2016-06-06 The Australian: WA gas could be piped to the east
Gas from offshore Western Australian could be piped to the east coast for the first time when an 890km pipeline to Darwin from off the Kimberley coast is finished as part of the $US37 billion Ichthys LNG development… Japan’s Inpex says there is the potential for a multibillion-dollar sale of the Ichthys pipeline, the biggest of its type in this hemisphere, once construction of the giant LNG project is finished next year.
The potential to pipe WA gas to the east coast comes amid fears of a looming shortage, with 5 of 6 LNG trains now operating at Gladstone’s Curtis Island in Queensland and growing restrictions on onshore development in NSW, Victoria and, potentially, the NT…
Seiya Ito, President of Inpex’s Australian operations… “Once you have all the infrastructure in place from offshore Kimberley, all the way to Darwin, there will also be the North East pipeline, I cannot tell you if our gas will go to there yet, but there are a lot of potential expansion options, and one might be gas sales to the east” …
The company intends to maximise the value of its investment with some sort of expansion, having a gas pipeline with spare capacity and tie-in points for new gas fields in the prospective and relatively underexplored Browse Basin and room for more LNG trains at Darwin. “Expansion is very important for Ichthys, and Inpex is looking for the next opportunity. We can expand our plant capacity at Darwin, up to a 4th train, we can debottleneck to increase capacity a bit more and there is the potential for domestic gas sales. We will assess any opportunity, and if it is commercially viable we will go after it.”
2016-06-06 Sydney Morning Herald: Petrel sub-basin
Federal Resources Minister Josh Frydenberg will also announce almost $700,000 in funding for a project to investigate storage of carbon waste in the Petrel sub-basin off northern Australia, which could act as a deposit for CO₂ from the Darwin LNG project and gas fields in the region.
2016-06-09 Mining.com: Fraser Institute Annual Survey of Mining Companies
Mining… helping GDP growth average 3.6% a year for most of this century… Western Australia took the world’s top position for mining investment… with Northern Territory in seventh place.
2016-06-08 Mining Weekly: Hayes Creek zinc, gold and silver project
Pre-Feasibility Study due for completion in mid-2017, would expand on the scoping study, which indicated that mining and processing ore derived from open pit and underground operations at Hayes Creek would generate strong financial returns.
2016-06-09 IHS: Landbridge Group eyes more investments in northern Australia
Darwin... has a strategic location close to Asia. It is a support hub for several of the area’s major oil and gas projects including the ConocoPhillips’ Bayu Undan and Greater Sunrise gas fields, around 500 km and 450 km offshore of Darwin, and the Bonaparte liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in the Timor Sea. It is also the world’s largest livestock export port, shipping more than 600,000 head in 2015, mostly to destinations in Southeast Asia.
2016-05 Landbridge Group: Port Development Plan 2016
Darwin Port is the only major multimodal port located in Northern Australia and is strategically located as Australia’s gateway to Asia and Asia’s gateway to Australia… Having secured a 99-year lease on Darwin Port, the Landbridge Group is now looking to develop the Port and increase trade flow through Darwin. Landbridge Group is actively investigating other investment opportunities in both Northern Australia and elsewhere in the Asian region with a view to maximise Port throughput in both exports and imports and shipping activity more generally...
Refrigerated Container Park: Darwin Port is in the process of expanding the refrigerated container (reefer) park at East Arm Wharf (EAW)… Additional area of hardstand is being developed… Harbour Support Vessel Facility: A forecast increase in large vessel movements within Darwin harbour will also see a need for additional harbour support assets. Darwin Port is working closely with operators within this sector in planning for a new facility at EAW…
Extension of the current quay line by 1000 metres to meet future increases in cargo volumes in the areas of dry bulk exports, liquid bulk imports, live cattle and container and general cargo throughput…
Cruise Ship Facility – In terms of cruise ship passenger numbers, Darwin Port is ranked No.3 in Australia. The increasing demand in Cruise ship tourism is forecast to continue into the future with larger vessels carrying more passengers. Darwin Port has initiated a project to cater for the increasing vessel sizes and the larger number of passengers that they will carry. With the world’s largest cruise ships now programming visits to Darwin, this infrastructure will need to include additional quay line and passenger facilities that will enhance the visitor experience... proposals are underway to modify the existing facilities to cater for these increasing numbers of passengers that leave and join the ships while in Port. Having a cruise ship use Darwin as its home base port has been a long term aspiration.
Mining Sector – Darwin Port is in discussions with a number of minerals export proponents that are working towards using the Port to move product to market... which could see the requirement to develop additional infrastructure at Darwin Port including: a cross land conveyor system from the Darwin Port stockpile site to the bulk loading system; dedicated enclosed storage sheds for products not suitable for outside storage; additional bulk loading systems for products not compatible for loading with the existing system; additional rail dump facilities to reduce rail terminal bottlenecks as volumes increase.
2016-06-08 NT News: New funding fires up giant Dragon project
Seafarms Group has raised $10 million to take it through the next stage of development for the $1.5 billion Project Sea Dragon. Australia’s most ambitious prawn farming project in the Northern Territory is being fast tracked to take advantage of foreign investors eager to back the scheme… Executive chairman Ian Trahar said plans were well advanced to build 2160ha of prawn ponds on Legune Station that would start producing 26,000 tonnes of premium tiger prawns for both Asian and local markets by 2019.
2016-06-07 Media Release: Berrimah Export Yards upgrade
Primary Industries Minister Gary Higgins said in 2014-15 more than 600,000 head of cattle were exported from Darwin, with pre-export quarantine responsibilities shared between 4 premises, including Berrimah… proposed ($4.1 million) works … “will consolidate Darwin’s position as the major cattle export centre in Australia.”
2016-06-08 NT News: Singapore rep helps add to Asian influence
Former banker and investment specialist Anthony Cheng has taken up the Singapore role … on-ground representation provides the Northern Territory with the advantage of being able to develop business relationships and promote Territory engagement to a wider audience in South-East Asia. Mr Cheng will also take up responsibility for growing business links with Malaysia.
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