large scale battery for the Darwin-Katherine grid at a project cost of $30M. The BESS is expected to pay for itself in approximately five years.

    Major benefits of the BESS include:

    • Increased stability and reliability of power supply. Fluctuations caused by the increasing levels of household and business behind-the-meter solar can be managed quickly and efficiently.
    • Reduction in carbon emissions for the Territory and costs for Territory Generation. Reducing the need for gas-fired spinning reserve can deliver both cost savings of around $6.4M and emissions reductions of about 50,000 tonnes per annum.
    • Enabling more renewable energy from large scale solar projects. The potential provision of system services from the BESS to the private sector will be considered. 

    The provision of central storage technology to increase system reliability and security, and to potentially provide system services to the private sector are actions recommended by the Road Map to Renewables report commissioned by the Government. 

    Procurement will take place over the coming months with the BESS expected to become operational in the second half of 2022.

    Household and Business Battery Scheme (HBBS)

    These batteries significantly reduce costs for households and businesses by reducing the amount of power that has to be purchased from the grid.

    They also build grid stability and reduce power system costs by replacing demand for gas fired generation during evening peaks with solar energy generated during the day.  

    Lower system costs mean lower power prices.

    Batteries can also be designed to build resilience for families and businesses by maintaining power supply during unavoidable outages that can occur during cyclones and extreme weather events.

    Two new initiatives will be implemented to encourage the uptake of behind-the-meter batteries.

    Firstly, a $6000 grant will be available to households and businesses for the purchase and installation of solar PV systems with eligible batteries and inverters, or for those who already have solar, for batteries and inverters.

    The minimum size for eligible batteries is 7kWh.

    Secondly, a new standard Feed in Tariff (FiT) of 8.3 cents per kWh will be offered by Jacana Energy and will apply to all new businesses and households with behind-the-meter solar installations of up to 30kW in size.

    All businesses and households who currently receive the premium one-for-one FiT will continue to do so.

    They will only surrender the premium FiT if they upgrade the capacity of their system, move premises or take advantage of the battery subsidy.

    Households and businesses who have already submitted an application to Power Water for the installation of solar will also be eligible for the premium FiT.

    The scheme will be funded by savings from the introduction of a reduced FiT.

    An initial allocation of $800,000 will be provided for the scheme, funding grants for about 130 batteries. 

    Applications for the $6000 grants under the scheme will open Tuesday April 14.

    Batteries and inverters will no longer be eligible for grants under the new Home Improvement Scheme or the Business Improvement Grant.

    Reforms to the FiT to encourage the take-up of batteries by households and businesses was a recommendation of the Road Map to Renewables report commissioned by the Government.

    Further details on the BESS and the HBBS can be found at   

    Quotes from the Chief Minister, Michael Gunner

    “We’ve backed renewables and so have Territorians - they know renewables means lower prices.

    “Our new $6000 solar and battery grants will see even more Territorians choose the sun and lower power prices - and create more jobs.

    “Doing whatever it takes to save lives from coronavirus means throwing the kitchen sink at saving jobs and preparing the Territory for the rebound.

    “I’m backing Territorians, solar and lower prices to get it done - we have a bright future if we all stick together.”

    Quotes from Minister for Renewables, Energy & Essential Services, Dale Wakefield

    “The BESS and the new $6000 grants for home and business batteries are two huge steps forward in our plan for 50% renewables by 2030.

    “We want Territorians to have access to the latest and best technology as we build a stronger and more resilient power system for Territory households and businesses.

    “These initiatives will help lower power bills while maintaining secure and reliable power for Territorians.”

    Media Contacts:

    Gerard Richardson (Chief Minister) 0438 693 898
    Paige Nguyen (Minister Wakefield) 0428 727 244

  • 03 Apr 2020 5:47 PM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    SANTOS has no plans to defer any spend on its carbon capture and storage development in the Cooper Basin, despite cutting $550 million in capex this year, chairman Keith Spence said during the company’s virtual annual general meeting today. 

    It has entered front-end engineering and design for the project after spending $20 million drilling a couple of wells last year.  

