26 November 2013
Buru Energy lodges Environment Plan for 2014 Tight Gas Program
Buru Energy has today lodged its Environment Plan (EP) with Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP), seeking approval for its proposed pilot exploration program for tight gas in the Canning Basin, in Western Australia’s north-west.
The comprehensive document details Buru Energy’s plans to undertake testing for tight gas flows in the Canning Basin’s Laurel Formation, at depths of about 2,000m-4,000m. The Canning Basin landscape is a vast arid area in the Kimberley, dominated by large grazing properties and desert land.
Subject to approvals, testing in the basin will be carried out using hydraulic fracturing, or fraccing to stimulate the flow of gas from the rock formation. Hydraulic fracturing will be undertaken in four existing wells – two at Yulleroo, about 80km east of Broome, and two at Valhalla/Asgard, about 320km east of Broome.
Buru Energy Managing Director Dr Keiran Wulff said the exploration program for 2014 would help determine the commercial potential of tight gas in the Laurel Formation which may contain the largest onshore natural gas resource in Australia.