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Project Summary

SAPEX has proposed to use fracture stimulation techniques on petroleum wells in PELs 122 & 123 in the Arckaringa Basin of South Australia to create small cracks or fractures in the formations near the well and allow oil and gas to flow to the well more easily.

SAPEX intends to evaluate the size and commerciality of the oil and gas resources within target shale formations including the Stuart Range and Boorthanna Formation. Shale targets are expected to range between 700-1800m deep in both licences.

For further information on the fracture stimulation process please see our the Facts Brochure on Natural Gas and Fracture Stimulation in South Australia.

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Draft Statement of Environmental Objectives and Environmental Impact Report

All regulated activities conducted under the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000 must have an approved Statement of Environmental Objectives in place with which they comply, prepared on the basis of an Environmental Impact Report. SAPEX  has prepared an Environmental Impact Report and Draft Statement of Environmental Objectives in relation to its PEL 122 & 123 fracture stimulation activities for assessment by the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, in close consultation with relevant co-regulatory agencies.

The Minister for Mineral Resources and Energy is currently seeking public comment, under provisions of the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000, on the following Environmental Impact Report and proposed draft Statement of Environmental Objectives relative to the SAPEX PEL 122 & 123 fracture stimulation activities proposal, available below:

Environmental Impact Report - SAPEX, PEL 122 & 123 Fracture Stimulation Activities, December 2017 Draft Statement of Environmental Objectives - SAPEX, PEL 122 & 123 Fracture Stimulation Activities, December 2017
 
 
Download the Environmental Impact Report (PDF 6.1MB) Download the Statement of Environmental Objectives (PDF 853KB)



For further information on the approvals process, including relevant stages and consultation requirements, please see Activity Approval Process.

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Invitation for Public Comment

All regulated activities conducted under the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000 must have an approved Statement of Environmental Objectives in place with which they comply, prepared on the basis of an Environmental Impact Report. If an activity is deemed by the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, in consultation with relevant co-regulatory agencies, to be of Medium Impact according to the criteria for classifying the level of environmental impact of regulated activities then public comment will be sought on the associated Environmental Impact Report and  draft Statement of Environmental Objectives.

The Department of the Premier and Cabinet invites public comment on the proposed SAPEX PEL 122 & 123 fracture stimulation activities Environmental Impact Report and draft Statement of Environmental Objectives, publicly available above.

Please note, physical copies of the Environmental Impact Report and draft Statement of Environmental Objectives relevant to the proposed SAPEX PEL 122 & 123 fracture stimulation activities are available from the Department of the Premier and Cabinet at the Energy Resources Division office, Level 7, 101 Grenfell Street, Adelaide SA 5000.

Written submissions must be addressed to:

Attention: Jarrod Spencer 
Department of the Premier and Cabinet
Energy Resources Division
GPO Box 320, Adelaide 5001

Or via email to DPC.Engineering@sa.gov.au

Submissions closed at 5:00pm on 4 June 2018

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Frequently Asked Questions

The following Frequently Asked Questions resource aims to provide the public with easily accessible and comprehensive responses to a range of questions asked by the public in relation to fracture stimulation activities in South Australia. If you have a relevant questions not answered in the following Frequently Asked Questions resource, please contact the Energy Resources Division.

The Facts - Natural Gas and Fracture Stimulation in South Australia

Download the brochure about the Facts on Natural Gas and Fracture Stimulation in South Australia (PDF 1.4MB)

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Presentations

Presentations by the Energy Resources Division in relation to the SAPEX PEL 122 & 123 fracture stimulation activities are provided below.

Presented atPresented by and title of presentation

Coober Pedy Council

7 March 2018

SAPEX Limited on PEL 122 & 123 Fracture Stimulation Activities (PDF 1.8MB)
Michael Malavazos, Director - Engineering Operations


Please note: these presentations are intended to provide general information on the Energy Resources Division, its role and regulatory functions, and proposed or current licensee projects under the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000 and associated regulations. Presentations should be considered in the context of the relevant legislation.

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