Beach Energy discovers new gas field at Otway Basin, South Australia

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Beach Energy declared the discovery of a new gas field at Haselgrove-3 ST1 in the onshore Otway Basin, South Australia. Flow test results indicate a high deliver ability reservoir paving way for commercialization of a large gas resource.

Haselgrove-3 ST1 is located on state forestry land in PPL 62 (Beach 100%), approximately eight kilometers south of Penola. Haselgrove-3 ST1 was drilled as a deviated well to a total measured depth of 4,331 metres and targeted the Sawpit Sandstone and shallower Pretty Hill Sandstone. The well intersected an estimated gross gas column of 104 metres (total vertical thickness (TVT)) in the Sawpit Sandstone, with estimated net pay of 25.6 metres (TVT).

Beach further bids to assume immediate follow-up  testing to assure well deliver-ability and evaluate connected volumes and gas composition.

Initial testing of the Sawpit Sandstone was initiated to enable preliminary evaluation of well deliver-ability and gas composition.

Preparations are underway for beginning initial production test in late January 2018. The IPT is also set to assist field development planning.

Beach’s CEO, Matt Kay, said “We are very encouraged by these results, and to witness in the early stage of testing such strong well deliver ability from an onshore gas field is particularly pleasing. We look forward to continuing our operations in the Otway Basin and are appreciative of ongoing support provided by the local community. We would also like to thank the South Australian
Government for their contribution of the $6 million PACE gas grant, which was a crucial element in Beach’s decision to drill this well.”

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