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Camden North coalbed methane project is suspended

Oilfield Technology,

AGL Energy Limited (AGL) has requested that the New South Wales Department of Planning & Infrastructure suspend its assessment of the proposed Northern Expansion of the Camden coalbed methane (CBM: known as coal seam gas in Australia) project. This includes postponing the PAC public hearing, currently scheduled for later this month.

Group general manager upstream gas, Mike Moraza, said: “AGL understands that there are some members of the community who are concerned about the current proposal and we believe that this suspension will allow us to consider those community concerns.”

The proposed Northern Expansion project has the potential to contribute to the supply of natural gas to approximately 580,000 New South Wales households. It would reduce the reliance on gas supplies from interstate, which will be required to alleviate future gas supply shortages.

The existing operations at Camden have been producing CBM since 2001, and currently provides approximately 5% of the state’s natural gas needs.

Adapted from press release by Jonathan Rowland.

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