    There are no firm figures on how much the project, designed to eventually inject 1.7 million tonnes of CO2 underground per year, might cost but chairman Keith Spence estimated today in the hundreds of millions.  

    It recently signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding with BP for CO2 cooperation, on the sidelines of a CO2CRC meeting in Canberra.  

    BP in early March signed a non-binding agreement electing to possibly spend A$20 million at Santos' CCS project contingent on a positive final investment decision.  

    Santos joined the CO2CRC at the beginning of last month, behind Woodside Petroleum, Chevron, BP, Shell and BHP, and was then hoping to sanction its CCS project before the end of the year.  

    It would see an initial 300,000 tonnes of CO2 sent back into the reservoirs natural gas was originally pulled from, which will ramp up to 1.7 million tonnes per annum at full capacity.  

    Santos estimates it can do this for A$30/t and later bring costs down further.  

    Spence said the CO2, stripped from the natural gas at its Moomba plant, and transported to the nearby fields makes it an initially low cost project.  

    ‘We'll drive it down to $20 per tonne," Spence said. For it to be viable there needs to be a price on carbon and for scale up government support the way the renewables industry has received subsidies.  

    CCS has, of course, received a lot of government support in previous decades though those projects never proved viable.  

    Source: Energy News Bulletin

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  • 03 Apr 2020 10:42 AM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    SHELL Australia told Energy News this morning it is still working to restore production at its massive Prelude FLNG project, but is unable to provide a time frame on when it expected the facility to resume at full capacity.

    A Shell spokesperson confirmed to Energy News that the facility remained shuttered this morning, but stressed the company but said it was doing what it could to bring produce back 

    "Our focus is on the safe and stable restoration of production," the spokesperson said.

    "Work continues to restore full operations on Prelude."  

    Shell took the decision to shut the vessel down in February, standing down half of its crew. 

     The facility's backup power generation had failed and there were issues with toilet facilities, among others. 

    Since it began operations last June, the Prelude has sent 15 cargoes, shipping a record three cargoes in December. At full capacity it can send four a month, but has not hit this milestone yet. 

    Energy News understands no customers are currently affected by the lack of LNG supply from Prelude. 

    Shell also made the decision to delay any final investment decision on the development of its Crux field some 30km from the Prelude which is slated as backfill for the giant U$15 billion FLNG vessel due to the oil price crash, the spokesperson said.

    Source: Energy News Bulletin

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  • 03 Apr 2020 10:31 AM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    Minister Paul Kirby's Office

    In a significant boost for the NT economy and prospects for local jobs, the Territory Labor Government has granted final approval to Core Lithium Ltd to commence development of its new lithium mine in the Top End.

    The Finniss Lithium Project is a proposed open cut lithium mine located along the Cox Peninsula Road, approximately 35km west of Berry Springs. 

    It is the first ever lithium mine to be approved outside of Western Australia, and is the first new mine of significant scale to be approved in the NT since 2013.

    The project estimates approximately two million tonnes of lithium-bearing ore will be mined over the predicted three to four year life of the mine, and will provide around 200 jobs to local Territorians.  With the mine only an hour’s drive from Darwin and 35km from Berry Springs, the entire workforce will drive to and from the site each day and no camp will be required.

    Lithium is considered a critical mineral that is strategic to the global economy, particularly for new and emerging technologies such as batteries, electric vehicles, mobile phones, high-definition screen displays, solar panels, medical equipment and military technology.

    The development of the Finniss Lithium Project has the potential to position the NT as a strategically important jurisdiction for the production, processing and manufacturing of critical minerals to the global market. 

    Access to the power station, rail and gas facilities, and one hour via sealed road to a local workforce and the Darwin Port position the project to efficiently supply key Asian lithium markets, and provide scope for further processing potential within Darwin itself.

    Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, Paul Kirby, has approved the project’s Mining Management Plan (MMP) and issued an Authorisation to Core Lithium Ltd to commence development of the project.


    Quotes from Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, Paul Kirby:

    “The Territory Labor Government knows that local jobs and economic recovery have never been more important.  The resources sector is going to play a huge role in our recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, and the milestone achieved by the Finniss Lithium Project is very good news for Territorians.

