Santos Ltd. will continue pipelay for its Barossa natural gas project offshore Northern Territory, Australia, following a court ruling in a dispute filed by a member of an Indigenous group claiming ownership rights in the nearby Tiwi Islands. Work had been stopped south of km point (KP) 86 along the 260-km export pipeline.
The pipeline will connect Barossa to the 3.7-million tonne/year Darwin LNG plant, providing it with a new source of feedstock. Initial gas deliveries are targeted for first-half 2025.
Up to eight subsea wells are expected to be drilled in the field (six wells from three drill centers, with contingency plans for an additional two wells). The development area lies within Bonaparte basin in 130-350 m of water in permit NT/L1.
Santos is operator of the Barossa project with 50% interest. Partners are SK E&S (37.5%) and JERA (12.5%).