This research will develop more representative models for estimating the groundwater impacts from coal seam gas well fields.

This will improve the prediction of groundwater impacts by ensuring accurate representation of the effects of CSG production in the groundwater models being developed for the Namoi region.

Reports and papers

Improving groundwater models to better represent coal seam gas extraction impacts in the Namoi region PDF 6 MB

This research addresses community concerns around the impact of potential CSG development activities on groundwater and the Great Artesian Basin in the Namoi region of NSW.

Using site-specific conditions and CSG production scenarios proposed for the Namoi sub-region this research adapts and refines groundwater modelling techniques. This helps to reduce uncertainty around groundwater impacts of proposed CSG development by improving the accuracy of regional-scale predictions for water production and groundwater pressure draw-down.

This work complements other GISERA groundwater research projects in this region, including investigation of Great Artesian Basin (GAB) depressurisation, risk assessment of groundwater contamination, and spatial design of groundwater monitoring networks.

The results of this project can also be used to inform approaches of other CSG groundwater assessments.

Final report, May 2019

Project progress

This project is now complete.

Project proposal PDF 646 KB

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

Project order, November 2016.

Progress report PDF 663 KB

The project outline, any variations and research progress.

Progress report, May 2019.

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