Australian government awards Timor Sea permit to consortium

The Australian government awarded a three-company consortium led by Daytona Energy an exploration permit in the Timor Sea off northwestern Australia. The AC-P-32 permit�in 60-100 m of water�is in the Vulcan subbasin of the Bonaparte basin.


By the OGJ Online Staff


HOUSTON, Mar. 7
�The Australian government Wednesday said an exploration permit in the Timor Sea off northwestern Australia was awarded to a three-company consortium.

Daytona Energy Corp. has a 36% interest, Eagle Bay Resources NL has 30%, and Westranch Holdings Pty. Ltd. has a 34% interest. There were two other bidders for this area.

The 1,085-km AC-P-32 permit is in the Vulcan subbasin of the Bonaparte basin. Water depths range from 60 m to 100 m.

Australian Minister of Industry, Science, and Resources Nick Minchin said the consortium is expected to spend $20.3 million during the next 6 years.

"This includes the drilling of two exploration wells, and the purchase and reprocessing of seismic and remote sensing data in the area," Minchin said.

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