Beach Energy plans infill well in Yolla field off Victoria
Beach Energy has proposed to drill a single new infill well in the Yolla field in Bass basin offshore Victoria, the Australian offshore regulator said. Beach Energy submitted the environment plan on June 3.
The National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) said the activity is expected to take around 130 days in total, starting in the fourth quarter of 2022 and finishing in the fourth quarter of 2023.
Though drilled from an existing rig slot on the Yolla-A platform, it is an extended reach well that will primarily intersect the Yolla West target, the NOPSEMA said. In the event the Yolla West target is not commercially viable, the well would be plugged back to a predetermined depth and then sidetracked to drill to the Yolla North target.
According to the environment plan, the scope of the activity includes MODU positioning, drilling activities, completion activities, plug and abandonment, topsides (platform) piping fabrication, and operations support activities (vessels and helicopters).
Beach extracts natural gas from the Yolla field, transporting it to shore via a 147 km subsea pipeline. There, it joins the 32km-long raw gas pipeline to the BassGas processing plant near Lang Lang in Victoria.