Govt calls for tenders on Northern Endeavour decommissioning

1st July 2021 By: Esmarie Iannucci - Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor: Australasia

PERTH ( – The federal government has released a Request for Expressions of Interest (REOI) for Phase 1 works to decommission the Northern Endeavour Floating Production Storage and Offtake (FPSO) facility. 

The federal government has been responsible for maintaining the Northern Endeavour and associated subsea facilities since February 2020 after its owners, the Northern Oil and Gas Australia (NOGA) group of companies, were placed in liquidation. The Northern Endeavour stopped producing oil in 2019.

Resources, Water and Northern Australia Minister Keith Pitt said on Thursday that Phase 1 of the decommissioning was the next step in the process to disconnect and decommission the Northern Endeavour from oilfields in the Timor Sea. 

A REOI from the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources has invited qualified and experienced organisations to demonstrate their capability and capacity to undertake the Phase 1 works to decommission and disconnect the FPSO from the related subsea equipment.

“The Australian government committed to decommission the Northern Endeavour last December to remove potential future risks to the environment,” Pitt said. 

“The Department intends to use this process to shortlist organisations for a more detailed Request for Proposal stage later in the year.”

Responses to the REOI are due before July 29.