Tri-Star Petroleum has commenced proceedings in the Supreme Court of Queensland against Australia Pacific LNG, seeking court orders for the reversion of 45% interests in coal seam gas (CSG) assets in over 60 petroleum tenements and applications in Queensland.
These interests are currently operated by APLNG and are located in the Bowen, Surat and Galilee Basins in Queensland, including CSG fields in the Fairview, Durham, Walloon, Condabri, Durham and Spring Gully project areas.
Tri-Star discovered coal seam gas in these fields and appraised them during the 1990s.
In 2002, Tri-Star farmed-out their interests to APLNG to operated and develop under a farm-out deed. Under the deed, Tri-Star and APLNG agreed that 45% of Tri-Star’s rights to CSG projects in those tenements revest in Tri-Star when benefits and revenue to APLNG first exceeded agreed development costs.
The Supreme Court has been asked to confirm that benefits received by APLNG and its affiliates have in fact triggered reversion.
Tri-Star President and Managing Director, James H. Butler Jr., said he hoped the orders would provide clarity and certainty for both Tri-Star and APLNG.
Butler stated: “We have not taken this decision lightly. We have been in discussion with APLNG for many years over these matters and have been unable to reach an agreement.”
Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward
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