An independent report has forecast a bright decade ahead for the Northern Territory courtesy of INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG.
The assessment, by leading independent economics firm ACIL Allen, outlines social and economic benefits to the Northern Territory up to 2030.
ACIL Allen considered business indicators such as operational and capital expenditure, employment and local contract values to assess Ichthys LNG’s contribution to Gross Territory Product, wages and salaries paid to Territory workers, population growth, social services and the valuable contribution of volunteers in the community.
INPEX general manager Northern Territory Roland Houareau said the findings identify significant multi-generational benefits for the Territory’s community and local businesses.
Houareau said INPEX and its joint venture participants were proud of the contribution Ichthys LNG continues to make to the Territory, noting that for every full-time job created by Ichthys LNG, a further two jobs are created at another business in Darwin.
“The taxation payments we’re making to the Northern Territory Government are substantial and equivalent to funding the development of two new primary schools every year over the 10-year study period,” he said.
“It’s a privilege for INPEX to call the Northern Territory our second home, and to contribute to the Territory’s economic growth, with about 550 Ichthys LNG families active in the Darwin community.”
Houareau said the contribution of the Ichthys LNG workforce to local communities and organisations is outstanding and includes more than 50,000 hours of volunteering every year.
“Many more people benefit from Ichthys LNG than we initially anticipated, and the social and economic benefits will continue to flow to local businesses and the community for decades to come,” he said.
Minister for Mining and Industry Nicole Manison welcomed the study and the economic and social contribution INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG is continuing to make to the Territory.
“It’s because of developments like this we have world-class jobs right here and the future is bright for this industry, meaning even more jobs for Territorians and benefits to local businesses,” Mansion said.