CarbonNet Offshore Appraisal Well

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Activity name
CarbonNet Offshore Appraisal Well
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The Crown in right of Victoria
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Decision date
Related documents
EP Summary (pdf 3.2 MB)

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Activity events
Event Event date Next event* Next event due* Related documents
Submission of new EP 15/02/2019 NOPSEMA decision 18/03/2019 Not applicable
Request for further information 15/03/2019 Titleholder action 05/04/2019
Extension of timeframe 27/03/2019 Titleholder action 12/04/2019 Not applicable
Submission of further information 12/04/2019 NOPSEMA decision 26/04/2019 Not applicable
Acceptance of EP 18/04/2019 Titleholder action 29/04/2019 Decision Notification (pdf 777 KB)
Submission of EP summary 29/04/2019 NOPSEMA decision 09/05/2019 Not applicable
Publication of EP summary 09/05/2019 Not applicable Not applicable

* The next event is based on NOPSEMA’s understanding and expectation of what may occur next in the assessment process. There are a number of other events that may occur, and events may happen sooner or later than expected. All events will be published in this table as and when they take place.

Activity description

The Crown in right of Victoria is proposing to drill an offshore appraisal well within Greenhouse Gas Assessment Permit VIC-GIP-002 in Commonwealth waters offshore Gippsland. VIC-GIP-002 is managed by the CarbonNet project within the Victorian Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions.

CarbonNet is investigating the potential for establishing a commercial scale carbon capture and storage (CCS) network in Gippsland.

The purpose of the offshore appraisal well is to confirm the viability of carbon dioxide (CO2) injection and storage capacity of CarbonNet’s preferred contingent storage formation, Pelican.

A jack-up rig will drill to a depth of about 1,500m below the sea bed. Rock samples taken from the appraisal well will allow the project to validate existing geoscience models and confirm the rock properties of the formation. This activity will not involve the injection of CO2.

The appraisal well will be located approximately 8 km offshore, with the exact location to be determined once the results of geophysical and geotechnical investigations are finalised in mid-2019.

Drilling is scheduled to take place between late 2019 and the end of June 2020, and is estimated to take between 45 and 60 days to complete.

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Mr Steve Marshall

Operations Director, CarbonNet Project

DJPR, Resources Division, Earth Resources Economic Development

Level 17, 1 Spring Street


Telephone: +61 3 9452 8912



*Where an environment plan was submitted or accepted prior to 28 February 2014 certain information is not published, in accordance with the Environment Regulations in place at that time. For accepted EPs, refer to the attached EP Summary for additional information.