10/08/2009 - 15:29

Barnett still holds hope for Ichthys

10/08/2009 - 15:29

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Premier Colin Barnett says political uncertainty in the Northern Territory will not be enough to shift the Ichthys gas project from Darwin back to WA, and if it does move, cost and technical difficulties will be the reasons.

Barnett still holds hope for Ichthys

Premier Colin Barnett says political uncertainty in the Northern Territory will not be enough to shift the Ichthys gas project from Darwin back to WA, and if it does move, cost and technical difficulties will be the reasons.

At a press conference this afternoon, Mr Barnett said Inpex could still build the facility in the north of WA despite the Japanese company already progressing plans to build the facility in Darwin.

The facility will process gas from the Ichthys field, located some 800 kilometres away.

"I don't think the company's decision will be affected by political uncertainty in the Northern Territory," Mr Barnett said.

Last week, the former Territory Indigenous Policy Minister Alison Anderson quit the Labor Party over concerns about a $672 million Indigenous housing program.

Ms Anderson has become an independent which gives her and NT's only other independent, Gerry Wood, the balance of power in parliament.

The ABC reported that a notice to move a motion of no confidence in the government is expected to be made by the opposition today.

The WA government is progressing plans to build a liquefied natural gas hub at James Price Point in the Kimberley, with Woodside Petroleum already backing the hub as an option to process gas from the Browse Basin joint venture.

However its joint partners, including Chevron and Shell, remain to be convinced.

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