Australian oil and gas producer Santos (ASX:STO) today reported that it has approval from the offshore petroleum regulator for its US$2 billion Dorado oil and gas project in Western Australia. Significantly, the news may ease concerns about the regulator’s harder approach towards project approvals since a court ruling last year.
Australia’s Carnarvon Energy (ASX:CVN) reported that the recent Pavo-1 exploration well drilled offshore Australia proved up a “substantial volume of light oil in excellent quality reservoirs” and “significantly increases Carnarvon’s oil resources for potential development through the Dorado facilities.”
The Pavo-1 exploration well near the Dorado field offshore Western Australia in the Bedout sub-basin has made a “significant oil discovery” that has an estimated breakeven cost at less than $10 per barrel, operator Santos (ASX:STO) said today.
Australia’s Santos today announced that its large Dorado oil project offshore Western Australia has started the front-end engineering and design (FEED) phase. Santos is also seeking buyers for a share in the development, which has a “very low” carbon dioxide footprint and is expected to initially cost $2 billion.
Santos is seeking buyers for a 20-30% stake in its large Dorado oil project and Bedout exploration portfolio offshore western Australia estimated to be worth up to $200 million. Significantly, there is expected to be global interest in the sales process, which could be particularly appealing for Asian national oil companies (NOCs).