Installation and testing of the 67-kilometer control umbilical connecting the Sole gas field with the Orbost Gas Plant has been completed, the Australian operator Cooper Energy said.
This milestone marks completion of the offshore construction phase of the Sole gas project, free of lost time injuries and within budget, the company added.
The only work remaining on the offshore project is repair of the damaged pipe section which is expected to start in late April.
The offshore project, which was 93% complete at end-February, is expected to be fully completed, ready and available to deliver gas to APA Group’s Orbost Gas Plant by end-May 2019.
Work on the onshore element of the project to upgrade Orbost Gas Plant to process gas from Sole is said to bewell advanced. APA are currently assessing the most likely plant completion date within the September quarter and working closely with Cooper Energy to confirm timing and ensure a safe and reliable start-up for the plant.
Gas supply from Sole to the Orbost Gas Plant is expected to start prior to plant completion for the commissioning and the subsequent plant performance test.