The drilling rig used by Metgasco to discover massive reserves of methane gas near the Casino airport is dismantled before being moved to a new drilling site.
The drilling rig used by Metgasco to discover massive reserves of methane gas near the Casino airport is dismantled before being moved to a new drilling site.

Rush for gas cash

GAS fever has hit Casino, with Richmond Valley Council deciding to explore opportunities for the provision of gas reticulation.

Two weeks ago, Sydney-based gas exploration company Metgasco announced it had discovered massive reserves of methane gas at the Kingfisher well next to Casino airport.

“Metgasco will bring the gas to the top, but eventually it will have to be run through Casino,” Mayor Col Sullivan said.

The council’s general manager will submit a grant application to the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government for round two of the Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program.

If successful the money will be used to explore opportunities related to the gas industry.

“We will employ someone with expertise to advise us and take us through the process,” Cr Sullivan said. “Whether that means we build a pipeline between here and Lismore, we will just have to wait and see.”

Fastfreeze and the Northern Co-operative Meatworks, both in Casino, have already shown interest in using methane-fuelled power as it is cheaper and greener than coal-fuelled power.

The possibility of expanding gas reticulation into other areas of the Northern Rivers was also recognised by the Federal Government at the Keep Australia Working Program forum in Lismore earlier this year.



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