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Qantas puts on extra flights to answer APPEA demand

This Sunday 31st May over 1500 oil and gas industry leaders will arrive in Darwin for the largest conference ever held in Darwin, with airline Qantas scheduling extra flights to quell demand.

The new Convention Centre will play host to the APPEA Conference – the largest annual gathering of Australia’s oil and gas industry in the southern hemisphere.

“It is appropriate that this year’s conference is in Darwin because not only has our industry had a long history working in the Northern Territory, over the last 12 months Darwin has cemented its reputation as Australia’s 2nd LNG hub,” said APPEA chief executive Belinda Robinson.

“Australia’s oil and gas industry is growing, currently we have over $200 billion worth of projects on the drawing boards that will, if realised, create 50,000 jobs, deliver an additional $10 billion per year in government revenue and avoid 180 million tonnes of carbon emissions per year.

“Since our last conference we have had Inpex announce its intention to base its LNG project in Darwin contributing to an expected doubling or tripling of LNG exports over the next five to ten years. This will become Darwin’s second LNG facility after the ConocoPhillips operated LNG plant.

“It’s not all LNG though, eni’s $500 million Blacktip gas project is also soon set to supply the majority of Darwin’s gas demand. This activity continues alongside the long term investments that APPEA members such as Santos and Magellan have made for nearly 3 decades now in developing NT’s onshore Amadeus Basin.”

The Darwin community will recognise the APPEA conference delegates by the bright red APPEA conference satchels they will be carrying. These satchels have been packed by local Darwin business HPA Incorporated.

“APPEA is delighted to support this special not-for-profit organisation that provides opportunities for people with disabilities to learn skills and to engage in meaningful employment,” Robinson said.

This conference is so big and the demand to come to Australia’s 2nd LNG hub has been so strong that Qantas has had to put on extra flights, say the APPEA organisers.

APPEA has arranged a conference shuttle bus service that will run from the airport and Darwin hotels to ferry conference attendees to and from the event. Conference events will be held around the city including a pre and post conference tours program.

A Full Conference Program is available at

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