Exploration & Production

Darwin backfill decision looms after Sunrise deadlock

East Timor's commitment to sending Greater Sunrise gas to a new LNG plant within its territory has opened the door for other suppliers to backfill Darwin LNG East Timor's commitment to sending Greater Sunrise gas to a new LNG plant within its territory has opened the door for other suppliers to backfill Darwin LNG.
By Damon Evans 26 September 2018 0 32683
The Darwin LNG plant The Darwin LNG plant. (ConocoPhillips)

A standoff over the development of the Greater Sunrise gas fields off East Timor means spare export capacity will be available at the single-train Darwin LNG plant in Northern Australia from 2023. Eni’s Evans Shoal field development is competing with the ConocoPhillips-led Barossa project to backfill the liquefaction plant.

A decision on the backfill source is widely expected to be made during the first half of 2019 as the 3.7 mtpa plant urgently needs new gas supplies to extend its life. All of its current supply...