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    Central starts production at Range project

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The Range gas project is a 50:50 joint venture between Central and Incitec Pivot in Queensland, Australia.

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Central starts production at Range project

Sydney-listed explorer Central Petroleum on June 11 said production had started at the Range gas project in Queensland. The three wells, Range-6, 7 and 8, have been drilled and completed, and surface facilities have been installed and commissioned.

Central said that the pumps have been started at low speeds and the wells are presently producing water to the storage tank. The pumps will be ramped up over the next two weeks to gradually increase water rates and control well drawdown, it said. After this, the pilot will be operated for around three months or longer subject to storage tank capacity.

The Range gas project is a 50:50 joint venture between Central and Incitec Pivot in ATP 2031, a 77 km2 permit located in the Surat basin, Queensland. The project contains an estimated 270 petajoules of 2C contingent gas resources.