Northern Territory gas strategy: five point plan

Vision: By 2030, the Territory is a world-class gas production, manufacturing and services hub.

Darwin is home to a globally significant liquefied natural gas (LNG) export hub. The Darwin LNG and Ichthys LNG projects supply over 10% of Japan’s annual global gas imports.

The Northern Territory (NT) has developed the local infrastructure and expertise required to support high calibre projects, including the US$37 billion INPEX-led Ichthys LNG Project, the US$5 billion ConocoPhillips-led Darwin LNG Project and the $800 million Jemena Northern Gas Pipeline.

The Territory Government is committed to achieving its vision for a world-class gas production, manufacturing and services through its five point plan to:


  • Gas to expand the LNG hub could be sourced from offshore reserves, onshore gas developments, or both.
  • Land is secured for five additional trains - one at Darwin LNG and four at Ichthys LNG.

  • The Territory Government has invested in dedicated infrastructure at the East Arm Logistics Precinct to support offshore projects.
  • Opportunities to support the offshore gas industry, including the operations of Darwin LNG, Ichthys LNG and Prelude FLNG.
  • Opportunities to support the development of the onshore industry, particularly shale gas.
  • The Territory Government is partnering with operators and the Industry Capability Network Northern Territory to identify opportunities to grow the local service and supply industry.

  • Opportunities exist for methane-based products, energy intensive industries, condensate refining and production of ethane-based products.
  • Early opportunities from offshore gas fields lend themselves to methane-based products.
  • Future opportunities from onshore gas fields may expand opportunities to include ethane-based petrochemicals.
  • Land is available for gas-based manufacturing industries near existing LNG facilities.

  • Opportunities for strategic engagement and partnerships with Charles Darwin University, including through the North Australian Centre for Oil and Gas, the Advanced Manufacturing Alliance, and vocational education and training.

  • Proven large-scale offshore gas reserves and highly-promising onshore resources of global significance can contribute to national energy security, and supply gas to Australia's east coast markets.

Last updated: 10 August 2020

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