2016-09-14 NT News: Power generation for Ichthys Offshore Facilities a go
The Inpex-led Ichthys LNG Project has reached a key milestone with both its Central Processing Facility and Floating Production, Storage and Offloading facility safely starting up their main power generators in the South Korean shipyards where they are being constructed… the focus will now be on load testing, synchronisation and commissioning of the power distribution systems for both offshore facilities.
2016-09-14 NT News: Backfill supply to keep plant open
ConocoPhillips is working to engage numerous upstream resource owners on backfill supply and access to DLNG capacity… The company itself has 2 potential backfill candidates within its own portfolio; Greater Poseidon area and the Barossa-Caldita. Both these opportunities are expected to have the potential to provide a competitive backfill project for ConocoPhillips. Barossa Caldita is located in the Bonaparte Basin, about 270km north northwest of Darwin. Greater Poseidon is located in the Browse Basin, about 965km west southwest of Darwin. ConocoPhillips operates this field on behalf of the joint venture between ConocoPhillips, Origin Energy and PetroChina. The last seven years has seen more than $200 billion invested across Northern Australia.
2016-09-15 ABC News: ACCC backs Northern Territory gas pipeline project
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chairman Rod Sims has backed the fledgling Northern Territory gas industry and its plans to build a pipeline to Queensland… Mr Sims told an industry conference of regional gas producers in Darwin that if the Northern Territory was to realise its potential in the east coast gas market it is imperative to have onshore gas development. Mr Sims said the key to make NT gas commercially viable and break the existing monopoly structure was the development of the NGP project… "It seems to me that the NT could play a significant role. The potential job creation and investment in the Northern Territory would go hand in hand with the preservation of jobs and investment which might otherwise be threatened for industrial users in the south."
2016-09-15 Falcon Oil & Gas: Technical Update, Beetaloo Basin
Drilling operations have successfully concluded on the Beetaloo W-1 well. Results encountered are very encouraging, with the well drilled to a total depth of 3,173 meters…Philip O'Quigley CEO of Falcon commented on the results: "The results of Beetaloo W-1 to date and the successful hydraulic stimulation of Amungee NW-1H represent further positive steps for the exploration phase of the program. Encountering significant net pay in the Middle Velkerri formation, 85 kilometres from our 2015 drilling programme along with significant net pay in the Lower Kyalla formation is very encouraging.”
2016-09-13 Motley Fool: Digging into Newmont Mining Corp
Newmont expects to begin production in mid-2017 at its Tanami expansion project in Australia. In 2015, the Tanami mine produced 436,000 ounces of gold, at an AISC of $724 per ounce of gold sold.
2016-09-14 NT News: Talking Resources
Major players in the resources and construction sectors have converged on Darwin to discuss the latest developments in northern Australia and South East Asia (at the) South East Asian Offshore and Onshore Conference.
2016-09-14 IT Wire: Subsea cable connecting Darwin and Port Hedland completed
Australia’s first purpose-built, subsea, fibre-optic network, servicing the oil and gas industries and North West growth corridor with telecommunications services, is now operational… North West Cable System creates a link from Darwin in the NT to Port Hedland in WA, connecting the INPEX-led Ichthys LNG Project offshore facilities and the Shell Prelude Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) facility, 200km offshore in the Browse Basin, to their onshore data centres and business headquarters... it is now providing immediate benefits to communities in the NT and WA connected to the cable. Nextgen has included additional capability in the system that allows for enhanced telecommunications resilience for the Northern Territory, and has also provisioned future connections into other locations such as the Tiwi Islands.
2016-09-12 Senate Hansard:
The North punches above its weight. Already, it contributes to around 11% of our GDP, despite being only about 6% of our population. Its GDP per capita is more than double the rest of the country… We have so much opportunity. There is no reason that places like Darwin, Townsville, Cairns or Mackay cannot become major centres… We have more plans, too, for water in particular... We are looking at water options for Darwin, which are very important.
