Gas discovery offshore Australia

Santos has announced a significant gas discovery at the Crown-1 exploration well in WA-274-P, located in the Browse Basin offshore Western Australia, at a water depth of 440 meters.

Wireline logging has confirmed 61 meters of net gas pay in the Jurassic-aged Montara, Plover and Malita reservoirs between 4,873 and 4,998 meters. The well has not intersected a gas-water contact.

Pressure data has been acquired from multiple points indicating that gas would be expected to flow at a high rate. Multiple condensate-bearing gas samples have been recovered to surface.

Drilling will now progress on the Crown-1 well to a proposed total depth of 5,200 meters.

“The Crown discovery is well positioned, in close proximity to existing and proposed LNG projects in the Browse basin and other material exploration prospects,” said Santos’ Head of Exploration, Bill Ovenden.

Santos holds 30 per cent of WA-274-P and is operator. Joint venture partners are Chevron (50 per cent) and INPEX (20 per cent). 

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