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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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Abu Dhabi

End of last week, a colleague’s brother and his family flew out of Christchurch to take up work and residence in Abu Dhabi, the largest member of the United Arab Emirates federation and a major oil exporter. Population: one million.

It’s a place I know little about, except through Youtube videos profiling the fantasmic architecture and the forward-looking strategic plan.

At The Chronicles of Yarnia we mention Abu Dhabi will debut Personal Rapid Transit “Podcars” later this year.

Tonight, there’s more news feed on Abu Dhabi’s financial aid for Dubai.

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### TVNZ News 6:52PM Monday December 14, 2009
Abu Dhabi gives Dubai surprise bailout
Source: Reuters
Abu Dhabi stepped in to help fellow United Arab Emirates member Dubai with a $US10 billion injection, of which $US4.1 billion was allocated to troubled state-owned conglomerate Dubai World to pay immediate obligations, Dubai said on Monday.
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usnewsandworldreport 15 July 2008
Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi, UAE will become a cultural centre with organic, postmodern and cutting-edge architecture designed by world-class architects including Jean Nouvel, Zaha Hadid, Frank Gehry, and Tadao Ando. These futuristing buildings include the Louvre Abu Dabi, Abu Dabi Performing Arts Center, Abu Dabi Guggenheim Museum, and Maritime Museum.

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squintopera 17 June 2008
The Urban Planning Council of Abu Dhabi (UPC) appointed Squint Opera to create a short film illustrating their grand Urban Planning Guide for Abu Dhabi. The film was presented at Cityscape Abu Dhabi, 13-15 May 2008.

The film communicates the principles and visualises the UPC plans for the expansion of the city to attract investors, developers and architects. The UPC commissioned this film as an awe-inspiring vision demonstrating the scale, ambition and radical nature of the plan.

Alice Scott directed the six-minute film that describes the plan in 3D, bringing life to certain aspects of the unique environment and a future evolving culture. Through 4 main key themes (Green – Live – Work – Connect) we are shown pedestrians walking the shaded sidewalks, using the world-class metro system and trams surrounded by green, energy saving residential townhouses, villas, high rises, offices and retail developments. The imagery shows desert landscaping, renewable energy measures and water-cooling canals in the streets of Abu Dhabi and demonstrates a efficient quality of life for the future population.

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