BASS BASIN (victoria)
The Bass Basin is located offshore between the southern tip of Victoria and the northern margin of Tasmania in the shallow waters of Bass Strait.
In the Bass Basin, Beach extracts natural gas from the Yolla field, transporting it to shore via a 147 kilometre subsea pipeline. There, it joins the 32km-long raw gas pipeline to the BassGas processing plant near Lang Lang in Victoria.
Once processed, the gas from the Lang Lang Gas Plant is sold to retailers who use it for domestic or commercial consumption in the East Coast natural gas market.
- Safety and environmental sustainability are priorities for Beach, and only proven technologies are used in our operations
- Beach does not undertake any fracture stimulation (fraccing) activities in Victoria
- Beach is a supporter of the local community and undertakes a number of local sponsorships with local clubs and organisations (link to partnerships page
- Beach acquired its interests in the BassGas Project via the Lattice and Toyota Tsusho acquisitions in 2018.
- Gas and liquids within the Yolla field are extracted from a sandstone reservoir over 3km in depth through four wells via the Yolla offshore platform which is located in 80 metres of water.
- Beach Energy is the operating partner of the BassGas joint venture which also includes AWE Limited and Prize Petroleum International Pte Ltd.
- The Yolla-A facility has been designed such that it can be fully operated from either the onshore gas plant Central Control Room at Lang Lang or the offshore control panel on the platform.
Construction of BassGas began in 2001.
Installation of offshore platform Yolla-A, drilling of Yolla-3 and Yolla-4 development wells, and the construction of an export pipeline and Lang Lang Gas Plant were completed in 2004. Gas production began in 2006.
Two additional production wells, Yolla-5 and Yolla-6, were drilled in 2015 and commenced production in August of that year.
The BassGas Operations Environment Plan is reviewed every five years. The current Environment Plan can be viewed here https://info.nopsema.gov.au/activities/41/show_public
Lang Lang Gas Plant Safety Case
The Lang Lang Gas Plant is licensed as a Major Hazard Facility in accordance with the Victorian Occupational Health and Safety Regulations and is required to have a Safety Case in place. The Safety Case is assessed by WorkSafe Victoria and provides the basis for the facility licensing decision. The document below presents a summary of the Lang Lang Gas Plant Safety Case and is provided to the local community and municipal councils in accordance with the requirements of the Victorian OH&S Regulations.
Prion Seismic Survey
Beach Energy is planning to undertake a three-dimensional (3D) marine seismic survey (the Prion Survey) to enable assessment of the natural gas reservoirs in Commonwealth offshore retention licenses (see map).
The Prion Survey is expected to start approximately end of October 2021 and take around 50 days, subject to delays due to inclement weather and avoidance of whales if required.
The Environment Plan (EP) for the Prion Survey was accepted by the National Offshore Petroleum Safety Management Authority (NOPSEMA) on 9 September 2021 and can be viewed here.
Beach is conducting biomass and impact assessment of potential new scallop beds in a small south-west part of the survey area, and has a fair compensation procedure in the event of a direct economic loss to a fisher due to the survey. See further information below.
Upon completion of the Prion Survey, Beach will be conducting a collaborative research project to trial emerging seismic survey technologies and at the same time, research the sound impacts to scallop and lobster from the new and traditional seismic sound sources. The marine species research will be carried out by leading Australian research institutions. See further information below.
Beach owns and operates the BassGas Raw Gas Pipeline (PL243) and the BassGas Sales Pipeline (PL244) which flow the raw natural gas to the Lang Lang Gas Plant. To view information regarding Beach’s pipeline safety awareness, click the link below.
Suspended Wells – inspection and maintenance
Within Beach’s Bass Basin leases and licence there are three exploration wells: Trefoil-1; White Ibis-1 and Yolla-1. These wells are suspended and isolated from hydrocarbon zones, managed in accordance with a Wells Operation Management Plan to ensure well integrity, and planning is underway for their future decommissioning, a process called ‘plug and abandonment’.
In the meantime, Beach is currently preparing an Environment Plan for the routine inspection and maintenance activities in the Wells Operation Management Plan.
Beach is currently progressing the Trefoil opportunity in the Bass Basin, which if developed would ensure a continued supply of gas to the BassGas plant at Lang Lang, extending the life of the asset.
The Trefoil discovery is close to existing infrastructure, located ~38km west of the Yolla production platform in Commonwealth waters.
Trefoil has the potential to be a material development which Beach is currently progressing towards the FEED stage, with the Concept Select Phase now completed.
Beach is targeting Final Investment Decision on Trefoil in H1 FY23, with potential for first gas from H2 FY25, subject to necessary internal and external approvals.
Trefoil Seabed Assessment
Beach is planning further development of the Bass offshore natural gas reserves within existing Commonwealth offshore exploration permits and production licences. Seabed assessments, including geotechnical and geophysical activities, are required to determine the suitable locations for drilling and installation of infrastructure to connect new production wells to the existing Yolla Platform.
Beach has carried out stakeholder consultation in the preparation of the Environment Plan for the seabed assessment activities. The accepted Environment Plan can be viewed at https://info.nopsema.gov.au/activities/414/show_public
The geophysical survey was completed in June 2020 and the geotechnical activities are expected to be completed before 31 December 2023. Beach will continue to engage stakeholders and provide advanced notice of the further activities once a commencement date is determined.
Download the information sheet below for further information.
To learn more about Beach’s operations in the Victorian Otway Basin, contact our Community Relations Manager (Victoria):
Community Relations Manager – Victoria
For more information on the petroleum industry regulatory processes in Victoria please visit:
To register interest in tendering for key goods and services for the Trefoil program, please visit the following link:
Ph. + 61 8433 2322