Santos secures rights for more gas
GAS producer Santos has gained rights to explore for more gas near Injune in Queensland’s southwest.
Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said Santos and its joint venture partners – TOTAL, Petronas, KOGAS and APLNG – had been awarded exploration rights to an 86 square kilometre area about 65km north of Injune.
“This area holds significant gas resources, which will further add to the gas being produced by workers here in Queensland and made available for domestic use and export markets,” Dr Lynham said. Santos Executive Vice President, Exploration and New Developments Bill Ovenden said the tender was ideally located. “Being adjacent to the Santos-planned Arcadia project means the company will be able to leverage existing infrastructure, reduce development costs and produce more gas,” Mr Ovenden said. Santos will need to negotiate access agreements and fulfil any existing environmental and Native Title requirements before the exploration authority is granted and work can begin.