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Budget Paper No.6 1997/98 Northern Territory Economy



Budget Paper No.6 1997/98 Northern Territory Economy

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Tabled Papers for 7th Assembly 1994 - 1997; Tabled papers; ParliamentNT




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Energy The Northern Territorys known energy resources include crude oil, natural gas and uranium. Uranium oxide is produced in the East Alligator Region, near the township of Jabiru, at the Ranger mine. Crude oil is produced from both on and off shore sites; most of the crude oil produced on shore at Mereenie is refined in South Australia, while oil from the off shore fields of Jabiru and Challis is exported overseas. Natural gas is produced in the Amadeus Basin near Alice Springs; the two natural gas fields are Palm Valley and Mereenie. Expenditure on petroleum exploration in the Northern Territory and in off shore waters administered by the Territory increased by 72% to $96.3 million in 1995-96. In addition, exploration expenditure in Area A of the Zone of Cooperation with Indonesia (ZOC-A) remained steady at $89.2 million. The value of energy production in the Territory is expected to be approximately $413 million in 1996-97. The decline in crude oil production from the early 1990s due to the depletion of reserves in off shore oil fields has been the major factor in the energy sectors reduced value of production. Skua field ceased production in early 1997, and the estimated reserves of 22 million barrels at Jabiru and Challis are expected to be depleted within five years. On shore production 0 200 400 600 800 1 000 1 200 1 400 1 600 1 800 91-92 92-93 93-94 94-95 95-96 96-97* 97-98# 98-99# 99-00# 00-01# Energy Production Gas Uranium Oil $ million Source: Dept. of Mines and Energy * DME estimate, # DME forecast Figure 8.4 Mining 46

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