    “The first three years of this project are expected to inject over half a billion dollars into the NT economy and create around 200 jobs for Territorians within an hour of Darwin.

    “We will get through this crisis, and the Territory Labor Government is working hard to kick-start our economic recovery, including creating local jobs for Territorians.”


    Quotes from Core Lithium’s Managing Director, Stephen Biggins:

    "The Finniss Lithium Project will create more than 200 direct full-time jobs in the Northern Territory, with potential to inject more than half a billion dollars during its first three years of operation into the local economy.

    "Core Lithium would like to thank the Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, Paul Kirby and Northern Territory Government for their engagement during the MMP approval process. By working together with the Territory Government the Finniss Lithium Project opens the door for the Territory to be a key supplier of high-quality lithium for batteries to power the growing global electric vehicle market.

     “The Territory has the opportunity to play a crucial role in supporting the world's response to reducing emissions and managing climate change risk.”


    Media Contact:  Tom Ryan 0436 951 084

  • 30 Mar 2020 9:38 AM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    Office Michael Gunner Chief Minister

    The Territory Labor Government will establish a $5 million Worker & Wellbeing Fund to support local workers struggling with the economic effects of the COVID-19 crisis.  

    The impact of the COVID-19 crisis has meant difficult and uncertain times for many Territorians. 

    The Territory Labor Government is working round the clock to save lives, save jobs and reduce the economic impacts wherever possible. We have implemented strict border and quarantine rules, a Jobs, Rescue and Recovery Package, and a Small Business Survival Fund.  

    And we’re going to keep doing more to protect Territorians – whatever it takes.

    The Fund will focus on Territorians who are experiencing unemployment, reduced income or who are affected within their workplace because of the COVID-19 crisis.

    The Worker & Wellbeing Fund will help make sure Territorians doing it tough get access to the services they need, such as financial counselling, relationship counselling or general wellbeing support.

    Additionally, the Fund will assist Territorians navigate the Centrelink system or look for a new job. This can be a difficult and daunting experience, particularly right now. For many, it may be the first time they have needed to access these services.

    An advisory group chaired by Wendy Morton, former Executive Director of NTCOSS, with representation from business, community and unions has been established. This group will be tasked with providing advice on how to target the right resources to the right people, as well as identifying where there are gaps in the availability of services.

    The Worker & Wellbeing Fund’s main goals are to:

    • Help people access the range of wellbeing and other counselling or support services that are available
    • Help people navigate the welfare system and access income and any other financial support available
    • Help workers who have lost their job find new employment opportunities fast –such as guiding people to job matching services like the Territory Jobs Hub
    • Assisting Territorians who require access to accommodation and other essentials

    This funding is to meet new and emerging gaps and will be available for people who were not already receiving Centrelink benefits such as Newstart or Youth Allowance prior to the COVID-19 economic downturn. It will also be complementary to any initiatives announced by the Australian Government.

    Details about the operation of the fund will be made available on 3 April 2020.

    Quotes from Chief Minister Michael Gunner: 

    “This is a once-in-a-century crisis that’s hurting a lot of Territorians in different ways.

    “I want to do everything possible to assist Territorians – whether it’s supporting small businesses, helping people look for new jobs, or providing easy access to support services for people who are being put through the ringer.

    “We like to say we’re ‘Territory Tough’ up here. But there’s nothing wrong with getting help when you need it. A lot of people are in the same boat and the Worker & Wellbeing Fund will assist people to access the support they need. 

    “We’re all in this together, we’ve all got to look out for each other.

    “We will continue to work for Territorians and get us all through this difficult time. If we stick together, we’ll come out the other side stronger.”

    Quotes from Minister for Territory Families, Dale Wakefield:

    “We want Territorians to feel supported during this time. This program will provide information about where to go for help, assistance to access the relevant support and provide additional resources for individuals and for wellbeing services such as counselling.

    “Asking for help, or a listening ear is important during this unprecedented time. Whether you’re a worker, self-employed or a visa holder - this package is for anyone who is living in the Territory and has been affected by COVID-19.

