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Leigh Creek Energy commences drilling operations

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Leigh Creek Energy has announced the commencement of drilling operations at the Leigh Creek site. The drilling programme will initially comprise 3 drill holes that will continue to enhance and validate the models at the preferred Pre-Commercial Gas Demonstration Facility site, while obtaining required environmental data. The data collected will include:

  • Baseline environmental samples of rock and water.
  • Groundwater properties.
  • Rock formation properties including geotechnical information.
  • Coal and overburden samples for additional detailed gasification analysis.

Further drilling to install additional monitoring wells will be defined on completion of these initial wells.

The drilling and monitoring program over the next 8 weeks will capture data that is used in the hydrogeological model, the geological model and the geotechnical model, all of which provides important information to the Environmental Impact Report for the Pre-Commercial Gas Demonstration Operations, along with refining site selection.

Actual water flow testing at depth will be used to calibrate recently constructed hydrogeological models developed from historical data obtained across the Leigh Creek Coal Field.

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