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ExxonMobil spins drill bit off Australia in search of new gas source

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first_imgExxonMobil has begun an offshore exploration drilling program in the Gippsland Basin to search for new sources of gas.Ocean Monarch; Source: Quadrant EnergyExxonMobil said on Monday that it was drilling two exploration wells, known as Baldfish and Hairtail, on the VIC/P70 block as part of its investment program to find and bring online new gas supplies.Exxon’s Australian subsidiary Esso Deepwater Gippsland holds a 100 percent interest in the VIC/P70 block, which is approximately 90 kilometers off the East Gippsland Victorian coast.The wells are being drilled by Diamond Offshore’s Ocean Monarch semi-submersible drilling rig, and the operations are expected to take several months.Chairman Richard Owen said: “The two wells will be drilled in water depths ranging from 350 to 700 meters, amongst the deepest water depths drilled in the Gippsland Basin.Targeting gas“These wells are targeting gas prospects, with the objective of proving up resources for timely development and contribution to the Australian domestic gas market.”The AUD$120 million ($88.25 M) investment in drilling by Esso Deepwater Gippsland is in addition to the recent investments by ExxonMobil Australia in Victoria, including the AUD$4.5 billion Kipper Tuna Turrum offshore project, the AUD$1 billion Longford Gas Conditioning Plant and the future development of the West Barracouta gas field.“This $120 million exploration drilling program demonstrates our commitment to bringing new gas supplies to the domestic market.“ExxonMobil Australia is also actively considering a potential LNG import project to bring additional supply to the east coast gas market,” Owen added.Since ExxonMobil drilled the first well in 1965 in Australia’s Bass Strait, approximately four billion barrels of crude oil and eight trillion cubic feet of natural gas have been produced.VIC/P70 location; Source: ExxonMobillast_img read more

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Tommy Ison – of Oldenburg

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first_imgTommy Ison, of Oldenburg, was born on June 11, 1953 in Hamilton, Ohio, a son to Everett D. and Ellen McVey Ison.  He worked at Visteon for many years and was a member of the Metamora Church of God.  Tommy enjoyed many outdoor activities, especially riding horses, hunting and fishing.  He also loved spending time with his family.  On February 14, 2020 at the age of 66, he passed away at The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, surrounded by family.Those surviving who will cherish Tommy’s memory include his caregiver and companion, Andrea Ison; four sons, Tommy E. Ison (fiancé Emily) of Batesville, Chris (Jennifer) Ison of Oldenburg, Jeremy Ison of Greensburg and Ben Ison of Oldenburg; 13 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; one brother, Wayne (Mary) Ison of Metamora; three sisters, Judy (Ron) Jolliff of Brookville, Donna Nichols of Connersville, and Sue (Herb) Halcomb of Metamora.  Also surviving are many nieces and nephews.  Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Earl Ison, and one sister, Janie Ison.Friends may visit with the family on Monday, February 17, 2020 from 4 until 8 p.m. at Metamora Church of God, 20124 US Highway 52, Laurel.  Pastor Wayne Ison will officiate the service on Tuesday at 1p.m. at the church.  Burial will follow in Cupps Chapel Cemetery.To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit www.cookrosenberger.com.  The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Tommy Ison.last_img read more

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