Santos is the leading Australian oil and gas exploration and production company in the Northern Territory, with a significant presence both onshore and offshore. The company’s partnership with the NT stretches back many years, having been the major supplier of gas to the local market and as the only Australian company in Darwin LNG. Santos has a large discovered resource base across Northern Australia that is well positioned to backfill and expand the existing LNG infrastructure.
Located at Wickham Point, Darwin LNG is a single train liquefaction and storage facility that started production in 2006. The Bayu-Undan facility, which supplies gas to the plant via a 26-inch subsea pipeline, is located approximately 500 kilometres north-west of Darwin in the Timor Sea. The facility includes a central production and processing complex with a Floating Production Storage and Offloading vessel for condensate and LPG products and an unmanned wellhead platform.
The Barossa gas field (Santos 25%) is 300 kilometres north of Darwin and is in the FEED-phase of development as the source of gas to backfill Darwin LNG when Bayu-Undan ceases production. Barossa entered FEED in April 2018.
The Petrel, Tern and Frigate gas fields are located 250 kilometres west of Darwin, in the Bonaparte Basin, and are well positioned to feed into either domestic or export markets.
Santos also has a significant exploration position in offshore Northern Australia, adjacent to Barossa and the Petrel, Tern and Frigate fields.
Onshore in the NT, Santos has a long history in the Amadeus Basin, the most recent activity being the Dukas-1 well, south-west of Alice Springs. In the Beetaloo Sub-Basin of the McArthur Basin, the company has conducted a successful fracture stimulation of the Velkerri shale gas play in the Tanumbirini-1 well, with plans to drill, fracture stimulate and flow test two horizontal wells during 2020. Santos also has exploration interests in the South Nicholson Basin.