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Santos advises that a small gas leak has been identified in a subsea flange on the main gas trunkline from the John Brookes platform, offshore Western Australia to the Varanus Island gas processing facilities.

The observation of the leak occurred during routine activities on the normally un-staffed facility. The platform and pipeline were immediately shutdown and depressurised and all personnel demobilised.

Santos has notified all relevant regulatory bodies.

Santos is working with customers and other parties to manage gas supply arrangements while the leak is repaired. At this stage, it is expected repairs will take approximately four to six weeks to return to full production. Varanus Island will continue producing at reduced rates and no changes to Santos’ previously communicated production market guidance is anticipated.