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Fracking nod for Australia’s Buru Energy

Shale gas standard23 June 2014, News Wires – Buru Energy has been given the green light for its Laurel formation tight gas exploration programme by Western Australia’s Department of Mines and Petroleum, the final step required for the programme to proceed.

The Australia-listed company said on Monday that the DMP had approved the environmental, operational and safety plans for the programme.

This followed the Environmental Protection Authority’s conclusion last week that Buru’s “small scale, limited duration ‘proof of concept’ exploration proposal is unlikely to have a significant effect on the environment”.

The programme is now expected to begin with preliminary site preparation taking place during the Kimberley region’s dry season (typically between May and October). It involves the stimulation of tight gas zones in existing vertical exploration wells in the Laurel formation, which lies between two and four kilometres below the surface.

This testing is planned to make up the initial stage of a possible multi-stage exploration, appraisal and development programme to be undertaken over several years, Buru said.

“Canning basin gas is of strategic importance to the state and has the potential to provide long term benefits to the Kimberley community,” Buru managing director Keiran Wulff said in a statement.

Under a state deal, Buru and its joint partner Mitsubishi are targeting an initial delivery of 1500 petajoules of gas from the Canning basin into the Western Australian domestic market.


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