Australia’s Santos ships final Bayu-Undan LNG cargo

The last liquefied natural gas cargo produced from the Bayu-Undan gas field has sailed from the Santos-operated Darwin LNG plant in Australia’s Northern Territory.

Santos said in a social media post that the final LNG shipment from Bayu-Undan left the 3.7 mtpa Darwin LNG plant at Wickham Point on November 11.

According to Santos, the 2004-built 135,423-cbm, Seapeak Madrid, loaded the final cargo.

The LNG carrier was on Wednesday located offshore Japan, its AIS data provided by VesselsValue shows.

Santos has been a partner in the Bayu-Undan/Darwin LNG integrated project for over 20 years, including as operator since 2020.

Other partners are SK E&S, Inpex, Eni, Jera, and Tokyo Gas.

Production at the Bayu-Undan facility, located in Timor-Leste (East Timor) offshore waters started in April 2004 and the gas reached the Darwin LNG plant via 502 km pipeline.

The LNG plant launched operations in 2006 and the facility is now being readied for the next 20 years, in preparation for the start of Barossa gas production in 2025, according to Santos.

In March 2021, Santos took an FID on its $3.6 billion Barossa project to secure feed gas for the Darwin LNG plant.

The Barossa development compromises a floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel, subsea production wells, supporting subsea infrastructure, and a gas export pipeline tied into the existing Bayu-Undan to Darwin LNG pipeline.

Santos targets first gas production in the first half of 2025.

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