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    Oz Emperor, APA Agree Study for Judith Gas Field


The companies will progress with the pre-front end engineering design of midstream infrastructure.

by: Shardul Sharma

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Oz Emperor, APA Agree Study for Judith Gas Field

Sydney-listed Emperor Energy and APA Group have entered into a binding agreement to progress with the pre-front end engineering design (pre-Feed) for midstream infrastructure that will help transport gas from Judith gas field offshore Victoria, Emperor, the field's operator, said on May 19 in a statement.

The pre-Feed study will include designs for a gas processing plant adjacent to the existing Orbost gas processing plant owned by APA, a 40-km subsea pipeline connecting it with Judith and an export pipeline to the Eastern Gas Pipeline located to the north of the Orbost gas plant. The study will also refine the project's indicative costs and scheduling.

The study is scheduled to start in July 2020 and would require four months to complete, Emperor said. The design basis for the pre-Feed is 80mn ft3/d of sales gas across a 25-year project life.

Judith, 100%-owned by Emperor, is located within the VIC/P47 permit in the offshore Gippsland Basin, Victoria. 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 2019.

Emperor and APA established a memorandum of understanding relating to the Judith gas project in October last year.