Northern Territory Government delegates will head to America today to make a case for investment in the Territory's untapped oil and gas industry.
The government also wants to create the first under water cable system, linking Australia's coast with Asia and North America - a move which could cement Darwin's position as an international data hub and a major telecommunications player.
With the government facing an upcoming election and job opportunities at record lows, the race to turn the Territory around is on.
"Driving jobs and investment opportunities in the Territory is a major priority for this government," Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics, Eva Lawler said.
"More and more people are looking for safe and secure places to store their data, and Darwin is uniquely poised to take advantage of this opportunity with land available and reliable cheap energy to use - that's why this opportunity is so important to the Territory and why we are doing it.
"We will build awareness of the strategic opportunity to provide digital services to the South East Asian markets from Darwin and further promote the NT is open for business - providing opportunities and partnerships to drive our economy and create jobs."
She will be joined by public servants and industry advisors on a nine day oil and gas infrastructure and digital investment attraction trip to the US with two things in mind: to strengthen international relationships and attract business to the Top End.
Discussions will be held with American industry about the opportunities and challenges relating to the onshore oil and gas industry in the Territory, with a strong focus on natural gas infrastructure planning, business attraction for natural gas-related petrochemical facilities, downstream gas processing and workforce planning for the industry.
The Minister will also visit an active well site, processing and fractionation facility, and a pipeline construction site.
And a visit to a large US Defence supplier, will hopefully support the case for the Territory as the best place to base and maintain their fleet of helicopters.
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