Empire secures NT approvals for Carpentaria

Empire Energy has received Northern Territory Government approvals for the drilling of the Carpentaria-1 in the eastern sector of the Beetaloo Sub-Basin. Following the government’s approvals for drilling, Empire has announced it will finalise the well design and carry out formal tendering with service providers. Capentaria-1 is planned as a vertical well in Empire’s 100 …

Empire seismic testing reveals NT shale potential

Empire Energy is targeting a shale exploration well in the Northern Territory by mid-year following a successful seismic acquisition program. The company completed the processing and interpretation of the recently-acquired (231-line kilometre) 2D seismic data set in its 100 per cent owned EP187 permit in the Northern Territory. Located across the eastern sector of the …

Falcon optimistic despite Kyalla operational difficulties

Falcon Oil & Gas has announced that the vertical section of the Kyalla 117 well in the Beetaloo Sub-Basin in the Northern Territory has been successfully and safely completed. Drilling of the horizontal production hole section, with a target length of 1000m to 2000m, commenced in early December. However, the company revealed after reaching a …

Canavan: Australia should “embrace” shale

Senator Canavan has been in the US meeting with representatives from Chevron and The Australian reported he has used the trip to argue for greater investment in onshore gas exploration in Australia, particularly in the northern part of the country. “The Beetaloo Basin would be the first major shale basin in the Asia-Pacific region,” said …

Empire completes NT seismic

Empire has completed the acquisition phase of its 2D seismic program in EP187 in the NT. Velseis, the company which conducted the operation, has now commenced processing the data that will be interpreted along with seismic information from neighbouring tenements. Empire said its technical team had reviewed the data and determined it to be of …

NT approves first onshore exploration since lifting ban

Santos’ environmental management plan (EMP) for drilling operations in the McArthur Basin was approved by NT Environment and Natural Resources Minister Eva Lawler, making it the first such approval for shale gas operations onshore NT since the moratorium on hydraulic fracturing was lifted in April 2018. Santos will drill the Tanumbirini 2H and Inacumba 1/1H …

NT completes onshore gas code of practice

The NT Government announced yesterday it had finalised the code, which resulted in the majority of the 135 recommendations from last year’s Independent Scientific Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing being implemented. The code outlines enforceable standards around issues such as well operations, surface activities and methane emissions and, in response to public submissions received during the …

NT to hold gas investment meetings

According to the Katherine Times, the sessions will take place this week in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne and will be headed by the NT’s strategic economic development initiative: Team NT Executive. The goal of the sessions will be to harness investment opportunities by highlighting prospective onshore gas developments in the NT and outlining the local …

Blue Energy: Labor funding a “game-changer”

Last week, Bill Shorten announced Labor would scrap the Northern Australia Infrastructure Fund if victorious at the upcoming election and replace it with a new fund which would see $1.5 billion geared towards new gas pipelines in Queensland’s Galilee and Bowen basins, as well as the Beetaloo Basin in the Northern Territory. The pipelines would …