Construction of the Darwin Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) plant in the Northern Territory began in June 2003, with the plant commissioned in January 2006. It was the first LNG project in the Northern Territory and the second in Australia.
Gas is sent via a 502 kilometre pipeline from the Bayu-Undan field to the plant at Wickham Point, where it is converted into Liquefied Natural Gas and shipped to Japan for sale to our customers, Tokyo Gas and JERA (a joint venture between Tokyo Electric and Chubu Electric). Since 2006, Darwin LNG has safely shipped an average of one cargo per week.
The facility employs state-of-the-art engineering and environmental technology. The plant uses ConocoPhillips’ Optimised Cascade Process® an LNG liquefaction technology that employs a two-trains-in-one-design for increased reliability and flexibility. The process was first used in 1969 in ConocoPhillips’ Alaskan Kenai LNG plant.
ConocoPhillips is the majority interest holder and operator of the Bayu-Undan facility, the pipeline and the Darwin LNG plant. Other joint venture partners are Santos, INPEX, Eni, JERA and Tokyo Gas. As operator, ConocoPhillips takes responsibility for the safe and efficient management of these complex facilities, along with the safety, health and wellbeing of our people, the environment and wider community.
Darwin LNG is a crown jewel in the ConocoPhillips portfolio. It has been a very successful project for ConocoPhillips, paving the way for the energy industry in Darwin. The project has a residential workforce policy which provides between 300-350 direct jobs in Darwin. We have also worked with local industry to develop a local supply chain that services both Darwin LNG and Bayu-Undan.
As DLNG Operator, we are in discussion with a number of projects in Northern Australia that could extend the life of Darwin LNG following the end of field life for Bayu-Undan, post 2022.
Separately, as operator of the Barossa Project, ConocoPhillips is progressing this project as our leading backfill candidate.