Cooper Energy has been awarded the offshore exploration permit VIC/P72 located in the Gippsland Basin, offshore Victoria, Australia.
The permit has been awarded to Cooper Energy for a six-year term, of which the first three years is aguaranteed work program consisting of 260 km2 of 3D seismic reprocessing and studies and the drilling of one exploration well.
Cooper Energy has 100 per cent equity in VIC/P72 and will assess involvement of joint venture partners according to value and risk management considerations.
The VIC/P72 block adjoins the company’s VIC/L21 licence which holds the depleted Patricia-Baleen gas field and its associated subsea production infrastructure. The exploration permit is located in close proximity to several Esso-operated gas and oil fields including Snapper, Marlin, Sunfish and Sweetlips and the Longtom gas field operated by SGH Energy.
Cooper Energy managing director David Maxwell said VIC/P72 is an attractive and logical addition to the company’s gas exploration portfolio on a number of counts.
“From a technical perspective, the permit is located in a proven gas and oil province, is surrounded by producing fields, is covered by high quality 3D seismic data and has identified prospects.
“From a commercial perspective, the permit is very competitively located, being close to market and the company’s gas production infrastructure at Patricia Baleen which is connected to the Orbost Gas Processing Plant. The offshore Gippsland Basin is a key supply source for south-east Australian gasdemand and we expect that discoveries in VIC/P72 will have excellent prospects for rapid commercialisation through the company’s existing infrastructure”.
Maxwell added that VIC/P72 fitted neatly within the company’s gas strategy and Gippsland gas hub. “The new exploration opportunity complements our existing project construction at Sole and the work we are doing to mature Manta as the next Gippsland Basin development. It clearly satisfied our screening criteria for likely competitiveness, foreseeable development pathway and capacity to add value”.