Otway Basin

Beach has a long history of participation in exploration and development activities in the Otway Basin, stretching back to the early 1960’s. Current exploration, development and production assets are located onshore in both the South Australian and Victorian sections of the  Otway Basin. Included in these assets is the Katnook Gas/condensate Plant and associated Production Licences. The Otway is prospective for conventional gas and oil as well as unconventional gas and liquids. 

September 2017 Quarter

Operated Exploration
Penola Trough – PPL62
Beach 100%
Beach commenced drilling operations in the onshore Otway Basin with spudding of Haselgrove-3, a conventional gas exploration well. Haselgroveā€3 is located on state forestry land approximately eight kilometres south of Penola. The well is proximal to Beach’s Katnook gas processing facility and pipeline network, and the SEA Gas transmission system.

Haselgrove-3 is targeting the Pretty Hill and Sawpit sandstones. At quarter-end, Haselgrove-3 was drilling ahead at 798 metres, with a total vertical depth target of approximately 3,900 metres.
Haselgrove-3 Conventional gas well - South Australia PPL 62
Drilling of Haselgrove-3 is being supported by the South Australian Government through the Plan for Accelerating Exploration gas grant scheme, which aims to bring new gas to market within three years. Under the terms of the $6 million grant, if a discovery at Haselgrove-3 is deemed to be commercial, Beach will enter bilateral negotiations with prospective South Australian customers for supply of gas at prevailing market terms.
For more information please see:

Media Release - Protecting the States Groundwater - 20 July 2017 – 

Media Release - Haselgrove-3 location - 11 July 2017 – 

Media Release - 24 May 2017 – 

Media Release - 17 March 2017 –

ASX Release –

Haselgrove-3 Fact Sheet –

Haselgrove-3 Frequently Asked Questions –

Community Engagement

Community engagement will be a focus of our program.  Please keep an eye on this page for information about upcoming community information sessions in the South East.  In the mean time if you would like to speak to Beach about the project please contact:

Group Executive Exploration and Development – Jeff Schrull
Regional Manager, South East - Glenn Toogood

Email:      info@beachenergy.com.au
Phone:     08 8338 2833

Public information sessions 

Public Information Sessions –

Other useful information

Otway Basin –Environmental Impact Report –

Statement of Environmental Objectives –

Beach Energy Sustainability Report FY16 –

For more information the petroleum industry regulatory processes please visit the Department of State Development at:

For more information about the oil and gas industry please visit:

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