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    Oz Emperor Agrees Pre-Feed for Delivering Judith's Gas


A contract for the study's completion is due to be signed in the first quarter of 2020.

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Oz Emperor Agrees Pre-Feed for Delivering Judith's Gas

ASX-listed explorer Emperor Energy has agreed with Australian gas pipeline operator APA Group on the scope of a pre-front end engineering design (feed) study for the transport and processing of gas from the Judith field off the coast of Victoria.

The studies will cover construction of a subsea pipeline connecting Judith to APA’s onshore Orbost processing plant, a new processing train there and an export pipeline to pump the gas to the Eastern Gas Pipeline, Emperor said in a statement.

The company signed a memorandum with APA on the transport of Judith’s gas in October.

APA will now determine the cost of the pre-feed study, and the pair aim to agree a binding contract on its completion in the first quarter of 2020, according to Emperor. The study will clarify the scope and shorten the timeframe needed to undertake feed work, due to take place after the Judith-2 exploration and appraisal well is drilled, the company said.

Judith holds 150bn ft3 (4.25bn m3) in best-estimate contingent gas resources, and 1.2tn ft3 in best-estimate prospective resources, according to an independent appraisal completed in July. Emperor is its sole licence holder, but is seeking a farm-in partner to help with development.