Melbana updates Beehive oil production target

Melbana Energy has increased its best estimate prospective resource for the Beehive prospect in the Bonaparte Gulf, Northern Territory, to more than 400 million barrels. With results of an assessment of the Beehive 3D seismic data acquired across the prospect, Melbana has recorded a 7 per cent increase from 388 million barrels of oil equivalent. …

Beetaloo project back on track: Falcon

Falcon Oil & Gas is set to commence fracture stimulation of Kyalla 117 well in the third and fourth quarter of this year, as part of its Beetaloo project in the Northern Territory. The company reported that it has also extended production testing for the well, with initial results from the production test expected during …

Central, AGIG join forces for new Amadeus to Moomba pipeline

Central Petroleum has signed an agreement with Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG) and Macquarie Mereenie to progress a final investment decision (FID) for the Amadeus to Moomba gas pipeline (AMGP). The AMGP is a proposed new gas transmission pipeline that would provide direct access from the Amadeus Basin in the Northern Territory to the Moomba …

Santos prepares for Bayu-Undan decommissioning

Santos has submitted an environmental plan to the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) for the decommissioning of a pipeline between the Bayu-Undan platform and the Darwin liquified natural gas (DLNG) plant. The Australian regulator is assessing the application, which also includes: pipeline section cutting and removal and end capping at the …

Schlumberger locks in Empire drilling contract

Empire Energy has executed a rig services contract with Schlumberger for the drilling of the Carpentaria-1 well in the Beetaloo Sub-Basin, Northern Territory. Following a competitive tender process, Empire selected Schlumberger Land Rigs 183 rig to drill, case, and suspend the Carpentaria-1 well in permit EP187. The company outlined that rig 183 is the most …

Central progresses work at Range, Amadeus

Central Petroleum has continued to focus on progressing its growth activities, including the Range gas project in Queensland and the Amadeus project in the Northern Territory, during the June quarter. The Range project, a joint venture between Central (50 per cent) and Incitec Pivot Queensland Gas (50 per cent), is a 77km2 tenement (ATP 2031) …

Empire lines up Carpentaria drilling contractor

Empire Energy is “on the eve of exciting advances” with the company expecting to drill its first well in the Beetaloo sub-Basin, Northern Territory during the current quarter. The Carpentaria-1 well’s upcoming drilling program represents a key milestone in the development of the company’s 100 per cent owned, 14.5 million acre shale petroleum project. With …

Jadestone gets nod for Montara project

Jadestone Energy has received an approval to drill a new development well in its Montara field and undertake workover plans at the Skua field, both in the Timor Sea. The approval from the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) concerns drilling and workover activities that are scheduled to commence during the second …

Downer secures contracts with Santos

Downer has been awarded a number of contracts in the oil and gas sector with Santos and at the Darwin liquified natural gas facility in the Northern Territory. The company has secured a three-year framework agreement with Santos for the provision of multi-discipline works across exisiting upstream operational sites. Santos advised that the scope of …

Santos, Armour to accelerate South Nicholson prospects

Santos and Armour Energy have amended their South Nicholson Basin farm-in agreement in a bid to accelerate the permitting process. As part of the farmin agreement, Santos has the right to earn a 70 per cent interest in Armour’s North Queensland tenements, being ATP1087 (granted), and the applications areas in Queensland ATP1107, ATP1192 and ATP1193, …