The Project area covers around 95,000 hectares in the Pilliga and on private land in north west New South Wales.
After acquiring operations around Narrabri in November 2011, Santos undertook an extensive review and upgrade of facilities and rehabilitated a number of operational sites. Eight wells and one core hole were drilled in addition to the existing pilot wells.
Santos is currently undertaking an exploration and appraisal program to gain more information about the natural gas resource, while finalising the Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Narrabri Gas Project.
Operations are located mainly in the Pilliga State Forest south of Narrabri. Following a review of land use in the Pilliga in 2005, this section of the Pilliga was set aside by the NSW Government for industries including natural gas extraction.
Natural gas from some of our pilot wells is piped to Santos’ Wilga Park Power Station near Narrabri, where it is used to generate electricity for the local grid.
Water extracted during our exploration and appraisal operations is transferred to our Leewood facility, located on a Santos-owned property about 25 kilometres south of Narrabri. At Leewood the water is stored in state of the art double-lined ponds.
Santos has recently received Government approval to construct a water treatment facility at Leewood. This will allow the saline water to be treated by reverse osmosis and more than two thirds to be reused. Santos is proposing to use the treated water to irrigate a section of the Leewood property and for operational purposes.