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  • 22 Dec 2023 11:12 AM | Stephanie Berlin (Administrator)
    • New Zealand Oil & Gas signs a Gas Supply Agreement with Incitec Pivot Fertilisers for 0.67 Petajoules (PJ) of gas to be supplied in calendar year 2024.

    New Zealand Oil & Gas Limited (ASX:NZO, NZX:NZO) is pleased to announce that it has executed a Gas Supply Agreement (GSA) with Incitec Pivot Fertilisers Limited. The GSA is for firm gas supply with take-or-pay provisions and the price reflects current market conditions. The GSA is conditional on transportation agreements.

    The gas will be aggregated with gas from other Palm Valley joint venturers, Central Petroleum and Cue Energy Resources, to supply a total of 1.74 PJ.

    Chief Executive Andrew Jefferies said “It is great to be supplying Incitec Pivot, supporting Australian enterprise with this most Australian energy. Gas is a three letter word for transition.”

    The Central Petroleum release is attached.

    New Zealand Oil & Gas has a 35% participating interest, Cue Energy Resources has a 15% participating interest (New Zealand Oil & Gas owns 50.04% of Cue), and Central Petroleum (Operator) holds a 50% participating interest in the Palm Valley license.

    To view the full announcement, click here.

    Source: New Zealand Oil & Gas

  • 22 Dec 2023 10:46 AM | Stephanie Berlin (Administrator)


    • Central Petroleum Limited (“Central”) has signed a gas supply agreement (“GSA”) with Incitec Pivot Fertilisers Limited (“Incitec”) for 0.87 Petajoules (“PJ”) of gas (net to Central) to be supplied to Incitec in 2024.

    • Central’s gas will be aggregated with existing Palm Valley gas supply owned by NZOG Palm Valley Pty Limited (“NZOG”) and Cue Palm Valley Pty Ltd (“Cue”) (collectively the “Palm Valley JV”), to supply a total of 1.74 PJ to Incitec in 2024.

    • The GSA is for firm gas supply, with take-or-pay provisions and a fixed price.

    New Gas Supply Agreement

    Central today announces that it has signed a GSA with Incitec for the supply of 0.87 PJ of gas in 2024. The GSA is for firm gas supply ex-field (Palm Valley or Mereenie), with take-or-pay provisions and a fixed price.

    Gas supplied under the GSA will be aggregated with existing Palm Valley gas supply from NZOG and Cue to deliver up to 1.74 PJ of gas to Incitec in 2024.

    Consistent with our broader marketing activities, the ex-field pricing under the GSA reflects current market conditions.

    Central expects to bring further gas to market, having increased its production capacity through the commissioning of the Palm Valley 12 well in November 2022 and recent well recompletions at Mereenie.

    Leon Devaney, Central’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer commented, “We are delighted to extend our relationship with Incitec and continue our supply of gas to eastern Australian markets at this time of market uncertainty and supply shortages.” 

    Click here to view the full ASX announcement and media release 

    Source: Central Petroleum

  • 20 Dec 2023 5:48 PM | Stephanie Berlin (Administrator)

    This afternoon the Territory Labor Caucus met, unanimously deciding that the Member for Drysdale Eva Lawler will be Chief Minister of the Northern Territory and the Member for Gwoja Chanston Paech will be Deputy Chief Minister.

    Tomorrow the Member for Drysdale and the Member for Gwoja will be sworn into their positions.

    Today, we also announcing that current Deputy Chief Minister Nicole Manison has decided to move to the backbench. We thank Nicole for her hard work over the last seven years in Cabinet, and the work that she has put into growing the Territory’s jobs and economy, Nicole will continue to serve her constituents as the Member for Wanguri.  

    The Territory Labor Government is completely focused on creating jobs, tackling cost of living pressures and making the Territory safer. Those are our priorities because those are Territorians priorities.

    Source: Northern Territory Government Newsroom

  • 18 Dec 2023 2:01 PM | Stephanie Berlin (Administrator)

    The Barossa Development Drilling and Completions Environment Plan (EP) was accepted by the regulator, the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) on Friday 15 December 2023.