    “We are bringing together the best advice the union movement, business and community sector can offer to guide government on how to help people address their own unique circumstances.”



  • 27 Mar 2020 9:51 AM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    OPERATOR Origin Energy and its Irish joint venture partner Falcon Oil & Gas have hit the brakes on development of the highly anticipated Beetaloo Sub-basin shale Kyalla project in the Northern Territory due to concerns over an outbreak of coronavirus.

    Overnight, Falcon (30%) told shareholders that all work on the Kyalla 117 N2-1H ST2 well had ceased and workers at the field had been reduced to a skeleton crew. 

    The Kyalla well successfully reached a total depth of 3809 metres, including a 1579 lateral section, just last month. 

    Water bore installation and preparation for a fraccing program was well underway. 

    The Northern Territory is currently under remote community lockdowns as coronavirus cases swelled from eight to 12. 

    The government introduced new emergency powers restricting access to remote communities which came into effect last night to prevent an outbreak of COVID-19 in far-to-reach regional areas.

    In light of these new restrictions Origin and Falcon's employees and contractors are not able to travel to and from the Kyalla site. 

    The venture hopes the delay will only be for a few months and plan to resume work on the well in the "latter half" of this year. 

    The company said it would seek Northern Territorian workers to undertake minor civil and preparatory work throughout the interim period. 

    Citing the unprecedented circumstances, Falcon CEO Philip O'Quigley said the company would act quickly to protect local communities. 

    "While the joint venture is committed to the Beetaloo project and results to date are encouraging, the focus at this time must be on the health and safety of people," O'Quigley said. 

    Kyalla has been labelled an exciting ‘well to watch' for many analysts up until this point. 

    The targeted Middle Velkerri B Shale Pool holds an estimated 2C gas resource of 6.6 trillion cubic feet. 

    According to consultancy EnergyQuest the Velkerri and Kyalla formations are analogous to the Marcellus shale of the US, one of the most productive, low cost, shales in North America. 

    Initial evaluation of the vertical section found three source rock reservoir sections identified within the Kyalla Shale Formation, with a thickness measuring almost 900m.

    The three sections are known as the Lower, Middle and Upper Kyalla reservoirs. Gross thickness of each interval is between 75m-125m.

    When drilling, Origin noted that all three sections exhibited "elevated gas shows with relatively high C3, C4, and C5".

    The big-budget Kyalla 117 N2 is the first of two wells the joint venture will drill targeting the Kyalla shale liquids gas play in exploration permits EP117, EP76, and EP98.

    Source: Energy News Bulletin

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  • 27 Mar 2020 9:45 AM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    THE Chief Minister has launched a furious attack on anti-fracking campaigners for ‘spreading lies’ about FIFO workers and clogging government phone lines in the middle of the coronavirus crisis.

    THE Chief Minister has launched a furious attack on anti-fracking campaigners for “spreading lies” about FIFO workers and clogging up government phone lines in the middle of the coronavirus crisis.

    East-coast activist group GetUp! started a campaign this week claiming companies like Origin Energy were flouting quarantine measures in the NT and putting the lives of remote community residents at risk.

    The campaign claimed fracking has been deemed “essential” in the Territory but the NT Government said this is not true.

    Instead, a spokesman from Origin said they had temporarily paused fracking activities at Beetaloo Basin due to the pandemic and scaled back to only having 45 employees on site.

    But a spokesman from GetUp! said its concerns about FIFO workers were legitimate.

    “Northern Lands Council and Central Lands Council have stated that they are being approached by remote communities concerned about FIFO workers on their community,” he said.

    “They’ve seen these workers coming in and out of their shops.”

    The Chief Minister said it made him “sick” that GetUp! was trying to “exploit people’s fear in the middle of a national crisis” for political purposes.

    “To deliberately lie and scare remote communities like this is despicable and unforgivable,” he said.

    “I’ve got people working round the clock to help people who have been left on the scrapheap.

    “I don’t need them distracted by these bullshit scare campaigns run by a bunch of Twitter trolls.

