The Ichthys Project was granted environmental approval by the Australian and Northern Territory governments in mid-2011. The Project underwent a rigorous environmental assessment process, comprehensive environmental studies and extensive engagement with the community and other stakeholders.

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INPEX is now working to comply with all conditions and recommendations made in the NT Government’s Environmental Assessment Report and will have to apply for and obtain a number of government licences in order for the Project to proceed.

Environmental and Social Community Agreement

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To minimise the impact of the Project on the environment, INPEX has committed to a $91 million environmental benefits package. Commitments include the following:

  • Darwin Harbour integrated monitoring and research program. Improving the understanding of the health of the harbour, helping with funding and implementing important research and development programs over a 40 year commitment.
  • Conservation status of coastal dolphins in the Northern Territory. A long-term survey of coastal dolphins to improve the understanding of dolphin numbers, distribution and critical resource needs. Identifies locations and habitats of importance, providing valuable information to protect and maintain dolphin populations.
  • Habitat mapping for the Darwin region. Producing habitat maps of the Darwin region will provide baseline information, inform monitoring and allow for coastal planning. The project will involve scientists from various organisations and Aboriginal ranger groups.
  • Conservation management of marine megafauna in the Western Top End. INPEX recognises the significance of dolphins, dugongs and marine turtles to Darwin’s Traditional Owners, the Larrakia people, and other Aboriginal groups in the Top End. This initiative allows for Aboriginal groups to actively manage marine mammals and turtles along the Territory coast, securing conservation status and increasing employment in disadvantaged areas.
  • Publication of Kimberley research. INPEX has undertaken extensive studies and surveys gathering information on marine turtles and whales along the remote Western Australian Kimberley coastline. This unprecedented research, which cost $15 million, will be published by INPEX and made accessible to the general scientific, regulatory and wider community.
  • Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Projects. ARC Linkage projects support collaborative research and development programs between higher education researchers and industry partners. INPEX is proposing to support two projects over the next three years, both with a focus on Darwin harbour.
  • Savannah fire management. Working with the Northern Territory Government to pursue savannah fire management opportunities that will offset some greenhouse gas emissions. Fire management initiatives offer significant opportunities for Aboriginal employment in the Territory.
  • North Australian Hydrocarbon Centre for Excellence at Charles Darwin University. INPEX and Ichthys Project joint venturer Total donated $3 million to Charles Darwin University to accelerate plans for the North Australian Hydrocarbon Centre for Excellence. A range of industry specific courses will be introduced to help the Northern Territory become a leader in training for the oil and gas industry.

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