ConocoPhillips and its co-venturers SK E&S Australia Pty Ltd and Santos Offshore Pty Ltd are proposing to develop discovered hydrocarbon resources located offshore about 300 kilometres north of Darwin, Northern Territory.

Barossa is an offshore gas and light condensate project that proposes to provide a new source of gas to the existing Darwin LNG facility, subject to suitable commercial arrangements being put in place.

As Operator of the Barossa Project, ConocoPhillips believes Barossa is a leading candidate to backfill the existing Darwin LNG facility from 2023 when the existing offshore gas supply from Bayu-Undan is expected to be exhausted.

As DLNG Operator, ConocoPhillips also continues to progress discussions on other potential backfill options.

The Barossa Project represents a further multi-billion-dollar investment that would help meet future global demand for natural gas and contribute significant income and employment opportunities. It would ensure ConocoPhillips continues to play a key role in building the economies of Darwin, the Northern Territory and Australia for many years to come.

The development concept includes a Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) facility, subsea production system, and a gas export pipeline, all located in Commonwealth waters.

An Offshore Project Proposal (OPP) has been prepared by ConocoPhillips Australia Exploration Pty Ltd on behalf of its co-venturers in accordance with the Australian government’s environmental assessment process for a new petroleum project in Commonwealth waters. This process is regulated by the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA). In July 2017 the Barossa OPP was published on NOPSEMA’s website for an eight-week public comment period to provide interested members of the public the opportunity to comment on the project during its early development stage.

Following the public comment period, the Barossa OPP was re-submitted to NOPSEMA after taking comments received into consideration. In March 2018, NOPSEMA formally accepted the Barossa OPP which has been published on the NOPSEMA website, and is also available to view below.

Acceptance of an OPP by NOPSEMA does not mean a project can proceed. Acceptance provides approval for the subsequent submission of separate Environment Plans (EPs) for project activities to NOPSEMA for assessment and acceptance. However, it does provide approval of the development concept design and key development assumptions that will be used to develop the EPs. Only after an EP has been accepted by NOPSEMA, can that activity commence.

The draft OPP that was published for public comment in July 2017 can be viewed on NOPSEMA’s website here.

If you have further enquiries or wish to clarify information in the OPP you can contact ConocoPhillips at barossa@conocophillips.com

ConocoPhillips understands the importance of conducting business in a manner that promotes economic growth in the communities and regions in which we operate. An approved Australian Industry Participation (AIP) Plan is now in place for the Upstream components of the Barossa Project, in compliance with requirements under the Australian Jobs Act 2013. The Plan states how Barossa will provide “full, fair and reasonable opportunity” to Australian industry to supply goods and services to the project.

Supply chain or vendor enquiries related to the Project should be directed to vendors@conocophillips.com

Interested companies will be provided future information, when finalised, on opportunities for the supply of goods and services. Further information on current opportunities is available at the Supply Chain section of this website.

Barossa OPP by Section

Please find all links to Sections for Barossa OPP.

Executive Summary

1. Introduction

2. ConocoPhillips Health, Safety and Environmental Management System

3. Environmental legislation and other environmental management requirements

4. Description of the project and alternatives analysis

5. Description of the Environment

6. Evaluation of environmental impacts and risks

7. Environmental performance framework

8. Consultation