Narrabri Gas Project
Project at a glance
Regional Manager, Central West
About the Project Owner
A proudly Australian company, Santos is a leading supplier of natural gas, a fuel for the future providing cleaner energy to improve the lives of people in Australia and Asia.
Santos is already Australia’s biggest domestic gas supplier and aims to be a leading Asia-Pacific LNG supplier.
For over 65 years, Santos has been working in partnership with local communities, providing jobs and business opportunities, and safely and sustainably developing Australia’s natural gas resources.
Santos’ strategy is centred on five core long-life natural gas and LNG assets: the Cooper Basin, Queensland and New South Wales, Western Australia, Northern Australia and Timor-Leste, and Papua New Guinea.
As an Australian owned and operated business, Santos believes that working with local industry and local and Indigenous communities is vital to sustaining the long-term viability of our business and to deliver the economic and environmental benefits of natural gas to homes and businesses throughout Australia and Asia.
Santos is planning to develop its natural gas reserves in the Narrabri area in northwest New South Wales. Santos’ Narrabri Gas Project could supply NSW homes, small businesses, major industries and electricity generators with up to half the state’s natural gas needs and bring substantial economic benefits to Narrabri and the region. The gas from the project will be made available to the NSW market.
The Environmental Impact Statement for the Narrabri Gas Project was assessed and approved by both the State, Commonwealth Governments and the Independent Planning Commission following extensive community consultation throughout the assessment process.
The Narrabri Gas Project involves the production of natural gas through the progressive development of up to 850 wells connected into processing facilities south of Narrabri at Leewood and Bibblewindi. The Narrabri Gas Project will also include the construction of surface facilities and supporting infrastructure.
The Narrabri gas field contains an estimated 1.8 TCF of natural gas. It is located in the Gunnadah Basin, approximately 600km north west of Sydney. The area encompasses petroleum exploration licence PEL 238.
Santos anticipates full development of the field will produce approximately 200TJ/d gas to service the NSW market via pipeline over an estimated 25-year field life.
Operations will be located on around 1,000ha of the 95,000-hectare Project area. The Project area is mostly located on state land in a section of the Pilliga set aside by the NSW Government for uses including logging and extractive industries.
Consistent with the Santos Local Industry, Community and Indigenous Participation Policy, Santos seeks to engage with local communities at the earliest opportunity and to provide information that is relevant and accessible to those communities about our operations.
Santos intends to undertake a self-managed approach and act as the procurement entity for the project. With contracting strategies to be developed, Santos will engage the market to secure the goods and/or services required with an emphasis of engaging businesses local to the Narrabri region where capability allows.
Development Front End Engineering Design and Detailed Design has commenced with most procurement activity to take place prior to Final Investment Decision which is expected to occur in 2023.
Registration of Interest (ROI) Opportunities
Opportunities for the supply of key goods and services will be posted in the Work Packages section below for Australian entities to register their interest.
Santos qualification considerations are available in the Project Documents section below allowing businesses to address capability gaps ahead of registering interest.
General Information on Project
Further details of the project are available at www.narrabrigasproject.com.au while further information on working with Santos is available at santos.com/procurement/. The Narrabri Gas Project Australian Industry Participation (AIP) plan summary is available at Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources – Major project AIP plan summaries.
Work Packages will be posted to allow Expressions of Interest to be registered and assessed before tenders are released.