Cooper Energy has contracted Subsea 7 to perform subsea installations for the Sole gas development in the VIC/RL3 permit offshore southeast Australia.
The Sole field is in the eastern part of the Gippsland basin, 40 km (25 mi) offshore Victoria.
Subsea 7’s scope comprises the subsea tieback of the Sole well to the existing Orbost Gas Plant, which involves fabrication and installation of 64 km (40 mi) of pipeline, associated spool and manifold, laying of a 64-km umbilical and subsequent commissioning.
The company has started project management and engineering in Perth and will begin offshore operations in 2018, subject to a final investment decision next month.
Following a recent transaction Cooper now has 100% equity in the field, which it aims to bring onstream by March 2019, and the company is currently arranging finance for the project. Development will involve drilling two horizontal wells.
The company has signed gas sales agreements with Alinta Energy, EnergyAustralia, and AGL Energy, and has agreed with APA to upgrade the Orbost facility to handle Sole’s production.