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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.


The search for hydrocarbons off the shore of the country

Exploration and production activities are concentrated off the shore of the country. The main production areas, in which we have a 100% and 10.99% share, are in the exploration blocks WA-33-L and JPDA 03-13 respectively. With regard to the appraisal and development stages, we hold a 100% and 65% share respectively in the NT/RL8 and NT/RL7 areas. We also have shares in four more exploration licences, one of which is in the Joint Petroleum Development Area (JPDA). Our activities are governed by concession contracts, and by Production Sharing Agreements (PSA) in the cooperation zone between Australia and East Timor (JPDA), where we were awarded a new exploration permit for an area of 662 km2 in 2013. Elsewhere in the country, we are 100% operators and owners of the Blacktip Gas Project, and have a non-operating share both in the gas and condensate field in Bayu-Undan, and in the connected plant Darwin LNG.

The Blacktip gas field (Block WA-33-L) started-up in 2009 and produced approximately 36 bcf of year in 2019. The project is 22 supported by a production platform and carried by a 108-kilometer long pipeline to an onshore treatment plant with a capacity of 42 bcf of year. Natural gas extracted from this field is sold under a 25-year contract to supply a power plant, signed with Australian society Power & Water Utility Co. 

The liquids and gas Bayu Undan field (Block JPDA 03-13) started-up in 2004 and produced 114 kboe a day in 2019. Liquid production is supported by three treatment platforms and an FSO unit. Production of natural gas is carried by a 500-kilometer long pipeline and is treated at the Darwin liquefaction plant which has a capacity of 3.6 mmtonnes of year of LNG (equivalent to approximately 177 bcf/y of feed gas). LNG is sold to Japanese power generation companies under long-term contracts. Following the implementation of treaty between Timor-Leste and Australia, the Bayu Undan field was put under jurisdiction of the Government of Timor Leste.


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 north of the county, which represents our entry into the Australian market for renewables. We began building the plant in early 2019 and it will be equipped with a system for gathering 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 put together a team of Aboriginal forest rangers to monitor the land in the Northern Territory, started 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

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


Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

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