“There are obvious advantages for the Territory to having onshore processing in Darwin in terms of jobs and stimulation of the local economy. However, should companies opt for FLNG, Darwin is ideally placed to act as a service hub for the floating offshore industry,” explains the Minister.
On the topic of a potential pipeline to Darwin, as raised by the Bonaparte joint venture participants, Mr van Holthe says the NT Government would encourage companies who operate in the Bonaparte Basin and in the North West Shelf to pipe gas to Darwin, as the Territory grows to become a major gas hub, particularly with the construction of INPEX’s onshore facility.
“The INPEX project is major stimulus to the NT economy, and will continue to be so after the construction phase. Additional subsea pipelines into Darwin would necessarily give rise to additional gas processing and associated infrastructure in the Darwin region.