Cooper’s Sole gas field in final phase of commissioning

Cooper Energy has informed that the offshore Sole gas field is producing gas to the Orbost Gas Processing Plant in Australia in a final stage of commissioning.

Orbost Gas Processing Plant
Orbost Gas Processing Plant; Source: Cooper

The Cooper-operated Sole gas field is located in the eastern part of the Gippsland Basin, approximately 40km offshore Victoria, Australia. The project involves the development of the Sole offshore gas field and upgrade of the Orbost gas plant to supply approximately 24 PJ per annum.

Cooper said in February that the Sole Gas Project had passed a critical milestone with the entry of gas from the Eastern Gas Pipeline into the Orbost gas processing plant in Australia.

In an update on Wednesday, Cooper said that the Sole Gas Project had passed another critical milestone with the first flow of gas from the Sole gas field to the Orbost Gas Processing Plant for the second, and final, phase of commissioning.

The gas produced by the field is being used to commission the plant’s raw gas processing facilities. Initial gas production and processing levels will be at small volumes.

Gas production is expected to increase gradually as the second phase commissioning progresses towards completion and the performance of a full-rate production test.

The satisfaction of the commissioning activities will enable the beginning of gas supply from Sole to the customers under long-term contracts.

According to Cooper, APA Group advises full-rate production and commercial operation for firm gas supply are anticipated in March 2020.

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