Origin Energy has successfully and safely spudded 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 Energy 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 per cent) and Falcon Oil and Gas (30 per cent).

Paul Kirby, Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, said, “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.”

Tracey Boyes, Origin General Manager for the Beetaloo and Growth Assets, said, “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.’’

Keld Knudsen, APPEA Director – Northern Territory and Exploration, said 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.”

Charlotte Pordage is Editor of Utility magazine, a position she has held since November 2018. She joined the team as an Associate Editor in October 2017, after sharpening her writing and editing skills across a range of print and digital publications. Charlotte graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London, in 2011 with joint honours in English and Latin. When she's not putting together Australia's only dedicated utility magazine, she can usually be found riding her horse or curled up with a good book.

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