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Otway Basin Victoria

Otway Basin (Victoria)

The Otway Basin is an onshore and offshore basin which extends approximately 500 kilometres from Cape Jaffa in South Australia to north-west Tasmania.

In Victoria, Beach’s operations in the Otway Basin involve natural gas production from the Halladale and Speculant natural gas fields, as well as the Geographe and Thylacine gas fields, with natural gas being piped and processed at the Otway Gas Plant near Port Campbell.

Once processed, the natural gas is sold to retailers who use it for domestic or commercial consumption in the East Coast gas market.

Otway Gas Plant, Victoria

Otway Gas Plant

otway gas plant

The Otway Gas Plant is located near Port Campbell in south west Victoria.

It started processing natural gas piped from the Geographe and Thylacine offshore production wells in 2006.

In August 2016, natural gas was successfully extracted from the Halladale, Black Watch and Speculant gas fields.

Natural gas from the Halladale 1 and Speculant 1 and 2 production wells are now flowing from through 33km of buried pipeline to the Otway Gas Plant for processing.

Drilling of the Black Watch 1 well was successfully completed on 19 April 2020. The Black Watch 1 well is expected to be tied into the Otway Gas Plant mid-2020.

Once processed, the natural gas from the Otway Gas Plant is sold to retailers who use it for domestic or commercial consumption in the East Coast gas market.

Our Permits

Beach Energy has been granted a new offshore exploration permit in Victorian waters in the Otway Basin, in close proximity to Beach’s existing assets in south west Victoria.

Beach Energy is committed to the safe and sustainable development of natural gas, processed at the Otway Gas Plant near Port Campbell, for use by Victorian households and businesses.

Our focus presently is the delivery of our offshore program, as well as the Enterprise onshore-to-offshore exploration well, which follows the successful drilling of the Black Watch well near Nirranda South earlier this year.

When Beach commences planning for environmental approvals required for any activities in the permit area, we will undertake extensive consultation with the fishing industry with whom Beach already has existing relationships, in addition to a broad range of stakeholders in the community.

We look forward to continuing our positive relationship with the local community, and supporting the economy through local employment and the procurement of local goods and services.

VIEW PERMIT MAP

Pipelines

Beach owns and operates the Halladale Black Watch and Speculant Pipeline (PL006009) and the Otway Raw Gas Pipeline (PL250), which flow the raw natural gas to the Otway Gas Plant. To view information regarding Beach’s pipeline safety awareness, click the link below.

OTWAY PIPELINE SAFETY AWARENESS

Otway Gas Plant Safety Case

The Otway 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 Otway 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.

OTWAY GAS PLANT SAFETY CASE SUMMARY

OTWAY activities

NEARSHORE

Enterprise Project

The Enterprise Project is a program to develop additional offshore natural gas reservoirs in the Victorian Otway Basin. The potential reservoirs are located offshore, up to 3 nautical miles (5.55 km) from the coastline, while the well site will be located onshore near Port Campbell. If Beach determines that the exploration well is commercially viable, a pipeline will be constructed to flow the raw gas for processing at the Otway Gas Plant, for supply to the Australian domestic natural gas market.

Stakeholder consultation is an important part of preparing the project’s Environment Management Plan as it helps identify local issues and concerns, as well as ensuring our planning manages potential impacts.

Beach has commenced engagement with local land holders and community
members and is keen to hear from any community members who would like further information or have any questions about this project.

More information about the Enterprise Project and Enterprise Pipeline Consultation, is available on the information sheet available for download below.

Enterprise Project Information Sheet

Enterprise Pipeline Information Sheet

For more information on the Enterprise Pipeline, click the button below:

ENTERPRISE PIPELINE CONSULTATION

Rig EWG 106 at Haselgrove 4

Black Watch Project

Drilling of the Black Watch 1 well was successfully completed in April 2020. The Black Watch 1 well is expected to be tied into the Otway Gas Plant in the June 2020 quarter.

More information about the project is available on the Halladale, Black Watch and Speculant Project Information Sheet which is available for download below.

Black Watch information sheet

Halladale well head

Halladale and Speculant well head

Extended Reach Drilling

The Enterprise Project and the Halladale, Black Watch and Speculant Project use an ‘extended reach drilling’ method. This allows for offshore natural gas reservoirs to be accessed from an onshore well site.

This proven technology is safe, efficient, has minimal environment impact, and limits the visual impact by avoiding the need for an offshore drill rig.

This method involves drilling up to 2000 metres below the surface, while using directional drilling techniques to steer the well offshore, reaching a total drilling distance of around 6.5 kilometres to the potential gas reservoirs under the seabed.

OFFSHORE

Otway Offshore Project

Otway offshore exploration drilling is being undertaken to develop additional natural gas reserves within existing Commonwealth offshore exploration permits and production licenses, approximately 32 to 80 km from Port Campbell, Victoria.

Stakeholder consultation is an important part of preparing the project’s Environment Plan, it contributes to our understanding of local issues and concerns and ensures our planning manages potential impacts.

Beach has commenced engagement with the commercial fishing sector and other stakeholders and is keen to hear from any community members who would like further information or have any questions about this project.

Download the information sheets below for further information.

OTWAY OFFSHORE PROJECT SUMMARY

DRILLING LOCATIONS AND TIMINGS

Artisan Exploration Drilling EP

OTWAY OFFSHORE DRILLING PROGRAM

OTWAY OFFSHORE PROPOSAL (OPP)

In addition to the seabed assessments for the Otway Offshore Project, Beach is also planning a seabed assessment within its T/30P permit. Download the information sheet by clicking the button below to learn more.

Proposed further Seabed Assessments (T/30P)

COMPLETED SEABED ASSESSMENTS

Thylacine Platform

Image of Thylacine-offshore platform, Otway, in the early morning with calm sea and magnificent crimson sunrise in background

Key facts

  • 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 first held permits for the Otway Basin in the 1970s, and drilled its first commercial natural gas discovery in the basin.
  • Beach provides local employment opportunities at the Otway Gas Plant and local drilling operations
  • Beach is a strong supporter of the local community and undertakes a number of local sponsorships with local clubs and organisations. To view more information on Beach’s community partnerships click the link below:

Community Partnerships

MORE INFORMATION

To learn more about Beach’s operations in the Victorian Otway Basin, contact our Community Relations Manager (Victoria):

Blair McNaught
Community Relations Manager – Victoria
community@beachenergy.com.au

For more information on the petroleum industry regulatory processes in Victoria please visit:

Dept of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (Earth Resources)

To register interest in tendering for key goods and services for the Otway Offshore program, visit the following link:

ICN GATEWAY

Or contact:
Dallas Russell
08 8433 24 10
Dallas.Russell@beachenergy.com.au