Oil and gas junior Leigh Creek Energy has been awarded two exploration blocks in South Australia.
The Adelaide-based explorer told share holders that it had successfully won PEL 675 and PEL 676 by the Department of Energy and Mining. Both licences were released in last year’s Cooper Basin Acreage Release.
Leigh Creek said it still has to secure Native Title agreements, before which planned work programs over the next five years could commence. These include 2D and 3D seismic surveying and the drilling of exploration wells at PEL 676.
Both permits are located in close proximity to previous hydrocarbon discoveries, Leigh Creek said, and the company will pursue farm-in endeavours to optimise its acreage in the Cooper and Eromanga basins.
Leigh Creek has flagged a potential syngas project for its acreage in northern South Australia, for which it received a PMRS certification of 1,153PJ 2P in March this year from USA-based MHA Petroleum Consultants.
This followed a successful pre-commercial demonstration plant at the Leigh Creek Energy Project which produce gases with commercial flow rates from a single gasifier.
Leigh Creek’s confirmed reserves are located in PEL 650 of the Telford Basin, which contains three coal seams.