The Northern Territory Government has today taken the next big step towards developing its Middle Arm Sustainable Development Precinct in Darwin as a new clean energy, investment and jobs powerhouse.
Powered by renewables and lower-emissions energy, the precinct is being developed to attract industries that reflect what the Territory’s future economy will look like – including hydrogen, carbon capture, natural gas, advanced manufacturing and minerals processing.
To give interested companies certainty as they develop projects at Middle Arm, the Territory Government has issued ‘not to deal’ commitments to five proponents over specific parcels of land at the precinct.
These commitments mean that their preferred sites in Middle Arm will be set aside for up to 12 months to provide each proponent confidence and certainty to continue developing their proposals.
The proponents are:
Collectively, these projects represent tens of billions of dollars in capital investment, with the entire Middle Arm development creating around 20,000 jobs in the Territory.
Northern Territory Chief Minister Natasha Fyles (pictured) said Middle Arm was about building the Territory’s future.
Fyles said: “This is about new sources of renewable and low-emissions energy, new investment, new industries, and most importantly, new jobs for Territorians.
“I can give you 20,000 good reasons why this is important.
“This will create new, permanent, long-term jobs for the Territory, and that’s what matters to me. Clean energy jobs are the future, and that’s the future we’re building for the Territory.
“We’re absolutely committed to growing our economy while also transitioning to net zero emissions, and Middle Arm will play a huge part in that transition.”
The nominated companies will now progress their facility designs, engineering work and pre-feasibility studies and environmental approvals.
They will be required to comply with all conditions set by the NT EPA as part of the Strategic Environmental Assessment process for the precinct which is currently underway, according to a statement.
Middle Arm is attracting significant interest and will enable the development of an interconnected hydrogen industry and utilise carbon capture, to accelerate low emission industry development.
A Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage Hub as part of the Middle Arm Sustainable Development Precinct will also be developed to mitigate emissions from existing and future natural gas processing, and will accelerate low-emission industry development, including hydrogen production.
Picture: NT Chief Minister Natasha Fyles