Cooper inks new gas supply agreement for Casino Henry

Monday 10th February 2020

Australia's Cooper Energy has signed a new gas supply agreement with O-I for the supply of 1 PJ per annum for two years starting January 1, 2021.

Cooper said on Monday that the gas is to be supplied from the company's equity share of production from its Casino Henry operations, located offshore Australia. Cooper Energy holds a 50% interest and is the operator with the balance held by Mitsui E&P Australia and its associated entities.

The agreement includes an option for an extension of a further three years.

The contract is Cooper Energy's third gas sales agreement with O-I, an industrial gas user in Australia. O-I committed to the inaugural gas supply agreement for the Sole Gas Project (a life of field agreement for 1 PJ per annum) in 2015 and previously contracted gas supply from Casino Henry for the 2019 calendar year.

Cooper Energy Managing Director David Maxwell said: "O-I were our first gas customer and we are delighted at the opportunity this contract has presented to deepen our commercial relationship. It is also the first agreement for supply in 2021 from our offshore Otway operations, where we are investing to build our gas business further."

Cooper Energy, together with Mitsui, recently acquired the idle Minerva Gas Plant to establish a low-cost gas processing hub for their existing offshore Otway gas production and new discoveries such as Annie. The plant is expected to receive its first gas from Casino Henry in the first half of calendar 2021.

The gas sales agreement with O-I provides for flexibility in processing arrangements, and the provision of gas on a firm basis once supply from the Minerva Gas Plant is established. Prior to that date, processing of gas from Casino Henry will remain at the Iona Gas Plant, Cooper said.

The contracted volume is approximately 17% of Cooper Energy's share of Casino Henry 2020 gas production of 6 petajoules. Cooper Energy expects to initiate marketing for other volumes of Casino Henry 2021 gas production prior to June 30, 2020.

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