Plucky explorer Timor Resources has encountered “hydrocarbon shows of significance” while drilling its second well onshore East Timor as the company considers an initial public offering (IPO) to raise more funds in its quest to unlock the nation’s petroleum potential. Significantly, there are no firm figures for the hydrocarbon shows yet, but plenty of hope.
Australia’s Santos has started front-end engineering and design (FEED) work for its proposed giant carbon capture and storage (CCS) project offshore East Timor at the Bayu Undan field. Significantly, Santos aims to take a final investment decision (FID) in 2023 on the CCS project, which it claims has the potential to be the largest in the world.
Santos, SK E&S, K-CCUS Association, CO2CRC and Korea Trade Insurance Corporation have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to support and collaborate in the development of carbon dioxide (CO2) storage facilities.
The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) believes the start of work on the Santos-led Barossa liquefied natural gas (LNG) development offshore northern Australia should be suspended as the associated carbon capture and storage (CCS) scheme, proposed by the operator, remains problematic and will not cut emissions. Otherwise the CCS project should be viewed as nothing more than ‘green washing’ and a diversion while construction continues, said IEEFA.
East Timor-based independent think-tank La'o Hamutuk has hit out at Santos’ plans to store carbon from its proposed Barossa liquefied natural gas (LNG) development at the Bayu Undan field in the Timor Sea by filing a submission to the Northern Territory (NT) Environmental Protection Authority (NTEPA).
Australian-listed Carnarvon Energy (ASX:CVN) is excited by its projects in the Bedout basin offshore Western Australia following a disappointing drilling result at the Buffalo field offshore East Timor.
Australia’s Carnarvon Energy has called for an immediate trading halt in its shares as it prepares to release the well results for the highly anticipated Buffalo-10 well offshore East Timor. Carnavron and UK-listed parter Advance Energy have said that the well could unlock more than 30 million barrels of oil.
Australian company Timor Resources has completed the first of three exploration wells onshore East Timor. The company said it hit oil and gas in its contract area, although it remains to be seen if the discovery is commercial.
Australia’s Santos has completed the sell-down of 25% interests in Bayu-Undan and Darwin LNG to South Korea’s SK E&S, which is also a partner in the recently sanctioned Barossa development.