    Following the setting aside of NOPSEMA’s March 2022 approval of the EP in September 2022, Santos has conducted further extensive consultation with Tiwi Island people and other relevant persons consistent with the applicable regulations, NOPSEMA’s guidelines, and guidance provided by the decision of the Full Federal Court in the Tipakalippa proceedings.

    Santos is proceeding with applications for all remaining approvals for the Barossa Gas Project.

    More information on the Barossa Gas Project can be found here.

    To view the full ASX announcement, click here.


  • 18 Dec 2023 10:26 AM | Anonymous


    • Tamboran Resources (Tamboran) have entered into three formal and binding agreements with APA Group (ASX: APA) to support the development of the Company’s Beetaloo Basin assets, including:
      • an Early Development Agreement relating to the development of the ~35-kilometre Sturt Plateau Pipeline (SPP) that is planned to connect the proposed 40 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) Sturt Plateau Compression Facility (SPCF) to the Amadeus Gas Pipeline (AGP) and, subject to achieving project milestones and executing further agreements, is targeting an online date as early as H2 2025;
      • an Early Development Agreement for development of a Beetaloo Basin to East Coast gas pipeline that aims to deliver material volumes (circa 500 MMcf/d or more) into Australia’s East Coast gas market and, subject to achieving project milestones and executing further agreements, is targeting an online date as early as 2028; and
      • a Partnering Agreement under which Tamboran agrees to work exclusively with APA Group and, subject to conditions being met, provides an option for Tamboran to acquire up to 15 per cent of any Beetaloo pipeline projects in the lead up to Final Investment Decision (FID) (excluding the SPP).
    • Since the execution of the Letter Agreement in June 2023, APA has made good progress on the Beetaloo Basin pipeline projects.
    • Under the Early Development Agreements, APA has agreed a process to continue development of the proposed pipelines with early works expenditure of up to A$10 million on the basis that Tamboran continues to progress and achieve agreed milestones in relation to the proposed Shenandoah South Pilot Project.
    • The parties will commence negotiations on a binding Gas Transportation Agreement (GTA) targeting execution in H1 2024 subject to Tamboran achieving certain project milestones.

    Source: Tamboran Resources 

  • 14 Dec 2023 12:17 PM | Anonymous

    The largest water storage infrastructure project in Northern Australia has taken another significant step forward.

    A $6 million contract has been awarded to SMEC Australia to deliver the final concept design for the Adelaide River Off-Stream Water Storage (AROWS) project.

    SMEC Australia have been delivering projects in the Territory for more than 4 decades. The company brings strong experience, capability and highly specialised skills to deliver this critical component of the AROWS project.

    SMEC Australia Area Manager, Jocelyn Ellero said, “AROWS will become an iconic project in the NT, I am not only looking forward to delivering a project of such high technical calibre but the impact we will have on the community and future growth of Greater Darwin.”

    AROWS is part of the Darwin Region Water Supply Program, which includes Manton Dam Return to Service: stage 1 of the program has received over $300 million in investment from the Australian Government.

    AROWS will secure Greater Darwin’s long-term water supply and will be a critical enabler for agricultural and industrial growth, including the proposed Lambells Lagoon Agribusiness precinct and the Middle Arm Sustainable Development precinct.

    The innovative and sustainable large scale water storage project takes full advantage of the natural features of its location to capture and store water. As such, there will be no dam infrastructure built across the river as you would typically see in in-stream dams, minimising environmental impact.

    The design is expected to take approximately 12 to 18 months to complete, with construction expected to start in 2026, subject to regulatory approvals and an investment decision.

    Source: Department of Tourism, Industry & Trade

  • 14 Dec 2023 12:15 PM | Anonymous

    From March 2024 Airnorth will commence a 3 weekly service between Alice Springs and Perth and return, providing more choice and connectivity for Territorians.

    This is another positive result of the Territory Aviation Attraction Scheme, and was achieved in partnership with the Airport Development Group.

    Flights will commence on 25 March 2024 and will operate on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

    This is the first time since June 2022 that Alice Springs will be connected with a non-stop air service to Perth - previously operated by Qantas.

