Central Petroleum on the threshold of East Coast Gas Sales
These dates reflect when the Northern Gas Pipeline ("NGP") is anticipated to be ready for Commercial Operations. Central is currently selling commissioning gas to Jemena, and this is expected to ramp up as the date for NGP Commercial Operations approaches.
Central also announces that the Mereenie Facility Upgrade and Palm Valley Restart Projects have now been brought into production. All key processing and production equipment is installed and running, except for the new Field Boost Compressor ("FBC") at Mereenie which is installed and currently undergoing run testing. This is an outstanding result given that these projects were fast tracked to maximise gas sales through the NGP. The Mereenie Upgrade was delivered only 8 months after ordering long-lead items, which is at least 3 months earlier than the draft initial schedule. This means more gas can be sold this financial year. Central congratulates all parties that have contributed to this result including Traditional Owners, Central Staff and Project Contractors.
Once the run testing of the new FBC is complete, the Mereenie Gas Field will be capable of delivering 44 TJ/d of sales gas on a firm basis (Phase 1 of the Gas Acceleration Programme) plus additional capacity on a non-firm basis. In addition, the Palm Valley facility now has 15 TJ/d of sales gas capacity. With three existing wells already online, one existing well to be brought into production shortly and the PV13 well scheduled to be tied in early next year, Palm Valley is on track to produce at nearly triple the average gas rate prior to being shut-in. Gas sales from Mereenie and Palm Valley will step up following commissioning of the NGP.
With the completion of run testing, delivery of these Projects will represent the culmination of the Gas Acceleration Programme and its objective of delivering Central transformational growth by nearly tripling its gas sales.
About Central Petroleum Limited
Central Petroleum Limited (ASX:CTP) is an oil and gas explorer and producer listed on the Australian Securities Exchange focused on supplying the domestic gas market. Central is advancing several separate projects across what is regarded as the biggest package of proven and prospective oil and gas acreage across central Australia. This spread of assets gives Central multiple options for growth and development. 88% of this land being gas prone has led to the Company's focus on becoming a major domestic gas producer.
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