CHEVRON Australia has confirmed its commitment to exploration in the Great Australian Bight following BP’s decision not to progress its drilling program in the Bight.
In October 2013, Chevron acquired two deep water exploration permits in the Bight, spanning more than 32,000 square kilometres and nearly doubling the company’s offshore acreage holding in Australia.
A spokesperson for Chevron said the company was continuing to progress its work program associated with the Bight.
“As we do with all our business activities, we work closely with government regulators and stakeholders to ensure any proposed work is completed under the appropriate environmental conditions.”
Port Lincoln mayor Bruce Green said he recently spoke to a representative of Chevron, which is about a year behind BP in the survey and exploration process, and the company had said it was not going anywhere.
“They made the point, the Great Australian Bight was the biggest seismic survey they have ever done and they still consider it highly prospective,” Mr Green said.
Port Lincoln councillor Andrea Broadfoot this week withdrew a motion highlighting the council’s concern that public information on the environment plan for BP’s proposed exploration drilling program did not adequately address key concerns identified by the council.
The issue had been deferred from the last council meeting because there were so many conflicts of interest declared that there was not enough councillors to continue the meeting.
Since then the councillors attended a workshop with the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (ICAC) Bruce Lander who clarified the new conflict of interest rules.
Mr Green said this week the three conflicts he thought he had would not have stopped him dealing with the matter and he would not be declaring a conflict.
However since BP had announced it was leaving the Bight, Ms Broadfoot withdrew the motion, “as it’s a moot point”.