Our work in Australia

We began working in the country in 2000, and are now active in the Exploration & Production sector through our subsidiary Eni Australia Ltd, in Gas & Power e Renewables.

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The search for hydrocarbons off the shore of the country

Exploration and production activities in the country are concentrated offshore northern Australia. We have a 100% share in production licence WA-33-L, which contains the Blacktip gas field. With regard to the appraisal and development stages, we hold a 100% and 72.2% share respectively in the NT/RL8 and NT/RL7 areas, which contain the Blackwood and Evans Shoal gas fields, respectively.

The Blacktip gas field (Block WA-33-L) started-up in 2009 and produced approximately 36 bcf of year in 2019. The project is supported by an unmanned well head platform (WHP), which exports gas via a 108-kilometer long pipeline to an onshore treatment plant, Yelcherr Gas Plant (YGP) with a capacity of 42 bcf of year. Natural gas extracted from this field is sold under a 25-year contract to supply local Australian company, Power & Water Utility Co. Elsewhere in the country, we have a non-operating share in the Darwin LNG plant, which is connected to the gas and condensate field in Bayu-Undan, located in Timor Leste waters.

In May 2021, through our subsidiary Eni Australia Limited, we signed with Santos a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly seek cooperation opportunities in the following areas:

  • optimisations, synergies and sharing of infrastructure between the Barossa Project and the Evans Shoal development, including the potential expansion of Darwin LNG and options to repurpose and extend the life of Bayu-Undan
  • potential joint development of CO₂ capture and storage or utilization (CCUS) facilities, serving not only assets owned by the two companies but open to any interested third-party project in the Darwin area, with the long term objective of facilitating the creation of a CO₂ management hub in the Northern Territory;
  • potential collaboration in new Upstream development opportunities in relation to other offshore stranded resources located in northern Australia.

Energy from renewable sources

Katherine’s photovoltaic park (34 MW) is the largest farm in the Australian Northern Territory and is integrated with a storage system with a capacity of 6 MW. Leveraging on these technologies, the plant will be able to forecast and compensate possible variations in solar irradiation by taking energy from a storage system, in order to minimize the impact on the grid. During 2020, in the Northern Territory, Eni has installed additional solar capacity for a total of 25 MW at the Bachelor and Manton Dam sites.

We create energy

In Australia, we have launched a project for protecting the Aboriginal land near our on-shore gas treatment plant in Yelcherr, linked to the field at Blacktip. We have also built a photovoltaic plant with a capacity of 34 MW. We integrate our business activity with social and environmental sustainability, in order to create shared, long-term value.

The photovoltaic plant at Katherine

In February 2019, we completed the acquisition of a project for the creation of a photovoltaic plant with a capacity of 34 MW in the town of Katherine, in the Northern Territory, which represents our entry into the Australian market for renewables. We began building the plant in early 2019 and it will be produce energy that will prevent around 63 thousand tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions every year.

Discover Katherine
Discover Katherine

Caring for Country

In 2006, we implemented a wide-reaching project that is still going strong, designed to enhance and protect Aboriginal land. We have established a collaboration with a team of Aboriginal rangers to monitor the land in the region, implemented a Turtle Management Plan to protect sea turtles, provided material for universities and supported initiatives which target health care and schools. We have also facilitated access to energy for the local Aboriginal community.

Caring for Country
Caring for Country
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Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

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Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

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Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss

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Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development