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Gas exploration won't be rushed, Beach tells EPA

Wednesday 9 Sep 20 9:00am

 

By GAVIN EVANS | Any gas discovery by Beach Energy off the North Otago coast next year could require a further two years’ work to plan and prepare an appraisal drilling programme to determine how to develop it, the Environmental Protection Authority heard yesterday.

Beach is planning to drill one well - Wherry-1 - 168 kilometres south-east of Timaru in the third quarter of 2021. Should it be successful, the firm has said it could drill a further 11 wells, nine in the Wherry structure in the northern part of its permit and two in the Gondola prospect about 80 kilometres south.

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