Santos receives major approval for oil and gas development offshore Western Australia

World Oil Staff February 14, 2023

(WO) – The National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) has accepted Santos’ Offshore Project Proposal (OPP) for the Dorado development offshore Western Australia.

Dorado is a proposed phased liquids and gas development, with an initial phase of liquids development with gas re-injection and the potential for a second phase development to recover and pipe the gas to the Western Australian domestic and LNG markets.

Following the grant of a Production License in April 2022, Dorado now has the primary regulatory approvals required to support development.

Santos Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Kevin Gallagher said Dorado is an exciting development opportunity which is further enhanced by the recent oil discovery at the adjacent Pavo field.

“Our focus now is to finalize the concept for an integrated liquids and gas development and obtain the remaining approvals required to support a final investment decision,” Gallagher said.

“The best emergency reserve you can have for national liquid fuel security is oil in the ground and the infrastructure in place to produce it when you need it most,” Gallagher commented.

The Dorado and Pavo fields combined are estimated to contain gross 2C contingent resources of 189 million barrels of liquids and 401 petajoules of gas (Santos-share 147 million barrels and 320 petajoules, respectively).

Santos has an 80% interest in Dorado and a 70% interest in Pavo and operates both fields. The remaining interests are held by Carnarvon Energy.

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