Origin Reports a Phased Restart of Drilling at APLNG Project in Australia

Origin Energy Limited, as upstream operator of the Australia Pacific LNG Project in Queensland, Australia, reported Wednesday a phased restart of previously suspended drilling operations.

On March 13, Origin announced a precautionary measure to suspend its drilling operations following notification from drilling fluid supplier, Australian Mud Company Pty Ltd., that the addictive known as NUTPLUG, sometimes used in drilling was recently found to contain asbestos.

Origin is diligently working thorugh a comprehensive and systematic process of airborne and surface testing to ensure drilling rigs have no traces of abestos or have been verified as safe and cleared to resume operations.

As a result, five of the previously suspended drilling rigs have been tested and returned to work. The remaning seven rigs are expected to progressively return to service in the coming days.

Origin's highest priorities are, and will continue to be, the health and safety of everyone associated with the project and minimizing impacts on the environment.

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