Each year in the Territory we see plenty of opportunity and innovation for operators, contractors and all companies associated with the energy industry. It’s an exciting time to be in the Territory to witness the diverse transformation that this period of development will bring and to support the growth and sustainability of the NT energy industry.
Its encouraging to note that Australia is on the way to becoming a major player in the international LNG market and the Territory is building its capacity to become a recognised global oil and gas hub. NT looks forward to the completion of construction of the INPEX Ichthys project, expansion plans for Darwin LNG plant operated by ConocoPhillips, the launch of Shell Prelude into production phase, the commissioned Northern Gas Pipeline, and now the potential for the onshore gas industry heralding a future for gas development, processing and supply operations.
The potential for the growth of the onshore industry in the Territory is remarkable and has been recognised as an unrivalled global precedent, rich in resources and development opportunity. Over the coming years the industry will see world-class investment in the sector through exploration and production of unconventional oil and gas. Forecasts indicate that as the industry grows, the Northern Territory will see game-changing economic growth.
With a positive decision to proceed with the development of the onshore gas industry, it is important that the industry, government and supporting businesses work together to ensure safe and responsible outcomes to benefit the Territory.
The recent expansion for Energy Club NT also aligns with the Northern Territory Government’s 50% Renewable Energy target by 2030 opening opportunities for investment and business growth in the region.
Hydrocarbons will continue to play an important role in energy production, but the industry has showed a significant trend in adding alternative energy sources to the mix. The advantage of integrating new technologies will also have a positive effect on reducing carbon emissions, costs and creating new and unprecedented opportunities.
There is a clear movement in the industry for collaboration across the energy sub-sectors which will continue to become more prevalent as we move towards our energy future. Renewables and oil and gas projects can coexist and provide innovative solutions across the industry.
I look forward to continuing to work with the Board to implement our strategy, engage our members and recognise our sponsors for their contribution to our success. I’m optimistic about the long-term future of the energy sector in NT, and the Club’s commitment to support our members across the region.
As Founder and CEO of Petroleum Club NT, now Energy Club NT, I’m committed to the delivery of our vision, mission and values – everyday, with every decision.
Sonia Harvey, Founder and CEO
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