This research aims to improve groundwater balance models in the onshore gas development regions of south east South Australia.

Through this study, an improved understanding of groundwater flow regimes in selected gas development areas of the Otway Basin will help inform decision making and community understanding of water takes by the gas industry in relation to other water uses and management measures required for optimal water use.

Reports and papers

Potential impacts on groundwater resources from conventional gas in the South East of SA PDF 5 MB

This study quantifies the overall water balance and drawdown of aquifers for a 1,500 square kilometre area of the south east of South Australia near Penola following the development of three new conventional gas wells – Dombey 1, Haselgrove 4 and Nangwarry 1. Over a 100-year modelling timeframe, the water balance impacts in the study area arising from the construction and operation of the conventional gas wells were found to be minimal.

Final report, March 2020


Potential impacts of groundwater resources from conventional gas in the south east of South Australia PDF 5 MB

Presentation to the March 2020 South Australian Knowledge Transfer Session held in Brisbane and via webex.

Presentation, March 2020

Project progress

This project is complete.

Project proposal PDF 274 KB

A detailed description of the project, budget and research milestones.

Project order, August 2018

Project progress PDF 725 KB

The project outline, any variations and research progress.

Progress report, July 2020

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