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Dunedin: Future service town to Shell? #realitycheck

We need the business, but…

Shell’s Roland Spuij highlighted that New Zealand’s historical success rate was 15%, compared with a global success rate of more than 30%, and said that the Great South Basin as a ”frontier” area had its pitfalls.

### ODT Online Tue, 9 Apr 2013
Gas drilling ’50:50′ call – Shell
By Simon Hartley
Oil and gas explorer Shell says its chances of undertaking a $200 million exploratory drilling programme in the Great South Basin are 50:50, with a decision expected within months. The company, which has spent more than $80 million in two separate seismic surveys in the basin off Otago in recent years, also confirmed yesterday it had committed a further $US10 million ($NZ11.8 million) to additional exploration of the Great South Basin. The latter work will include more than 2000km of 2-D seismic surveys within a 8500sq km exploration block acquired last December.

Data suggested the test drill had a 70% likelihood of being unsuccessful, with a 30% chance of finding commercially viable gas deposits.

Shell’s New Zealand exploration venture manager Roland Spuij was in Dunedin yesterday for a meeting with mainly local business people, which was abandoned because of interruptions by more than 30 anti-exploration protesters.
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Embarrassing!
Oil protesters shut down Shell meeting

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What’s Syd really up to at DCC, given the history, forgetting Cull

Haha, Syd’s preaching there’s a lot in it for Dunedin if offshore drilling for oil and gas proceeds. We would say, matter-of-factly, only a minor few businessmen will ‘profiteer’, the rest of us won’t see a cent, ever. He’s a simple guy. It’s more about who he knows and how he can be used by them. He’s THE ONE to force out of Council in 2013, IF he decides to stand again. His age is working against him plus he’s got the Taieri subdivisions to keep him busy. Dependably, the mob will find someone to fill his boots. Like nothing happened.

[However, What if? troops, fact-finding has never been so much fun.]

Cr Syd Brown, chairman of the Dunedin City Council’s finance, strategy and development committee, said it did not matter when drilling occurred, and the “real positive” was Dunedin remained on the company’s radar. “It’s really a matter of when it does happen that we make every post a winner, so that that opportunity can be spread over the economy of Dunedin.”

### ODT Online Thu, 2 Aug 2012
Oil drilling off Oamaru postponed
By Chris Morris and Simon Hartley
Dunedin remains in the running to become an oil base, despite the decision by oil giant Anadarko Petroleum to delay bringing a drilling rig into southern waters, a Dunedin city councillor says. It was confirmed yesterday Anadarko had deferred bringing a rig to the Canterbury Basin, offshore from Oamaru, until the summer of 2013. The company had planned to start drilling off the coasts of Raglan, Canterbury and Otago last summer, but that was delayed to October this year because of a global shortage of rigs. Yesterday’s news of a further delay prompted mixed reactions in Dunedin, which could benefit from becoming an oil base if drilling proceeded.
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