Coal seam gas company Metgasco is recommencing its operations on the far north coast of New South Wales.
The company suspended its operations in the region about six months ago, citing an uncertain political climate.
Chairman Nick Heath says he was encouraged by what he heard at last week’s energy summit in Sydney.
He says Metgasco plans to drill an exploration well about 12 kilometres north east of Casino.
“We’ve had the environmental approvals submitted for a number of months now and we understand they’re close to being approved,” he said.
“We have a landholder at the site who is very keen for us to drill.
“What we have to do is identify a suitable drilling rig, and make sure we’ve got a rig available in the right time frame, but I would say we could be drilling in the first half of next year.”
Metgasco’s operations have been the focus of long-running protests by residents opposed to coal seem gas.