Australia’s attempt to prove up a world-class shale gas resource in the Beetaloo basin is ongoing with operators Empire Energy and Santos returning positive flow test results from their current wells.

Santos has an ongoing two-well operation at the Tanumbirini field where its project partner on Monday said the latest flow test rates on the 2H and 3H wells have increased to 7.4 million cubic feet per day of gas and 4.3 MMcfd following the installation of production tubing.

The flow rates are much higher than corresponding