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Budget 2013/14 Northern Territory Economy



Budget 2013/14 Northern Territory Economy

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138 Construction 2013-14 Budget construction of buildings including an operations complex, offices, a central control building and workshops; a module offloading facility (MOF) used to offload the modules required to assemble the LNG plant; construction of a productloading jetty, which will include two separate vessel berths, one for LNG carriers and the second for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and condensate carriers; construction of a 500 megawatt power plant; and the assembly, installation and commissioning of the preassembled modules required for the two LNG processing facilities (trains). From a reporting perspective, the ABS will include the overseas construction cost of the imported modules in the Territorys construction activity when these are installed on site. In total, the onshore activity related to the Ichthys project in the Territory, including the value of the imported modules, is estimated to be worth $13 billion. Construction work on the Ichthys project is expected to add to the levels of construction activity recorded in 201112 through to 201516, with peak levels of construction activity expected in 201415. The Montara, Skua, Swift and Swallow oilfields (Montara project) are located in the Timor Sea about 650kilometres west of Darwin. The project was developed by PTTEPAustralasia, the Australian subsidiary of the Thai firm, PTTEP. Development of the Montara project was originally to be completed in 2010 but was delayed as a result of the destruction of the West Atlas drilling rig by fire in late 2009. Following a cleanup and salvage operation at the field and the completion of an inquiry into the incident, development of the field recommenced in 201011. Development activity at the field was completed in early 2013, with first production expected in mid2013. Development of the Montara project, including the cleanup and salvage operations, is estimated to have significantly contributed to Territory engineering construction activity from 200708 through to 201213. Xstrata Zinc (Xstrata) owns and operates the McArthur River zinc/lead concentrate mine near the town of Borroloola. In early 2013, Xstrata embarked on its third expansion of the mine (see Chapter 10: Mining and Manufacturing). Construction activities related to the expansion include: expansion of the existing openpit mine; upgrades to the existing processing plant; installation of six new gasfired generators to provide 40 megawatts of power generating capacity; construction of a workers camp (reported as nonresidential construction activity by the ABS); and upgrades to existing accommodation facilities (nonresidential construction activity). Montara, Skua, Swift and Swallow Oilfields McArthur River Mine Phase Three Expansion

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