    The flights will also provide Alice Springs residents convenient one-stop operations to a range of international cities including London, Rome and Paris.

    The route will open access to the Perth source market, and to international visitors using Perth as a hub. This will support the important visitor economy in Alice Springs.

    This comes off the back of several recent aviation announcements for Central Australia including, Bonza Airlines new route between Melbourne and Alice Springs and Virgin Australia’s new routes from Melbourne and Brisbane to Yulara.

    Source: Department of Tourism, Industry & Trade

  • 13 Dec 2023 12:05 PM | Anonymous

    Today, the Territory Labor Government has released the 2023 NT Infrastructure Plan and Pipeline and Infrastructure Audit – a document which lays out how more jobs and projects will be created. 

    The Plan and Pipeline identifies projects, programs and proposals across the Territory’s regions that will address challenges and capture opportunities to enable economic growth and improve quality of life for all Territorians.  

    Informed significantly by the findings of the Infrastructure Audit 2023, the Plan and Pipeline provides a strong evidence base to guide future decision making on infrastructure investment, maximising the Territory’s potential. 

    At $4.07 billion, the Northern Territory’s 2023-24 infrastructure program represents a record level of government investment in the Northern Territory.

    Key enabling projects of priority include: 

    • Middle Arm Sustainable Development Precinct common user infrastructure
    • Darwin Region Water Supply Program, including Manton Dam return to service and Adelaide River Off-stream Water Storage
    • housing and land release
    • strategic road corridors including Central Arnhem Road and Tanami Road
    • creating a network of regional logistics hubs and intermodal facilities
    • infrastructure in Central Australia to support local, national and international tourism
    • investing in the Darwin Ship Lift and marine infrastructure.

    This strategic plan underpins future economic growth, sustainable job creation, and increased productivity. To view the plan visit

    Quotes attributable to Minister for Territory Development, Eva Lawler:

    “The Northern Territory is on the cusp of an economic boom facilitated through infrastructure, with $36 billion worth of projects in the pipeline as final investment is secured.

    “A diverse range of stakeholders were consulted to formulate the plan and pipeline, including all levels of government, land councils, private sector, not for profit organisations, industry representative bodies, peak bodies and the community.

    “The Infrastructure Plan and Pipeline does not automatically mean building more and building bigger infrastructure. We have also assessed the infrastructure we have, see how it meets or does not meet the needs of the community and how it can be improved or repurposed.

    Source: Northern Territory Government

  • 12 Dec 2023 12:10 PM | Anonymous

    The Territory Labor Government is focused on protecting our environment as we develop real solutions for the Territory and our nation to reach net-zero emissions.

    The Middle Arm Sustainable Development Precinct has achieved another key milestone as part of the strategic environmental assessment process.

    The final Terms of Reference for Middle Arm’s strategic environmental assessment have been approved by the Federal Minister for Environment and Water, the Hon Tanya Plibersek MP.

    The strategic environmental assessment’s Terms of Reference for Middle Arm specify what must be included in the Environmental Impact Study to ensure possible impacts of the development are correctly measured and assessed.

    Here in the Territory, we have the most rigorous environmental protections in the southern hemisphere, because we know conserving our environmental values is critical.

    The draft Terms of Reference were publicly available for community input last year, in which 30 submissions were received. The Commonwealth Government considered all submissions in detail received through both the NT and Commonwealth processes.

    The strategic environmental assessment of the Middle Arm Sustainable Development Precinct is an important commitment between the Australian and Northern Territory Governments to deliver conservation outcomes and support appropriate development for the Middle Arm precinct over the next 50 years.

    Quote attributable to Minister for Territory Development, Eva Lawler:

    “Our Territory Labor Government is focused on protecting the environment, creating green energy, boosting job numbers and growing our economy, all of which will be facilitated through the Middle Arm Sustainable Development Precinct.

    “The Terms of Reference for the strategic environmental assessment have been formulation through consultation between environmental experts, community members and government bodies to ensure no stone goes unturned throughout the environmental assessment process.

    “This precinct is an economic enabler which leverages the Territory’s significant abundance of natural resources and critical minerals which are key in the fight against climate change.”

