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Monday, 18 June 2012
Fullerton Cove Pilot Project Approved
NSW Government has given Dart Energy approval to drill pilot coal seam gas
wells north east of Newcastle. Local residents are concerned about
contamination of nearby RAMSAR listed wetlands, the Hunter River estuary and
the Tomaree Sands groundwater system which is a component of their water
supply. This is compounded by the history of earthquakes and floods in the
Pease, Echonetwork, Port Stephens - to
NSW government Inquiry into CSG at
the approval Dart Energy’s share price is today at 17.5 cents just above it’s
all time low of 16 cents in May 2012.
Dart Energy ASX Release
Energy (ASX:DTE, “Dart”) is pleased to announce that it has received government
regulatory approvals to drill its proposed pilot wells north east of Newcastle
in PEL458. The company has also secured the necessary land access agreements,
is in advanced negotiations to secure a drilling rig and will commence site
preparation in the coming weeks.
approval is a significant step forward for the company’s business in Australia
and progression of Dart’s first Gas Sales Agreement (GSA) in NSW with Maria’s
Farm Veggies Pty Ltd (“MFV”).
commenced its application for regulatory approval for the Fullerton Cove
production pilot in September 2011, with the submission of a Review of
Environmental Factors (“REF”). The REF has been reviewed and now approved by
the Australian Federal Government Department of Sustainability, Environment,
Water, Population and Communities, the Independent Expert Scientific Committee
on Coal Seam Gas (CSG) and Coal Mining and the NSW Department of Trade and
Investment Regional Infrastructure and Services (NSW Trade and Investment).
pilot wells will target the prospective Borda and Medowie coal seams within the
measures at depths between 650m and 700m using horizontal well drilling
lateral wells will each extend approximately 1000m into the coal seams giving a
total of 4000m of in-seam access to optimise gas drainage potential. Each
lateral will intersect a single vertical well and gas will be produced from the
vertical well. Hydraulic fracturing will not be required.
of the Fullerton Cove pilot is a further step towards first gas to the Maria’s
Farm Veggies project as part of the GSA terms with MFV announced on 7 December
2011. It will also facilitate a greatly improved understanding of the gas
resource in PEL458, potentially leading to reserves bookings and further gas
CEO Australia, Robbert de Weijer said “the approval of the Fullerton Cove pilot
project is a major milestone for Dart in PEL458 and towards our commitment to
both Maria’s Farm Veggies and sustainable gas supply to the NSW domestic