Cooper Energy has reported that installation of the horizontally directional drilled (HDD) shore crossing of the gas pipeline from the Orbost Gas Processing Plant for the development of the Sole gas field has been completed by the HDD contractor.

The pipeline shore crossing was previously rescheduled due to unexpected ground conditions, which had prevented completion of previous attempts and required modifications to the work plan. The umbilical shore crossing was completed in December 2017.

The shore crossing element of the project will be completed in the next few weeks after final survey, testing and stabilisation on the seabed.