Construction of the Darwin Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) plant in the Northern Territory began in June 2003, with the plant being officially 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 for sale to Tokyo Gas and JERA (a joint venture between Tokyo Electric and Chibu Electric), in Japan. Since 2006, an average of one cargo per week has been safely shipped to customers.
The facility employs state-of-the-art engineering and environmental technology and, wherever possible, local and regional resources. 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 coventurers are Santos, INPEX, Eni, JERA (a joint venture between Tokyo Electric and Chibu Electric) and Tokyo Gas.
As the operator, ConocoPhillips is responsible for the safe and efficient management of these complex facilities. We recognise our role as critical to the success of the business, and to the safety, health and wellbeing of our people, the environment and wider community. As the operator of Darwin LNG, we are currently assessing potential backfill supply opportunities that could provide gas to Darwin LNG after the Bayu-Undan reservoir ceases production post 2022. ConocoPhillips, and our joint venturers, are progressing two development candidates - Barossa and Greater Poseidon. As DLNG Operator we are also progressing discussions on other potential future gas sources for potential Darwin LNG Backfill. The Darwin Liquefied Natural Gas plant is a major project with a strong future and diverse employment opportunities.