Borehole go-ahead

THE gas exploration company planning to establish a site in Westerdale have been given the go-ahead for a new borehole near Westerdale.

The Westerdale-2 well is planned to evaluate a gas discovery first drilled in 1966, which flowed gas from fractured limestone at a depth of 1,040 metres below surface.

Company evaluations have indicated the potential for between 5 and 38 billion cubic feet of gas in place.

The company had previously drilled a well in the Westerdale area in 2006.

This well did not find commercial gas reserves and the site was subsequently restored to farmland.