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Dart Energy to power $65m glasshouse project in NSW
06/06/2012 - Coal seam gas miner Dart Energy has received approval to drill wells north of Newcastle which, it says, will help produce rosy red tomatoes. Kim Christian
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Dart, which has interests in coal bed methane in eastern Australia, Asia and Europe, has agreed to supply coal seam gas (CSG) to produce heat and electricity for a new $65 million glasshouse project at Fullerton Cove being developed by Maria's Farm Veggies.
As well as tomatoes, Maria's plans to grow capsicums and cucumbers for the Australian market.
Dart is finalising negotiations to secure a drilling rig and says it plans to start site preparations in coming weeks after being granted government regulatory approval and land access.
The miner recently came under fire from anti coal seam gas (CSG) campaigners over attempts to drill for gas in Sydney's inner-west.
Dart chief executive Robbert de Weijer said the approval of the Fullerton Cove pilot project, near Williamtown, was a major milestone in its efforts to provide gas to the NSW market.
He said the Maria's Farm Veggies project would provide up to 200 jobs.
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