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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 operations.

 

  • 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 markets.

 

  • 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.

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