The National Offshore Petroleum Titles Administrator has agreed to extend permit year two of the WA-488-P concession (Melbana 100%) by 16 months to March 21, 2018.
The timeframe for drilling the Beehive-1 exploration well has also been deferred accordingly.
Melbana says recent 2D seismic reprocessing and inversion has improved its understanding of the Beehive prospect. The extension will allow it to perform a further 330 km (205 mi) of 2D seismic broadband reprocessing and stratigraphic interpretation/analogue field studies.
Assuming a successful farm-down of the license, Melbana now aims to drill the well in 2019.