Incitec Pivot & Central Petroleum Enter Framework Agreement
Central and IPL agreed a starting field price for gas which provides a commercial underpinning for the development of the natural gas project, and which remains confidential. The HOA contemplates IPL providing assistance in sourcing capital for drilling and reserve certification. The agreement sets out the key milestones that will need to be met before a binding gas supply agreement (GSA) is executed.
"This agreement shows that it is economic to supply gas from the Northern Territory into the domestic market in the Eastern states at a price capable of supporting industrial customers", said Richard Cottee, Managing Director of Central Petroleum.
"The agreement is akin to the first steps taken by QGC to contribute to the ongoing operations of Gibson Island in 2004 - that agreement was also negotiated by IPL's James Fazzino and I. The history of the development of the domestic gas market in Queensland always has seen IPL taking a lead role in shaping its future.
"The most difficult part of any negotiations is price and that is the importance of this HOA. The precise form of financial support and the pipeline tariffs are still to be determined", Mr Cottee said.
Both Central and IPL support the development of an open and transparent domestic gas market which will create opportunities for smaller scale and lower capital expenditure projects while placing downward pressure on domestic gas prices. Both parties believe that any interconnection will be part of a market based solution for industry. Natural Gas is an important part of the Australian economy and cannot be totally substituted by electricity (renewable or otherwise), and the gas is intended primarily to be used as feedstock in manufacturing by IPL.
Central also welcomes the announcement on Friday of a MOU between NSW and the Northern Territory governments signaling cooperation on both the development of the pipeline and a national and competitive domestic market. Central wishes to play its role in helping achieve those objectives.
About Central Petroleum Limited
Central Petroleum Limited (ASX:CTP) is a well-established, and emerging ASX-listed Australian oil and gas producer. In our short history, Central has grown to become the largest onshore gas producer in the Northern Territory (NT), supplying industrial customers and senior gas distributors in NT and the wider Australian east coast market.
Central is positioned to become a significant domestic energy supplier, with exploration and development plans across 180,000 km2 of tenements in Queensland and the Northern Territory, including some of Australia's largest known onshore conventional gas prospects. Central has also completed an MoU with Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG) to progress the proposed Amadeus to Moomba Gas Pipeline to a Final Investment Decision.
We are also seeking to develop the Range gas project, a new gas field located among proven CSG fields in the Surat Basin, Queensland with 135 PJ (net to Central) of development-pending 2C contingent resource.
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