Drilling and exploration

  • Queensland opens more land for exploration

    The Queensland government has released another large expanse of land for gas exploration.

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  • Well drilling approved at Reid’s Dome Gas Project

    The joint operating committee for the Reid’s Dome Gas Project has approved the drilling of the Nyanda-4 well located in Queensland’s Bowen Basin.

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  • Lakes Oil files in Victorian Court of Appeal

    Lakes Oil has filed documents in the Victorian Court of Appeal over a decision in favour of the Victorian gas moratorium.

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  • Exxon closes in on drilling Dory prospect

    ExxonMobil could begin drilling its massive Dory prospect in Bass Strait this week, in what could be one of the largest gas discoveries seen in the region for decades.

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  • Esso begins gas exploration program

    Esso Deepwater Gippsland, a subsidiary of ExxonMobil, has commenced a new offshore gas exploration drilling program in the Gippsland Basin.

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  • Santos develops fourth Cooper rig

    Santos has begun operating a fourth rig in the Cooper Basin to further exploration for natural gas.

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  • Barikewa-3 well strikes gas

    Joint venture (JV) partners Santos, Oil Search and Cue have discovered a significant gas resource in the Barikewa-3 well in Papua New Guinea.

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  • Galilee shows potential

    The Australian reported exploration in the region, which is yet to have any commercial gas reserves proved up, has seen pipeline operators begin preliminary talks to build connectors to the east coast grid. Companies currently exploring the region include Galilee Energy, Vintage Energy and Comet Ridge, which recently reported that they believed the expanse showed significant potential. The news comes after Venice Energy predicted new gas shortages on the east coast could emerge as early as the middle of 2019,…

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  • Real Energy completes diagnostic fracture injection test

    Real Energy has completed a diagnostic fracture injection test (DFIT) on the Tamarama-3 well at its Cooper Basin-located Windorah Gas Project.

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  • Cooper Sole-3 flow-back testing proves successful

    Cooper Energy's first two production wells for its Sole Gas Project (Sole-3) have experienced successful testing of clean up and flow-back operations.

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  • Barossa contracts secured

    The Barossa-Caldita Joint Venture has made progress on the front end engineering and design (FEED) phase of the Barossa offshore project with the award of three major engineering contracts.

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  • Sole-3 reservoir complete

    Cooper Energy has drilled the Sole-3 gas well to a total depth (TD) and intersected the reservoir, recording gas observations consistent with pre-drill expectations.

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  • Iona upgrade underway

    Expansion works have commenced at Lochard Energy's Iona Gas Plant in Port Campbell, Victoria, which will enable underground gas storage at the plant.

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  • Queensland leads exploration activity

    Queensland's $56 billion resource industry continues to outperform other states in exploration activity, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

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  • Dorado-1 drilling underway

    Quadrant Energy and Carnarvon Petroleum have commenced drilling at the Dorado-1 well in WA-437-P in the Roebuck Basin, offshore Western Australia.

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  • Glenaras skids installed

    Surface facilities, including separator and metering skids and flowlines, are currently being installed at the Glenaras Gas Project in ATP 2019 in Queensland.

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  • FID reached for Arcadia

    Santos and its GLNG partners will invest more than $400 million in the 137-well Arcadia gas project in the Bowen Basin in Queensland.

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  • Sole drilling progresses

    Cooper Energy's drilling operations at its Sole Gas Project in VIC/L32 in the Gippsland Basin, offshore Victoria, have been hit by heavy weather.

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  • Leigh Creek closer to first gas

    Leigh Creek Energy has received the second of the three Activity Notifications (AN) required to move towards demonstrating gas flow at the Leigh Creek Energy Project (LCEP).

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  • Glenaras closing in on production

    Galilee Energy has successfully installed electric submersible pumps (ESPs) in the Glenaras-10L and Glenaras-12L wells.

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  • Central spuds Mereenie well

    Central Petroleum has spudded the West Mereenie-26 well located in the North Mereenie Block in EP 115, west of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory.

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  • Tamarama-3 hits gas

    Real Energy's Tamarama-3 gas well in ATP 927P in Queensland's Cooper-Eromanga Basin has encountered gas plays.

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  • Leigh Creek to commence construction

    Leigh Creek Energy has received approval of the first of three Activity Notifications (AN), meaning it can commence site construction activities.

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  • Cooper awarded Gippsland permit

    Cooper Energy has been awarded the offshore exploration permit VIC/P72 located in the Gippsland Basin, offshore Victoria.

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  • Leigh Creek modules complete

    Workshop fabrication of the pre-commercial demonstration (PCD) modules are complete for the Leigh Creek Energy Project (LCEP) in South Australia.

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  • NT fracking moratorium lifted

    Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner today announced the NT Government had accepted all 135 recommendations of the independent fracking inquiry.

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