Charles Darwin University (CDU) has an officially opened its $7 million North Australian Centre for Oil and Gas (NACOG), which it says is at the vanguard of research and training for the Northern Territory’s burgeoning oil and gas industry.


Officially opened by Territory Chief Minister Terry Mills, the Centre was built with support from the Territory Government and the oil and gas industry through a INPEX, Total and other participants in the Ichthys LNG Project Joint Venture.


CDU Vice-Chancellor Professor Barney Glover said the opening of NACOG signalled a new phase of development for the university in which its education, training and research capabilities would be further strengthened.


“The state-of-the-art building has teaching and training facilities for both Vocational Education and Training (VET) and Higher Education, which will not only encourage more students to consider careers in the resources sector but it will also help to expand the locally based workforce,” Professor Glover said.


“The facility’s Process Plant Control Room Training Laboratory, which will be used by students in Certificates II and III in Process Plant Operations, has been set up in collaboration with Honeywell and resembles the actual control room at ConocoPhillips DLNG.”