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  • 29 May 2017 12:02 PM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    World’s largest semi-submersible platform arrives in Australian waters The INPEX-led Ichthys LNG Project is celebrating the safe arrival of its central processing facility (CPF), the world’s largest semi-submersible platform, in the Australian waters of the Browse Basin today. 

    The massive CPF (named the Ichthys Explorer) weighing 120,000 tonnes and with topsides measuring 130 metres by 120 metres, reached her final destination, 220 kilometres off the north coast of Western Australia, where she will be located for 40 years. 

    “The safe completion of the 5,600 kilometre tow of the Ichthys Explorer from South Korea to the Ichthys Field, located 450 kilometres north of Broome, is another significant milestone for the Ichthys LNG Project,” Mr Louis Bon, Managing Director, Ichthys LNG Project stated. 

    “The successful 34 day tow is a tribute to our world-class processes and the commitment of our personnel from around the globe” Mr Bon said. 

    View the full media release here.

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  • 10 May 2017 11:18 AM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    Last Sunday 80 Petroleum Club NT members and guests hit the water for the 2017 Bluewater Classic. Darwin turned on another perfect day as dry season has finally kicked in and 6 charter boats departed Cullen Bay at 6am to get the competition underway.

    Individual winners:

    !st: John Hogins (Northern Rise) - 125cm Jew Fish

    2nd: Sally Dunn (INPEX) - 116cm Jew Fish

    Overall winning boat: NT Ports and Marine, captained by Chris Litowchak

    The presentation lunch was held at Yots Greek Taverna with plenty of prizes and encouragement awards.

    The $8,000 Tiwi Islands Adventure package was won by Tracy Ryan after sponsor James Stokes conceded the prize by unluckily drawing his own ticket.

  • 10 May 2017 10:30 AM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    Article by Ashley Manicaros

    TERRITORIANS have been left with $50 million of gas they will not use after the Power and Water Corporation was outsmarted in a supply deal.

    Central Petroleum has won a deal to supply 9.85PJ of gas over five years to the Northern Territory Pine Creek Power Station operated by Energy Development.

    Under the supply agreement, Central Petroleum has the right to supply gas from its central Australian fields of Mereenie, Dingo or Palm Valley, in a fixed-price gas contract which may increase subject to CPI.

    In a further twist, Central Petroleum on Tuesday announced a gas transportation deal to move the gas along the Amadeus pipeline after negotiating directly with APA Group, owners of the pipeline.

    The total deal, estimated at $50 million, has caught many gas analysts and Power and Water by surprise given the volume of excess gas available to the government-owned entity from Blacktip and its effective monopoly of gas transportation through both the Amadeus and Bonaparte pipelines.

    Read the full article here. Article by Ashley Manicaros, NT News

  • 10 May 2017 10:24 AM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    Monadelphous Group Limited today announced it has been awarded a major, long-term offshore maintenance services contract for INPEX Operations Australia associated with the Ichthys LNG Project.

    The contract is for an initial period of six years with a further two 2-year extension option and is located in the Browse Basin, approximately 450 kilometres from Broome, Western Australia. Monadelphous has been engaged to deliver operational, campaign and shutdown maintenance services and brownfield projects implementation associated with the Ichthys Central Processing Facility ‘Ichthys Explorer’ (CPF) and Floating Production Storage and Offloading facility ‘Ichthys Venturer’ (FPSO). 

    The Ichthys LNG Project is ranked among the most significant oil and gas projects in the world, involving some of the largest offshore facilities in the industry, including the ‘Ichthys Explorer’, the world’s largest semi-submersible central processing facility. Commenting on the new contract, Monadelphous Managing Director Rob Velletri said “We are delighted to be awarded such a significant maintenance contract by INPEX Operations Australia for the world-class Ichthys LNG Project. The contract continues to strengthen our position as a major service provider of offshore maintenance services.” “We look forward to further strengthening our relationship with INPEX Operations Australia and working together to create sustainable economic and social development opportunities for local people, businesses and communities.”

  • 05 May 2017 10:36 AM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    Origin Energy Limited (Origin) today announced it had increased to 70 per cent its share in the Beetaloo Joint Venture* after acquiring Sasol Petroleum Australia Limited’s (Sasol) 35 per cent share. 

    Origin CEO, Frank Calabria said, “Having recently announced the discovery of a material shale gas resource in the Beetaloo Basin, Origin has seized the opportunity to increase its interest in the Beetaloo Joint Venture by acquiring Sasol’s 35 per cent share.

