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Jobs and Investment: Milestone Reached in the Beetaloo Basin with First Drilling Underway

Origin Energy has successfully and safely spudded, an industry term for commencing drilling, the Kyalla 117 well as part of its Beetaloo Exploration Program.

Kyalla 117 is the first of two new appraisal wells to be drilled and fracture stimulated to help determine the potential of the resource in the Beetaloo Basin.

The operations in the Beetaloo are supported by a number of Territory businesses with more than 50 Territorians employed during this early exploration stage. This will increase as the project progresses and, if successful, moves into production. 

Origin has regulatory approval for its Environmental Management Plans related to the well and is required to comply with strict regulatory standards as per the recommendations of the Independent Scientific Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing.

Origin’s exploration permits are located around 600km south-east of Darwin, between Daly Waters and Elliott.

The Beetaloo Exploration Project is a joint venture between Origin as Operator (70%) and Falcon Oil and Gas (30%).

Quotes from Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, Paul Kirby:

“The Territory Labor Government’s focus on creating local jobs and supporting local businesses is being delivered from day one of Origin’s new drilling in the Beetaloo.

“Origin successfully drilling in the Beetaloo is another significant milestone reached off the back of completion of all pre-exploration recommendations from the Pepper Inquiry in July, as part of their exploration program.

“Our regulatory framework allows for investment in this emerging industry while protecting our environment.”

Quotes from Origin General Manager for the Beetaloo and Growth Assets, Tracey Boyes:

“This is an important milestone in realising the opportunity the project could deliver for the Northern Territory.

“A number of Territory businesses have partnered and have been working hard with us to reach this point.

“Tens of millions of dollars have been awarded in local contracts and more than 50 Territorians are working with us on this well.

“And we wouldn’t be where we are today without the support of Native Title holders and the host pastoralist on whose land we are currently exploring.’’

Quotes from APPEA Director – Northern Territory and Exploration, Keld Knudsen:

“The NT’s abundant natural gas resources can play a vital role in revitalising the Territory’s economy.

“The industry remains committed to working with the Territory Government and local businesses to maximise opportunities for employment while making a meaningful low-carbon contribution to future energy needs.”

Media contact: Hannah West 0436 641 108