Basin review, Cooper Basin, Projects, Surat Basin

Hornet gas field pre-commissioning for first gas sales

Senex has completed a flow test of the Hornet-1 gas well during which gas flowed to surface at a rate of more than two million cubic feet (cf) per day. The well has been completed for production and the surface facilities, including the separation equipment and flowlines, have been installed.

The pipeline connecting the Hornet field to the Santos-operated South Australian Cooper Basin Joint Venture (SACB JV) network at the Allambi field is ready for commissioning.

The gas sales agreement with the SACB JV provides for the supply of unprocessed raw gas on a discretionary basis from the Hornet gas field within PEL 115 (100 per cent Senex owned), with up to 10 million standard cf per day to be supplied. This allows Senex the flexibility to monetise the appraisal of the Hornet field through an extended flow test, without the risk of penalties for non-delivery.

Commenting on the development, Senex Managing Director Ian Davies said it was evidence of Senex’s growth acceleration strategy in action, with Senex moving its portfolio of growth projects up the maturity curve in order to reach aspirational 2018 financial year production and reserves targets.

“Achieving our first gas sales is an important step in our evolution into a major Australian gas producer and the forerunner to a large and sustainable gas business both in the Cooper and the Surat Basins,”? Mr Davies said.

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