COOPER Energy has announcesdhe Sole Gas Project has passed a critical milestone with the first flow of gas from the Sole gas field to the Orbost Gas Processing Plant for the second, and final, phase of commissioning.

Gas produced by the field is being used to commission the plant’s raw gas processing facilities. Initial gas production and processing levels will be at small volumes. Gas production is expected to increase gradually as the second phase commissioning progresses towards completion and the performance of a full-rate production test.

Satisfaction of the commissioning activities will enable commencement of gas supply from Sole to the customers under long term contracts.

Pipeline operator APA Group (ASX: APA) has that advise full rate production and commercial operation for firm gas supply are anticipated in March 2020.