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Prelude to the future of LNG

Posted: 30 October 2014

The Territory’s position as a gas industry maintenance hub for Northern Australia was further cemented with the opening of Shell’s $29 million Prelude Darwin Onshore Supply Base on Thursday 30 October.

“This supply base at East Arm is a key piece of infrastructure supporting Shell’s Prelude floating LNG facility in the Browse Basin,” Chief Minister Adam Giles said.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for the Territory to get a slice of the offshore gas maintenance pie, expanding local job opportunities in this industry of the future.”

The base consists of a 6500 square metre warehouse including climate controlled storage and office facilities to support base operations, as well as work and storage yards specifically designed to support Prelude.

It will house a range of spare parts and critical equipment to support Prelude’s operations offshore and potentially other third party projects.

The first Prelude spare parts are due to arrive in Darwin early in November.

Log on to cut red tape

Posted: 24 October 2014

The Northern Territory Government is calling on Territorians to log onto a new website and submit their ideas about ways to further reduce the red tape burden on businesses and the community.

“The Government is serious about its commitment to reduce red tape for businesses throughout the Territory,” Chief Minister Adam Giles said.

“Since 2012, almost 200 initiatives to reduce red tape have been completed or are underway across government, touching on all sectors of the economy.

“But we are determined to make it even easier to do business in the Northern Territory and making this an attractive destination for investment.”

You can submit your ideas for red tape reduction at

Virgin Australia brings new competition to Alice-Darwin route

Posted: 23 October 2014

The Territory Government is thrilled to confirm that Virgin Australia will fly between Darwin and Alice Springs three times a week from March next year.

“This is fantastic news for the Territory bringing competition to this important route for the first time in more than a decade,” Chief Minister Adam Giles said.

“For too long Central Australia has been reliant on a single carrier for flights from Darwin restricting business and tourist traffic."

The announcement follows a meeting between Mr Giles and Virgin Australia Chief Executive Officer John Borghetti in Darwin.

This is a key route connecting the Centre to the rest of Northern Australia and the Territory Government is thrilled that Virgin has stepped up to offer passengers choice and put downward pressure on prices.