Decommissioning the Northern Endeavour

The Australian Government has committed to decommissioning the Northern Endeavour Floating Production Storage and Offtake facility and remediating the associated Laminaria-Corallina oil fields.

The decommissioning follows the liquidation of the owner of the Northern Endeavour, the Northern Oil and Gas Australia (NOGA) group of companies in 2020.

The government investigated options to manage the Northern Endeavour in response to NOGA’s liquidation.

Decommissioning the facility and remediating associated oil fields was determined to be the most cost-effective way to:

  • remove future potential risks; and
  • protect the environment.

The Commonwealth’s costs of decommissioning the Laminaria-Corallina oil fields and associated infrastructure will be recouped through the Laminaria and Corallina Decommissioning Cost Recovery Levy.

The Levy is an important measure to ensure that taxpayers are not left to pay for the decommissioning and remediation of the oilfields and associated infrastructure.

Decommissioning projects

Decommissioning and remediation will likely take several years and involve 3 phases:

  • Phase 1: Decommissioning and disconnecting the facility from the subsea equipment.
  • Phase 2: Permanent plugging and well abandonment.
  • Phase 3: Removing subsea infrastructure and remediation of the Laminaria and Corallina fields.

Experienced contractors are undertaking:

Petrofac Facilities Management Limited will deliver Phase 1 as the lead contractor and is the registered operator of the facility.

Oct 2022

New milestone for Northern Endeavour decommissioning

Petrofac Facilities Management Limited takes operational control of the Northern Endeavour floating production storage and offtake facility.
Apr 2022

Petrofac Facilities Management Limited to lead Phase 1 of decommissioning the Northern Endeavour

We have conducted a global, competitive, multi-stage tender for Phase 1 of the Northern Endeavour decommissioning. Today we announced the contractor who has been engaged to deliver this $324.89m contract.

Reviews and consultations

Independent review into the circumstances leading to the administration and liquidation of Northern Oil and Gas Australi...

The Northern Oil and Gas Australia Pty Ltd (NOGA) group of companies entered into voluntary administration in September 2019. It was placed into liquidation in February 2020.

Laminaria-Corallina oilfields decommissioning levy: consultation open

We are seeking feedback on certain design parameters of a temporary levy to recoup the costs of decommissioning and remediating the Laminaria-Corallina oilfields and associated infrastructure

The facility

The Northern Endeavour is a 274m long Floating Production Storage and Offtake facility. It is permanently moored between the Laminaria and Corallina oil fields. Its location is approximately 550 km northwest of Darwin in the Timor Sea.