28/08/2008 - 14:29

Inpex to start drilling for $12bn plant

28/08/2008 - 14:29

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Japanese company Inpex Ltd is expected to choose either Western Australia or the Northern Territory to host the $12 billion liquefied natural gas plant in two months, as it prepares for further drilling in the Darwin Habour.

Inpex to start drilling for $12bn plant

Japanese company Inpex Ltd is expected to choose either Western Australia or the Northern Territory to host the $12 billion liquefied natural gas plant in two months, as it prepares for further drilling in the Darwin Habour.

The company announced today that it will soon start nearshore drilling in Darwin Habour and Blaydin Point in the NT to investigate whether the area is suitable for infrastructure, an offshore gas pipeline route and dredging.

The drilling campaign follows a recent onshore drill program.

The company is also considering the Marrett Islands in WA, off the Kimberley coast.

The WA government is considering nine sites for an LNG processing hub in the Kimberley region and a short list is being prepared for release.

Inpex's LNG plant would be used to process gas from the Ichthys gas field, 190 kilometres off the Kimberley coast.

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