2016-09-14 Australian Defence Magazine: Kakadu returns to Top End
2016 marks the 13th iteration of Exercise KAKADU, and this year sees warships and aircraft from Canada, France, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Singapore and the United States, working alongside Australian Navy and Air Force assets and observers from Fiji, India, New Zealand, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Timor Lesté, Tonga and Vietnam. “Darwin has been home to Exercise KAKADU since its inception, and as one of the largest exercises of its type in the Indo Pacific region, highlights the critical place that northern Australia plays in supporting ADF operations,” Rear Admiral Mayer said… This year marks the first occasion US warships have participated in the exercise.
2016-09-09 Asia-Pacific Defence Reporter: Exercise Pitch Black 2016
The vast training area of the Northern Territory's Delamare Air Weapon Range has attracted 10 air forces to this year's biannual Exercise Pitch Black 2016. This is the Southern Hemisphere's largest such activity and saw around 115 platforms from ten air forces pitted with and against each other. Participants were the Royal Australian Air force, French Air Contingent New Caledonia, Indonesia Air Force, Republic of Singapore Air Force, Royal Canadian Air Force, Royal Thai Air Force, the United State Marine Corp, United States Pacific Air Force as well as personnel from Germany, Netherlands and New Zealand.
2016-09-14 ABC Rural: Indonesia set to import 700,000 live cattle
The Australian live cattle export industry is expecting Indonesia to issue around 150,000 permits for the current third trimester... The Indonesian government has indicated it will issue permits allowing 700,000 head of cattle to be imported from Australia next year.
2016-09-12 UQ: Cattle producers
Professor McGowan said there were an estimated 15.4 million cattle in Northern Australia, earning about $3.7 billion for producers pa. 50% of output from these cattle is exported pa.
2016-09-14 NT News: Territory can ride dragon to pot of gold
The Northern Territory… had sold off 30% or more than 15 million hectares to foreign interests.
The bulk of this land - 14,554 m hectares - runs livestock. There are just 71 properties owned by foreign interests in the Territory
2016-09-14 NT News: Babcock lands Qantas contract
Babcock International Group, which expanded its footprint in the Territory with a new $11 million Operations Centre at Darwin International Airport in June, has won a key support contract with Qantas… The new Darwin Operations Centre houses two Sikorsky S-92 helicopters used for transporting up to 19 passengers out to oil and gas facilities… The facility will primarily service a multi-million dollar 5-year contract with PTTEP Australasia and other major clients including Woodside, ConocoPhillips, Eni, Inpex and CGG from bases in Northern Australia. More than 60 employees work from the Darwin facility.
2016-09-15 MICE BTN: Tourism exceeds 2020 growth targets
The Northern Territory has been a standout destination for domestic tourists in the last year, with a 36% increase in the number of visitors.
2016-09-14 NT News: Katherine enjoys a tourism bonanza
Katherine experienced a remarkable tourism boom over the first eight months of 2016, with a record 117,121 visitors… (an) estimated 38% of the centre’s visitors were overseas tourists.
2016-09-12 CDU E-News: CDU secures funding for students’ overseas study
Almost $300,000 in Australian Government grants will support 93 Charles Darwin University students to study overseas next year… Funding will support programs for midwifery students in Bali, law students in China and the Philippines, humanitarian and community studies students in Timor-Leste, and education students in Cambodia and the Philippines. The program also will assist 10 Indigenous pre-service teachers to complete their teacher placements in Timor-Leste, through the Growing Our Own program. Another 10 students will take part in the China In-Country language program, which is a collaboration with Flinders University. Multi-year programs currently underway, including programs with Engineers Without Borders in India and programs for law and environmental science students in Indonesia, also received grant funding.
2016-09-15 Economic Brief: Labour Force August 2016
Trend resident employment in the Territory increased by 0.1%... the third highest change of all jurisdictions, equal with South Australia… trend unemployment rate was 3.5% in the month, which remains the lowest of all jurisdictions. The trend participation rate was 74.3%, the highest of all jurisdictions.
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