STO3-5: Santos QNT Pty Ltd McArthur Basin Hydraulic Fracturing Program NT Exploration Permit (EP) 161 EMP


On 8 June 2021 Santos QNT Pty Ltd (Santos) submitted a revised Environment Management Plan (EMP) for assessment under the Petroleum (Environment) Regulations 2016.

Closes 7 July 2021

Opened 9 June 2021

The revised EMP proposes to do hydraulic fracture stimulation and flow-back and appraisal testing of five wells on two multi-well pads (Inacumba and Tanumbirini). EP161 is in the McArthur Basin, located approximately 350 km south-east of Katherine, NT.

Contact 08 8924 4218

The revision to the EMP focuses on:

  • Fracture stimulation preparation activities   including cement bond logging, drifting and pressure testing;
  • Fracture stimulation and evaluation;
  • Pressure monitoring;
  • Placement of chemical tracers;
  • Installation of tiltmeters;
  • Installation of passive seismic monitoring   surface array;
  • Walkaway vertical seismic profiling;
  • Microseismic / passive seismic monitoring;
  • Tiltmeter recovery and restoration;
  • Flowback fluid recovery and well testing;
  • Installing appraisal (production) testing   tubing;
  • Suspension and build-up testing; and
  • Well appraisal testing.

Read the EMP and Appendices:

For alternative access to the EMP contact the Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security on (08) 8924 4218.

All comments received will be published.

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Submit comments on this EMP by doing one of the following:

  • completing this form
  • sending an email to
  • mail our comments to:
    • DENR Petroleum Operations unit
      PO Box 3675
      Darwin NT 0801

Last updated: 09 June 2021

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