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Beach puts forward Otway Basin environmental plan

Beach Energy has delivered two key environmental reports that outline how the company would safely manage geophysical activities at its South Australian permits in the future.

The company has published the environmental impact report (EIR) and its accompanying statement of environmental objectives (SEO) on a new South East survey website, with public consultation open until October 18.

Beach’s EIR relates to its ongoing geophysical operations located within licence areas in the Otway Basin onshore South Australia. However, it does not cover other petroleum activities such as drilling, well operations, fracture stimulation, production or processing operations.

The company’s licences in the Otway Basin include petroleum exploration licence (PEL) 494, petroleum retention licences (PRLs) 1, 2, 13, 32 and petroleum production licences (PPLs) 62, 168 and 202.

Beach plans to undertake geophysical operations in the licence area to identify and delineate potential hydrocarbon prospects.

The Otway Basin is approximately 500km long from Cape Jaffa in South Australia to north-west Tasmania, covering both onshore and offshore.

In South Australia, Beach is undertaking a program of onshore conventional gas drilling activities in the South Australian Otway Basin, near Penola.

At the conclusion of the consultation period, public feedback will be addressed, with a summary of the company’s responses provided in an amended version of the EIR and the SEO prior to the submission to the state government for assessment.