Senex Energy announced that it awarded a contract to oil and gas services provider Easternwell to start Surat Basin natural gas drilling program.
Easternwell is expected to start the natural gas drilling program for the company across Project Atlas and Roma North in May 2019 and the initial drilling program is planned to be completed in mid-2020.
Senex said that it would extend the contract duration for the Easternwell contract to a total period of up to two years from the contract start date.
Senex Energy said that during the past 12 months, it has received all required state and federal regulatory approvals across Project Atlas and Roma North, and has partnered with major infrastructure provider Jemena to build, own and operate the Project Atlas gas processing facility and associated pipeline.
In addition, it has started civil works on the facility, where commissioning and first sales gas is expected in in 2019, and progressed construction of the Roma North gas processing facility, with civil works and pipeline construction with complete and major equipment items installed.
Senex said that the commissioning of Roma North facility and first sales gas are scheduled for mid-2019, and construction of the well lease pads is progressed in advance of drilling.
The company has developed strong working relationship with Easternwell after being working together for many years in the Cooper and Surat basins.
Senex managing director and CEO Ian Davies said: “This contract puts in place one of the final major elements for the delivery of our Surat Basin natural gas projects. With construction of the gas processing facilities on schedule, and drilling to start in May, Senex is on track to deliver first sales gas from Roma North mid-year and from Project Atlas by the end of 2019.
“These developments will achieve a step change in production, cash-flow and earnings for Senex and deliver much needed gas to the east coast market.”