Darwin, Australia, is making the most of its resources and becoming a leading light in mining, oil and gas and energy throughout the Asia Pacific region and the world.

The Northern Territory is ranked eighth in the world in terms of mineral prospects, providing the majority of Australia’s exports of uranium, bauxite and manganese and feeding a global mineral resources boom led by China. Mining is the single most significant contributor of gross state profit (GSP), accounting for A$2.5 billion in revenue each year and directly employing more than 4,600 people. Overall, petroleum mining and petroleum make up more than 20 per cent of GSP, making them vital to local development.

As one of the world’s emerging leaders in mining and energy and boasting expert local knowledge, the city has become a meeting hub for tackling challenging issues such as sustainable development, process improvements, ecological risks, security, and safety.

Janet Hamilton, General Manager of the Darwin Convention Centre, said: “With close proximity to Asia, a warm and friendly culture, year-round tropical climate and fast growing economy, Darwin is an ideal business events destination for Australian and Asian delegates. We aim to attract associations that are looking for a relaxed atmosphere and first-class facilities to meet and plan their future strategies.”

The state’s Department of Mines and Energy team drives future investment through the A$3.95 million Creating Opportunities for Resource Exploration (CORE) programme, an initiative that promotes the prospectivity of the Territory to explorers and investors, as well as supplying new generation geoscientific data, and supporting companies with licences and mining titles and land access issues.

The state also promotes the opportunities in a variety of energy-related areas, including oil, gas, petroleum, geothermal and alternative energy. Harbour capital Darwin is a maintenance and operations hub for the Asia-Pacific oil and gas industry. Major projects such as the ConocoPhillips Darwin LNG, ENI Blacktip Gas, BOC Helium and INPEX LNG reflect Darwin’s capabilities. Sustainable living is a cornerstone of the Territory’s future strategic plan. By 2020, the Northern Territory will have replaced diesel as the primary source of power generation in remote communities with renewable and low-emission energy sources. The Centre for Renewable Energy, a partnership between Charles Darwin University and the Northern Territory Government, drives innovation in the green energy field with research including amorphous silicon solar cells design, fluid mechanics and turbines, biomass production, hydraulic and hydrodynamic modelling and rural development.

The development of the AustralAsia Trade Route, which fully integrates railway, port, and road networks, has boosted Darwin’s strategic position as Australia’s gateway to Asia. With just a four-hour flight time to Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Ho Chi Minh City, Darwin is the closest Australian convention city to South East Asia, leading to a growing number of Australasian and South East Asian associations choosing Darwin as their preferred conference destination. Indeed, Darwin Convention Centre is set to welcome over 7,000 national and Asian delegates in an event-packed conference season from July to November this year.

These include the 7th Annual NT Resources Week will run from 25 – 27 August, which sees the South East Asia Australia Offshore and Onshore Conference run alongside the Mining the Territory and Building the Territory Conference. This dedicated week brings together leading personal in petroleum, mining, exploration, engineering, construction and gas to meet and discuss the latest developments within Northern Australian and South East Asia.

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