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CNG Supply Arrangements and Project Update
CNG Supply Arrangements and Project Update

Brisbane, April 5, 2024 AEST (ABN Newswire) - State Gas Limited (googlechartASX:GAS) (googlechartSTGSF:OTCMKTS) has entered into an initial offtake agreement with Thiess Pty Ltd ("Thiess") for delivery of CNG to the Curragh Coal Mining operation, near Blackwater in Central Queensland ("Curragh"). As part of its role as contract miner at Curragh, Thiess has been evaluating hybrid mine-truck engine technology and has now agreed with the Curragh mine owner to extend and expand the trial ("the Trial"). Initial CNG supply volumes will be small to support an orderly ramp up of production from the CNG Facility and to establish efficient loading and unloading processes for the Virtual Pipeline at Curragh. Ongoing success of the Trial and progressive optimisation of loading and unloading using the Virtual Pipeline, could ultimately support up to 100GJ of CNG per day, for each mine truck included in the Trial. The Trial will initially support two trucks, with a view to converting more engines to hybrid technology subject to Thiess and the Curragh mine-owner's satisfaction with the Trial result.

The provision of CNG using the Virtual Pipeline is a bundled gas supply solution, which reflects significant added value when compared to raw natural gas sourced from the traditional pipeline network. Raw coal seam gas from Rougemont 2/3 is processed by the CNG Facility to meet gas specifications and pressures required for the efficient operation of the hybrid mine-truck engines in the Trial. The ability for State Gas to supply increasing quantities of CNG to a location on the Curragh mine-site where the mine-trucks can be safely loaded is a unique aspect of State Gas' value proposition. For this reason, the contracted price for CNG under this supply arrangement is at a premium to the spot price of raw pipeline gas.

As part of the CNG supply arrangement, it is the intention of State Gas and Thiess to work together to increase the volume of gas supplied during the Trial and investigate opportunities to include additional trucks and extend the length of the supply arrangement. Subject to the success of this initial supply arrangement and the Trial, State Gas anticipates identifying other opportunities where State Gas CNG could be applied to support similar projects in the mining sector.

CNG Project Commissioning

State Gas is in the final stages of commissioning its "first-of-its-kind" in Australia, coal seam gas ("CSG") to compressed natural gas ("CNG") pilot plant ("the CNG Facility"). Once commissioned, the CNG Facility will be able to compress up to 1.7TJ/day of pipeline quality natural gas for supply to users in the Southern Bowen Basin and surrounding areas. CNG will be transported using specially designed gas tube trailers which allow gas to be delivered to customers that are remote from traditional gas pipeline infrastructure ("a Virtual Pipeline"). CSG will be sourced from State Gas' Rougemont 2/3 dual lateral exploration and appraisal well ("Rougemont 2/3"), located within the Rolleston West Project area of ATP 2062.

The need for environmentally superior fuel sources (natural gas compared to diesel) are required to support the long-term orderly transition of major industrial fuel users to more sustainable renewable energy sources.

State Gas' CNG Facility in conjunction with its Virtual Pipeline solution uniquely positions it to meet this growing demand.

Production Capability of the CNG Facility

The CNG Facility will dehydrate and then compress the gas provided by the gathering system connected to Rougemont 2/3, which is now expected to produce substantially more than the 0.5TJ of CSG per day (which was generated during the first stage of production testing conducted in early calendar 2023).

Rougemont 2/3 has been progressively dewatered during March 2024 in preparation for connection to the CNG Facility. During this dewatering process, the Company has observed significantly higher water production than during the first stage of de-watering, which suggests greater permeability across a wider zone of influence around the dual lateral well structure.

Upon commissioning, the Plant will have substantial available capacity (total processing capacity 1.7TJ/day) and the Company is now actively following up incremental sales leads for its CNG. State Gas believes that this "first-of-its-kind" in Australia CNG supply approach will create substantial opportunities for natural gas (an environmentally superior fuel source to diesel) to be used in a range of commercial applications which support lower carbon emissions. The CNG technology developed by State Gas provides it with significant first mover advantage to support increased demand for natural gas to support the ongoing orderly de-carbonisation of industrial activities, such as coal mining operations.

Although the Company's immediate focus is to provide CNG to end users, it continues to evaluate the development of CNG intake infrastructure at a suitable location on the existing gas pipeline network close to the CNG Facility. This would allow State Gas to support domestic or export gas supply opportunities using future production volumes up to the maximum compression capacity of the CNG Facility of 1.7TJ/day.

In addition to the supply flexibility provided by CNG and the Virtual Pipeline, the technology also delivers substantial environmental benefits to gas producers, as it provides a reliable method for capturing and commercialising production testing gas which has historically been released to the atmosphere. State Gas sees significant opportunity in being able to license this technology to other gas producers to support more environmentally sustainable exploration and appraisal activities.

State Gas' Executive Chairman, Mr Richard Cottee said, "My own business experience bears witness to the fact that whenever one pioneers innovation, there are always some hurdles to overcome before one reaches the finish line. The signing of this contract is testimony that those hurdles are largely behind State Gas, now meaning CNG will now become available at source in Queensland facilitating its journey towards a cleaner, more environmentally friendly future."

About State Gas Limited

State Gas Limited ASX:GASState Gas Limited (ASX:GAS) is a Queensland-based developer of the Reid's Dome gas field, originally discovered during drilling in 1955, located in the Bowen Basin in Central Queensland. State Gas is 100%-owner of the Reid's Dome Gas Project (PL-231) a CSG and conventional gas play, which is well-located 30 kilometres southwest of Rolleston, approximately 50 kilometres from the Queensland Gas Pipeline and interconnected east coast gas network.

Permian coal measures within the Reid's Dome Beds are extensive across the entire permit but the area had not been explored for coal seam gas prior to State Gas' ownership. In late 2018 State Gas drilled the first coal seam gas well in the region (Nyanda-4) into the Reid's Dome Beds and established the potential for a significant coal seam gas project in PL 231. The extension of the coal measures into the northern and central areas of the permit was confirmed in late 2019 by the Company's drilling of Aldinga East-1A (12 km north) and Serocold-1 (6 km to the north of Nyanda-4).

State Gas is also the 100% holder Authority to Prospect 2062 ("Rolleston-West"), a 1,414 km2 permit (eight times larger than PL 231) that is contiguous with the Reid's Dome Gas Project. Rolleston-West contains highly prospective targets for both coal seam gas (CSG) and known conventional gas within the permit area. It is not restricted by domestic gas reservation requirements.

The contiguous areas (Reid's Dome and Rolleston-West), under sole ownership by State Gas, enable integration of activities and a unified super-gasfield development, providing economies of scale, efficient operations, and optionality in marketing.

State Gas is implementing its strategic plan to bring gas to market from Reid's Dome and Rolleston-West to meet near term forecast shortfalls in the east coast domestic gas market. The strategy involves progressing a phased appraisal program in parallel with permitting for an export pipeline and development facilities to facilitate the fastest possible delivery of gas to market. State Gas' current focus has been to confirm the producibility of the gas through production testing of the wells. 


Doug McAlpine
Chief Executive Officer
Phone: 0488 007 889

Richard Cottee
Executive Chairman
Phone: 0458 517 850

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