AGL Energy Limited (AGL) has released the Stage One schedule for the rehabilitation of coal seam gas wells over the next two years at its Camden Gas Project, southwest of Sydney.
AGL announced in February this year that at Camden, it will extract gas from its existing wells enabling closure of the facility in 2023. The Camden site and wells will be progressively decommissioned and the sites rehabilitated.
The Camden Gas Project has been safely supplying gas to Sydney homes and businesses since 2001. A total of 144 wells have been drilled, with 92 currently producing.
Executive General Manager, Group Operations, Doug Jackson, says rehabilitation work commenced in 2016. Six wells have been completed and a further 17 will undergo rehabilitation commencing in early 2017, which are expected to take approximately two years.
“At the conclusion of Stage One of this program, 41 of the original 144 gas wells will have been rehabilitated.
“This work is undertaken with a high level of regulatory oversight by the NSW Government’s Division of Resources and Energy and the NSW EPA as lead regulator, and to standards set in the NSW Government’s Code of Practice for Coal Seam Gas,” Mr Jackson said.
The Stage One well rehabilitation program in 2017-18 will include the following sites:
|Well Name||Well Number|
|Elizabeth Macarthur||16, 34|
|Joe Stanley||01, 03, 04|
|Menangle Park||01, 05|
|Mount Taurus||09, 10|
|Rosalind Park||02, 06, 10, 12|
AGL will keep the community informed on the well rehabilitation program and determine the next stage of wells to be decommissioned based on operational requirements. The wells in Spring Farm, drilled in 2009, are expected to continue to operate until 2023.
Mr Jackson said AGL also has made several operational improvements to the Camden Gas Project in the past year.
“We have invested several million dollars reducing fugitive gas emissions by converting all well-head controls systems to air, supplied by solar powered air compressors, rather than using gas.
“The Rosalind Park Gas Plant’s pneumatic control system also has been converted to compressed air, while underground water storage tanks have been replaced with above ground double-lined tanks.
“AGL maintains a strong commitment to the safe operation of the Camden Gas Project as well as working and investing to reduce any potential harm to the community or environmental health,” Mr Jackson said.
AGL is one of Australia’s leading integrated energy companies. It is taking action to responsibly reduce its greenhouse gas emissions while providing secure and affordable energy to its customers. Drawing on over 175 years of experience, AGL serves its customers throughout eastern Australia with meeting their energy requirements, including gas, electricity, solar PV and related products and services. AGL has a diverse power generation portfolio including base, peaking and intermediate generation plants, spread across traditional thermal generation as well as renewable sources including hydro, wind, solar, landfill gas and biomass.