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    Central delays drilling of two Northern Territory wells

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Central has contracted Ensign Rig 963 to drill the Palm Valley Deep and Dingo 5 exploration wells in the Amadeus basin in Northern Territory.

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Central delays drilling of two Northern Territory wells

Australian energy company Central Petroleum on January 26 said that the drilling of Palm Valley Deep and Dingo 5 exploration wells in the Amadeus basin in Northern Territory has been delayed.

Central has contracted Ensign Rig 963 for the Palm Valley and Dingo exploration drilling programme. The rig was expected to mobilise to Palm Valley from its current drilling programme (Buru Energy) in the Canning basin in late January.

“Ensign has now advised Central that as a result of recent unforeseen issues with Buru's current drilling operations, there will be a delay in the order of a month to the rig's mobilisation date,” Central said. “Ensign 963 is now expected to mobilise to the Palm Valley exploration well site in late February 2022, followed by spudding of the well in March 2022.”

Central has also contracted Silver City Rig 23 to drill the two Range pilot step out wells, Range 9 and Range 10, in Queensland’s Surat basin, with civil works delayed by the recent heavy rainfall. The drilling is now expected to start in early February.