Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Petroleum company denies targeting coal seam gas near Derby - ABC Kimberley WA - Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Petroleum company denies targeting coal seam gas near Derby - ABC Kimberley WA - Australian Broadcasting Corporation

An oil and gas exploration company has ruled out exploring for coal seam gas (CSG) near the West Kimberley town of Derby. Oil Basins Limited has previously identified a well three kilometres from the town as a "...priority exploration target for CSG." 
Oil Basins Limited holds the operating share for gas exploration, and is the preferred applicant in the 'Derby Block' exploration tenement. The tenement takes in over 5,000 square kilometres north from the Great Northern Highway to the King Sound, including the lower Fitzroy River and the entire Derby town site. The company has assessed the area to contain large unconventional and conventional gas and oil reserves.

West Australian
Tuesday 5/11/2013
Page: 3
SectionBusiness News
Apache joins Buru in search of Kimberley riches
Peter Klinger

Apache has joined the rush into the Canning Basin amid industry hopes the region in the Kimberley could contain one of the world's great untappedhydrocarbon resources.

Already one of the biggest sup­ pliers to W.N.s gas market, Apache has struck a deal to invest in some of Buru Energy's extensive Canning Basin permits ina deal worth at least $32 million.

Apache joins fellow Conoco­ Phillips Hess Corp, PetroChina and Buru's original joint venture partner, Mitsubishi, in trying to strike it rich in the shalegas-prospective Canning Basin.

The deal will include Apache paying for two exploration wells next year on what Buru has termed its coastal permits, south of Broome. Apache can earn an interest of up to 50 per cent, cutting Buru and its partner Mitsubishi Corp to 25 per cent each.

Buru managing director Keiran Wulff described the coastal permits and the so-called Acacia permitsin which Apache also plans to farm-in, as non-core given his company's focus on developing the Ungani oil field.

Buru and Mitsubishi next year want to approve an Ungani oil development producing about 5000 barrels a day.

Despite the basin's hyped potential, little drilling has happened as players grapple with the logistical challenges and secure the necessary approvals.


  1. Australian lawyers back call for independent Montara oil spill investigation

    The Australian Lawyers Alliance has called for an independent investigation into the impacts of the 2009 Montara oil spill.

    Millions of litres of light crude leaked into the Timor Sea between Australia, East Timor and the Indonesian province of East Nusa Tenggara, including West Timor, during the disaster.

    The alliance says claims by West Timorese that more than a dozen people have died from exposure to oil and dispersants need to be investigated.

    There are also claims fishing communities have suffered massive loss of income.

    Australia's Environment Department says there's no evidence anyone died as a result of the spill.

    It says monitoring of the environmental impact is continuing.

    A Centre for Energy and Environmental Studies in Jakarta interim report on the damage in 2012 found the oil and chemical dispersants used are still affecting marine ecosystems and costing coastal communities more than $AU1.5 billion per year in lost earnings.

    Sunday marked four years since the plugging of the wellhead after weeks of leakage.

    The owners of the oil platform, PTTEP Australasia, has accepted responsibility for the incident.

  2. http://www.afr.com/p/world/scientists_cast_doubt_on_future_49CchVKk3P51vzuX7b9R5O

    Scientists cast doubt on future of shale gas

    Surging oil and gas production is nudging the United States closer to energy independence. But new research suggests the boom could peter out long before it reaches this goal.

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