Santos Starts Up Netherby Gas Production, Off Victoria

This week, first gas flowed from the Netherby Field, offshore Victoria, back to the onshore processing facility at Iona.

The Netherby and Henry Gas Fields, in the VIC/P44 permit, are being developed by AWE in conjunction with their Joint Venture partners. This Stage 2 development incorporates tying in the two offshore fields to the existing Casino subsea facilities.

At Year End 2009, the Henry-Netherby fields were estimated to have a combined 2P gross recoverable natural gas reserve of 330 Bcf (82.5 Bcf AWE share).

Construction of the new offshore facilities, which started in early December last year, was completed on February 15, 2010. This included installing 22 kilometers of subsea pipelines and control umbilical lines, stabilised with 650 concrete mattresses, and diver-installed tie-in spools.

The commissioning and ramp-up to full production from Henry and Netherby will continue over the coming weeks. This is ahead of the previously announced mid 2010 date.

Participants in VIC/P44 are:

  • Santos Limited (Operator) 50.0%
  • AWE Limited 25.0%
  • Mitsui E&P Australia 25.0%