As part of the proposed Waitsia Gas Project – Stage 2, AWE is undertaking gas well testing in the Pye Road, Irwin area. The Waitsia gas is a free flowing conventional reservoir.
The well tests, which have been carefully planned to minimise any potential offsite impacts, involve controlled gas flaring. Flaring allows a better understanding of the gas reservoir characteristics, such as flow rate and gas composition. Each test is a 24 hour operation and takes 5-7 days. During this time a glow is likely to be visible at night. Tests are planned to be completed by the end of November.
Responding to community feedback from a previous well test, noise assessment is now routinely conducted as part of project planning. Continual noise monitoring is undertaken during well testing activities. Flow test equipment is planned and constructed with advice and approval from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services and Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety.
Landholders and residents close to the well test sites have been directly consulted. Additional notification has been provided through project flyer distribution, the Shire of Irwin Community Roundtable, the Mingenew Expo, internet, phone calls and emails. This notification supplements these ongoing communication efforts.
Results of the well tests will help AWE and its Joint Venture partner make a Final Investment Decision about proceeding with Stage 2 of the Waitsia Gas Project. Stage 1A has been operating since August 2016 and well performance has been exceeding pre-production expectations.
Proceeding with the Waitsia Gas Project—Stage 2 would see the benefits provided from gas production activities existing in the Shire since 1971 continue into the future. AWE contributes more than $7 million/year to the regional Mid West economy through shire rates, local employee salaries, local service contracts and sponsorships.
AWE is looking forward to our ongoing partnership with the Mid West community.