Otway Basin

Otway Basin South Australia

The Otway Basin is an onshore and offshore basin that extends from the South East of South Australia across the western coast of Victoria to Cape Otway.

Beach Energy is actively undertaking onshore gas drilling activities in South East South Australia, and extended reach drilling (onshore-to-offshore) in western Victoria. 

Current status

In September 2017, Beach commenced the drilling of a conventional well, Haselgrove-3, to target gas in its existing permit PPL-62. 

In early 2019, Beach will commence drilling two new wells, an exploration well named Dombey-1 targeting conventional gas in PEL 494 and an appraisal well Haselgrove-4 targeting conventional gas not far from the existing Haselgrove-3 well in PPL 62 (media release).

In addition, Beach is undertaking the design and approvals process of developing a new gas processing facility to replace the existing Katnook gas plant which operated continuously between 1991 and 2013, providing natural gas to the south east.  The new gas plant will process gas from the successful discovery at Haslegrove-3. The old plant will be removed and the new facility is scheduled to become operational by the end of 2019.

Beach Energy is committed to working with the local communities in which it operates and aims to be a good corporate citizen by financially supporting local community groups, as well as the local economy through the procurement of goods and services wherever possible. 

Key facts about gas drilling in the South East  

  • Safety and environmental sustainability are priorities for Beach, and only proven technologies are used in our operations
  • Beach does not undertake any fracture stimulation (fracking) activities in the Otway Basin
  • The first exploration wells were drilled in the South East in 1880’s and Beach was first active in the region in the late 1960’s
  • More than $1.4 million was spent on procuring local goods and services during the drilling of Haselgrove-3

Consultation – Production Operations, Statement of Environmental Objectives  

Beach is committed to keeping the local community informed of its operations in the region and has a full time Regional Manager based in the South East.

Glenn Toogood
Phone:     0437 027 672
Email:      glenn.toogood@beachenergy.com.au

As per its requirement under legislation, Beach has developed a draft  Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and Statement of Environmental Objectives (SEO) to support the development of the Haselgrove 3 discovery. Concurrent to this process Beach is reviewing its existing approved EIR and SEO for drilling activities in the region as there is a requirement to review the documents every 5 years.

Beach encourages anyone who would like to comment on our activities, in particular the EIR and SEO for production activities to review these documents over the coming 4-week public review period closing on 31 August and submit comments using this proforma <link> and email to consultation@beachenergy.com.au. The revised EIR and SEO for drilling activities are being finalised and will be uploaded to the website in the coming weeks.

Further information

Click here to read the current SEO, and here for the current EIR

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