    “Origin would like to recognise Sasol’s contribution to the Beetaloo Joint Venture to date, as it departs the Joint Venture to focus its capital investment on its African and North American footprint.

    “The Beetaloo Basin is the Northern Territory’s most prospective onshore basin for shale gas and our test results estimate the joint venture’s contingent resource at a substantial 6.6 TCF of natural gas.

    “Along with joint venture partner Falcon Oil & Gas Australia, we look forward to progressing our understanding of the play and maturing the contingent resources to reserves over time, subject to the outcome of the Northern Territory’s inquiry into hydraulic fracturing.

    “Recent events have demonstrated how crucial it is for Australia to continue to develop its abundant natural gas resources, in order to provide access to sufficient, affordable gas supply for businesses and homes across the nation.

    “As one of the largest natural gas producers on the east coast, Origin will continue to look at opportunities to invest in the safe and responsible development of natural gas resources, such as those in the Beetaloo Basin. Gas will play an important role in the transition to a secure, affordable and cleaner supply of energy for Australia,” Mr Calabria said.

    The transaction is subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions. It is not expected to impact on Origin’s short term focus on debt reduction as there are no immediate capital requirements in the Beetaloo.

    Located about 500 kilometres south-east of Darwin, the three Beetaloo Joint Venture permits cover an area of more than 18,500 km2 within the Beetaloo Basin.

    * BEETALOO JOINT VENTURE

    Origin Energy Limited (Operator) **: 70%

    Falcon Oil & Gas Australia Limited:    30%

    ** Via a wholly owned subsidiary

    www.originenergy.com.au

  • 02 May 2017 11:00 AM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    JKC Australia LNG, the EPC contractor for the Inpex-led Ichthys LNG project’s onshore facilities, awarded the first commissioning subcontract to EnerMech.

    The scope of work will include nitrogen/helium leak testing of the piping systems, cooling water system passivation and degreasing of the acid gas removal units.

    EnerMech was selected as the preferred tenderer for the multi-million dollar specialist commissioning activities package.


  • 01 May 2017 11:03 AM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    The Ichthys project was due to start LNG exports in the third quarter of 2017, but cited delays in the installation of offshore production facilities for the revised schedule.

    Production of LNG, condensate and LPG are now expected to begin by the end of March 2018 according to INPEX.

  • 26 Apr 2017 10:42 AM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    NT Resources week will be held in Darwin this year from 16-17 August.

    The current line up of speaker for the oil and gas stream of SEAOOC looks strong bringing some influential business leaders to the Territory. Check out the speaker list here: www.ntresourcesweek.com.au/seaaoc/speakers/

    PCNT is proud to be a supporting sponsor of the 2017 SEAOOC Conference.

  • 19 Apr 2017 10:55 AM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    NT backs study into multi-billion dollar Darwin LNG expansion
    Article by Angela Macdonald-Smith

    The prospect of a multi-billion dollar expansion of ConocoPhillips' Darwin LNG project has leapt back onto the table just as resentment builds on the east coast over LNG exports from Queensland driving up local gas prices.

    In a surprise announcement on Wednesday, Northern Territory's Labor government said it would put $250,000 towards a study into the feasibility of adding a second production unit at the 3.6 million tonnes a year plant.

    The $625,000 study is also backed by a range of companies holding offshore gas fields, including Santos, Origin Energy, Shell and South Korea's SK Corporation, that could in theory provide gas for the second unit.

    The expansion would create "thousands of jobs" in the NT, said Chief Minister Michael Gunner, noting that the initial project to build the first LNG "train" at Wickham Point created about 2500 jobs during construction.

    Read more: http://www.afr.com/business/energy/gas/nt-backs-study-into-multibillion-dollar-darwin-lng-expansion-20170419-gvnk11#ixzz4gdQX3DZ8 
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  • 07 Apr 2017 11:08 AM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    MMA Brewster’s Darwin Naming Ceremony 

    A custom-built platform supply vessel constructed by MMA Offshore will be a regular visitor to Darwin Port over the next 10 years, as one of the primary vessels providing drilling, commissioning and operational support to INPEX’s offshore facilities in the Ichthys Field. The vessel was officially named “MMA Brewster” at a ceremony on 6 April 2017. 

    MMA Managing Director Jeff Weber said the MMA Brewster was a state-of-the art platform supply vessel, featuring advanced engineering and design. It had significant specialist capabilities that suited the unique demands of the Ichthys LNG Project offshore facilities. “The MMA Brewster joins our fleet of more than 40 vessels in Australian and international waters, and will operate from Darwin Port to support and supply INPEX’s operations in the Ichthys field, he said. 

    Read the full press release here.

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