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Australia: Jadestone Energy announces Montara production restart


11 Jan 2019

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Jadestone Energy has announced the restart of production from the Montara oil field, following its maintenance and inspection shutdown.

Production operations restarted at the Montara facilities on January 11, 2019, and production volumes will be ramped up while final checks are concluded.  The entire facility will be restarted, including both the oil production system and the gas system, which enables gas-lift and gas re-injection so as to optimise production operations as rapidly as possible.  The conclusion of this maintenance and inspection activity will result in improved facility reliability and uptime going forwards, resulting in no major planned shutdowns until at least H2 2020.

PTTEP, as seller of the Montara assets, has agreed to provide US$22 million to Jadestone in relation to this recent shutdown of the Montara facilities, including associated costs, of which approx. US$4 million was directly attributable to shutdown work scope.

Jadestone and PTTEP are continuing to manage the asset under the terms of the operator and transitional services agreement whereby PTTEP, as the duty holder under the currently in-force safety case, continues to operate the Montara assets, with all critical operations leadership positions now filled with Jadestone personnel who have been formally seconded into the PTTEP organisation.  In the meantime, the regulator is reviewing Jadestone's recently submitted Montara safety case and environment plan.  Upon approval, the regulator will permit the transfer of operatorship to Jadestone.

Paul Blakeley, President and CEO commented:

'I'm delighted to see production operations safely resume at the Montara asset and pleased that the work we have completed alleviates the need for any further major planned outages until at least late 2020. 

Catching up on Montara's overdue inspection and maintenance tasks and resolving the regulatory non-compliance notices was a prudent step early in Jadestone's experience with Montara, and serves to enhance the asset's value.'

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Source: Jadestone Energy





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