    “Our phone lines are running off the hook with people worried about their business or their job.

    “We’ve got people who don’t know where their next meal is coming from.

    “And because of bloody GetUp, our phone lines are clogged up with something that is based on a lie.

    “They sit in their fancy office in Sydney and come up with this crap, and they have no idea about the damage they are doing to people over here.

    “My message is simple: Piss off. Stop diverting our resources away from saving lives to stopping your lies.”

    Source: NT News - Read more here

  • 27 Mar 2020 9:42 AM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    Office Chief Minister Michael Gunner

    The Territory Labor Government’s $50 million Small Business Survival Fund will help local Territory businesses survive the unprecedented economic impacts of COVID-19.

    Coronavirus is hitting Territorians hard and this government is doing everything it can to soften the blow.

    This fund is specifically targeted at supporting industries such as retail, hospitality, tourism, and entertainment businesses, including beauty parlours and gyms, who are bearing the brunt of this national crisis. 

    More than 1000 Territory businesses will be supported through this fund who employed around 10,000 Territorians prior to the restrictions.

    The fund will provide payments based on business size and full time equivalent (FTE) employee numbers.

    From today, eligible businesses will be able to apply for two payments:

    • An Immediate Survival Payment of between $2000 and $50,000 to help offset the immediate costs pressures on businesses
    • A Rapid Adaption Payment of between $1000 and $5000 to assist businesses make the necessary changes it chooses to help adapt to the new operating environment 

    Immediate Survival Payment

    An initial lump sum payment directed to businesses to help offset immediate cost pressures and provide time to plan.

    • $2000 for business with 1 FTE/sole traders
    • $5000 for businesses with 2 to 5 FTE employees
    • $20,000 for businesses with 6 to 19 FTE employees
    • $50,000 for businesses with more than 20 FTE employees

    Business will provide a certified financial/payroll statement identifying number of employees pre-shutdown.

    Assessment of eligibility criteria includes demonstrating the impact of the restrictions on the business, including reduction in turnover, impact of fixed costs and employment reduction. 

    Rapid Adaption Payment

    • A payment of up to $1000 for sole traders and up to $5000 for other eligible businesses to offset costs incurred in adapting current business model to suit restrictions.
    • Application based, paid direct to business.
    • Paid on provision of appropriate invoice. Buy local provisions will be highlighted to businesses.
    • Expenditure to occur post announcement and applications close 1 May 2020.
    • After this time businesses have full access to Improvement and Immediate Works grants under the Jobs Rescue and Recovery package.

    This is the first stage of the Small Business Survival Fund. The Business Advisory Group is continuing to meet and will provide advice for the next stage of the package.

    Businesses can complete an application form on from 5pm today and will be assessed using the following criteria; that they:

    • are a legal entity and hold a valid Australian Business Number (ABN) as at 23 March 2020, and
    • are operating in the Northern Territory, and
    • is a Territory Enterprise, and
    • have a significant permanent presence in the Northern Territory, and
    • employ Northern Territory residents (sole traders are included), and
    • usually operate in one of the industry sectors affected by the social gathering restrictions announced on 22 March 2020 and 24 March 2020, and
    • have been directly financially affected by the social gathering restrictions. 

    The Department will also actively reach out to directly affected businesses to discuss their suitability for support from this Fund, as well as the other support that is now available from both the Territory Government and the Federal Government.

    The Small Business Survival Fund is in addition to the Jobs Rescue and Recovery Package and the Tourism Resilience Package announced previously.

    The Territory Government is investing nearly $120 million so far in response to the coronavirus. And we will continue to scale up to save jobs. 

    Quotes from Chief Minister, Michael Gunner

    “My only focus right now is saving lives and saving jobs. I’ll do whatever it takes to protect Territorians.

    “The Territory Government is investing nearly $120 million so far in response to the deep economic impacts of the coronavirus crisis. And we will continue to scale up to save jobs.

    “When you spend a dollar in the Territory, you save a Territory job – and in times like these we need our community to band together to keep our small, local businesses open, and as many locals as possible working.”

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