Melbana Energy Limited has advised that acquisition of the Beehive 3D Seismic Survey has commenced.
The Beehive 3D Seismic Survey is being acquired by Polarcus using their vessel Polarcus Naila and will acquire approximately 600 km2 of seismic data over the Beehive Prospect in the Joseph Bonaparte Gulf, 225 km southwest of Darwin.
The Beehive 3D Seismic Survey is being operated by Australian energy company Santos pursuant to an Operations Services Agreement and is fully funded by French major Total and Santos.
The acquisition of a new 3D seismic survey over Beehive will provide potential for further de-risking of the prospect and will facilitate consideration of a preferred location for the Beehive-1 exploration well.
The Beehive 3D Seismic Survey acquisition area is approximately 600 km2 with a larger operational area around it to allow for vessel turns and testing of equipment. The operational area is located in the Joseph Bonaparte Gulf, approximately 225 km west-southwest from Darwin 65 km from the closest land at Cape Domett (in Western Australia), and 60 km from Yelcher Beach in the Northern Territory. Water depths in the acquisition area range from approximately 30 – 50 m. The survey is a typical 3D survey using methods and procedures similar to others conducted in Australian waters.
Total and Santos have an option (exercisable together or individually) to acquire a direct 80% participating interest in the permit in return for fully funding the costs of all activities until completion of the first well in the WA-488-P permit. Beehive is located close to several existing facilities including Ichthys LNG project and Blacktip field and pipeline offering several options for future gas monetisation. In the event of a commercial discovery, Melbana will repay carried funding from its share of cash flow from the Beehive field. Melbana will have no re-payment obligations for such carried funding in the event there is no commercial discovery and development in WA488-P.
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