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Chief Minister Visits Geoje Shipyard

Chief Minister Michael Gunner has inspected the shipyards in Geoje where the INPEX-led Ichthys LNG Project’s central processing and floating production, storage and offloading facilities, as well as the Shell Prelude FLNG facility, are being constructed.

Once completed, the facilities will be located in the Browse Basin, west of Darwin and will create new business opportunities in the Territory.

Mr Gunner said that Darwin was emerging as a key international oil and gas hub with multi-billion dollar projects in full swing and that the international trade, engagement and investment mission was focused on building on these opportunities to create Territory jobs.

“The Northern Territory Government’s supportive approach was instrumental in swaying these global giants to choose Darwin as their supply and production base,” Mr Gunner said. 

“Our high-performing service and supply industries will ensure this sector’s growth which will deliver benefits for many Territory businesses.

“The $110 million Marine Supply Base in Darwin is a critical link in the supply chain for international oil and gas companies, who use it to replenish their projects in the resource-rich Timor Sea and Browse Basin.

“Ultimately, the Ichthys LNG Project’s central processing and floating production, storage and offloading facilities along with Shell’s Prelude FLNG facility will use the Marine Supply Base to restock essential supplies such as food, water and drilling equipment.”

Darwin’s proximity to major markets is an advantage for delivery, with sea shipments from Darwin to Tokyo needing only to travel 3,000 nautical miles – fewer than nine days’ voyage – and significantly faster than other locations. 

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