Darwin Clean Fuels
chose Darwin for its condensate plant because of this northern port townís
proximity to the Timor Sea and North West Shelf gas fields, the necessary
infrastructure being largely in place, and because the project suits the
regionís economic development objectives.
The Northern Territory is promoted as Australiaís Asian Gateway because of
its proximity to the Asia Pacific. The Government is developing Middle Arm
as an Oil & Gas hub and making investments to ensure that proponents
have first world facilities.
The Northern Territory Government also promotes Darwin as a service and
supply centre for the oil and gas industries in Middle Arm where Inpex and ConocoPhillips LNG plants are located.
Benefits to the Territory include:
- Value adding: Darwin
Clean Fuels will see Timor Sea and NWS condensate brought to Darwin
for processing, rather than being exported directly from the Timor Sea
and the North West Shelf fields.
- East Arm Wharf: Delivery
of condensate feedstock and finished product exports will increase
petroleum trade across East Arm Wharf five times, provide valuable
income for the port and justify Government expenditure on the bulk
liquids berth. The natural deep water port has the capacity for large
80,000 dwt tankers.
- Strategic Investment: The project provides another port client. This
helps diversify commercial activity that complements oil and gas
service and supply industry.
- Jobs: Darwin
Clean Fuels brings another value adding industry to Darwin, providing
hundreds of jobs during construction and more than 130 jobs during
- Local industry participation: Darwin Clean Fuels plans to engage a local oil and
gas specialist company to operate the plant and experienced civil
contractor in John Holland to play a key part in construction. .
- More environmentally friendly: Darwin Clean Fuels is using established technology
to meet the requirement for more environmentally friendly processing.
- Fuel for the local market: Most of the plantís production is ear marked to
replace imports into the Northern Territory and the east coast
- Other potential benefits: The project will undertake
feasibility for a solar farm that will produce plant power as well as
a hydrogen production facility. Other spin-off
opportunities could include the industrial application of low grade
waste heat and the provision of surplus power generated from low
emission refinery gases.