    Source: Northern Territory Government

  • 10 Dec 2023 11:43 AM | Stephanie Berlin (Administrator)

    Registrations are now open for the NT Geological Survey’s Annual Geoscience Exploration Seminar (AGES) 2024

    Alice Springs Convention Centre - 16-17 April 2024

    With high-levels of exploration and a strong pipeline of resources projects in the Territory, AGES 2024 will bring together industry, Government and researchers to discuss the latest insights into the Territory’s rich minerals and energy potential.

    AGES is a technical exploration-focussed conference featuring presentations from the NT Geological Survey, its partners and exploration industry on new geoscience and latest exploration results from across the NT. 

    The event provides a unique opportunity to access the latest in fresh exploration ideas and geoscientific data from the Territory, and to network with colleagues who share an interest in the discovery and development of the Territory's minerals and energy resources. 

    AGES 2023 was attended by over 300 delegates, representing more than 73 exploration companies as well as service providers and Government and Indigenous organisations.

    Conference Highlights

    AGES 2024 will include major new releases of data and interpretations from the NTGS and its collaborative partners, as well as presentations from the exploration industry on latest exploration highlights in the Territory.

    • Latest results from the Territory Government’s expanded $9.5 million Resourcing the Territory program
    • Presentations on the Territory’s potential for critical minerals including recent new discoveries
    • Highlights in the search for sediment-hosted copper and iron-oxide copper-gold potential across the Territory
    • Updates on recent GA-NTGS seismic acquisition in the Birrindudu Basin
    • The latest on shale gas exploration and appraisal in the Beetaloo Sub-basin
    • Multiple networking events over two days including the AGES Official Dinner


    Geoscience Australia - The Northwest Northern Territory Seismic Survey - an introduction and preliminary interpretation workshop
    Monday 15 April | 1:30pm - 4:30pm

    As part of the Exploring for the Future (EFTF) program, Geoscience Australia (GA) in collaboration with the Northern Territory Geological Survey (NTGS) completed the L214 Northwest Northern Territory Seismic Survey in September 2023. The survey acquired 2D deep crustal reflection seismic data across an underexplored part of the Northern Territory, between Timber Creek and the Tanami region.

    The region contains the Proterozoic Birrindudu Basin and Tanami gold province and is highly prospective for both energy and mineral resources. This new geophysical dataset will provide a foundation for an improved understanding of the geology and resource potential of the region.

    Hosted by GA, in collaboration with the NTGS, as part of AGES 2024, this workshop will give participants the opportunity to view this new data from the Northwest Northern Territory Seismic Survey and discuss potential implications for the resource prospective of the region.

    The workshop will:

    • provide context of the seismic survey within a regional geological and resource potential framework
    • give participants the opportunity to view and discuss the new seismic data with the workshop facilitators.
    • provide an overview of new complementary geochemical, petrophysical and geomechanical datasets obtained from drill holes in the region. 

    For further information on this workshop please contact Chris Carson on or Jade Anderson on

    Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade - Mines Branch 

    Monday 15 April | 3:00pm - 5:00pm  

    The Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade (DITT) Mines Branch plays a key part in promoting and facilitating the development of the mining industry by supporting growth through consistent and sustainable practices. 

    The Mines Branch regulates mineral development activities from the first grant of tenure, to the approval and regulations of operations, through site rehabilitation to closure. 

    The Mines Branch will host a workshop to provide updates on current issues including the Mineral Development Taskforce, Environment Reforms and the review of the Mineral Titles Act. The workshop provides an opportunity for industry stakeholders and representatives from the Mines Branch to discuss current issues and areas for further improvement.  

    For further information on the Mines Branch Workshop please contact Andrew Hurwood on

    08 8999 5368 or

    Mining Services Expo

    AGES also incorporates the Mining Services Expo which showcases Territory businesses and their capabilities to support exploration and mining ventures.

    For further information on exhibiting at this event, please contact Maddison Bolton, from the Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade on 08 8951 8553 or by email


    Accommodation is Alice Springs is limited. We suggest you call Crowne Plaza on (08) 8950 7765 and request your accommodation directly, stating you are an AGES delegate

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