Australian independent Santos has been given approval to begin an infill drilling campaign at its Van Gogh oilfield offshore Western Australia.

Santos believes the Phase 2 infill development will maximise production, access additional reserves, while also helping lower production costs at the offshore oilfield. It follows on from a two-well infill campaign completed in 2019.

The National Offshore Petroleum Safety & Environmental Management Authority (Nopsema) this week gave its tick of approval for Santos to drill three dual lateral wells and tie them back to existing infrastructure.