Beetaloo developers eye exemption from fracking ban

By Sally Bogle 21 July 2017
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Origin’s Spring Gully CBM development in eastern Australia. (Origin Energy) Origin’s Spring Gully CBM development in eastern Australia. (Origin Energy)

Origin Energy, Inpex and others with acreage in the Northern Territory’s Beetaloo sub-basin are watching closely to see whether the vast, untapped, onshore shale gas resource will be exempt from any ban on fracking in Australia. If so, it would clear the way for exports through the Darwin LNG plant – if and when international demand recovers – or eastwards via Jemena’s new Northern Gas Pipeline (NGP), which is designed to boost supply to a tightening domestic market. 

Beetaloo, located 500 km southeast of Darwin, is one of several onshore zones being considered by an NT government-appointed fracking inquiry, which is due to issue its final recommendations in December. 

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