Noble Bob Douglas. Photo supplied.
The Otago Daily Times
asked the chambers of
commerce in both Otago and Southland to provide 10 reasons why
their city should win the bid as Anadarko's support base.
Anadarko drill ship Noble Bob Douglas has begun test
drilling 65km off the coast of the Otago Peninsula.
The search for gas and oil has millions of dollars worth of
potential for the city - either Dunedin or Invercargill -
chosen as the support base.
Southland Chamber of Commerce
Southland has set its sight on becoming the ''Taranaki'' of
the South Island. The region is actively pursuing a policy of
positioning itself to be the hub for offshore activity as
exploration companies look to unlock the potential of the
Great South Basin.
The top 10 key advantages that Southland is able to provide
when it comes to meeting the requirements of an exploration
or production base are:
• 1. Regional experience and capability: In the
1970s and 1980s Southland was the service base for the Hunt
Petroleum rigs which operated in the Great South Basin. In
recent times (2007 to 2009) Southland serviced the needs of
seismic vessels carrying out data acquisition in the Great
• 2. Extensive lay down storage areas exist
directly on the port.
• 3. Refuelling and provision for diesel supplies
for rig operation more accessible than at other competitor
• 4. Support vessels require about 8m draft and
this is comfortably provided at South Port.
• 5. Wide selection of dedicated service berths
• 6. South Port has established expertise
handling project cargoes.
• 7. Regional engineering resource: The region
boasts more than 900 skilled engineers and has a more
extensive engineering resource as a result of companies
servicing the aluminium smelter and the meat-processing,
dairy and forestry industries over several decades.
• 8. Full ''one-stop'' support service: The
Southland Energy Consortium was created in 2007 and brings
together the region's broad range of technical expertise and
allows a platform for collaboration such as engineering, port
and marine services, transport logistics, hospitality plus
hydraulic and geological services.This platform allows
Southland businesses to work collectively while also
providing potential exploration companies or investors with
direct access to relevant sectors through a single port of
• 9. Cohesive local government support:
Southland's local government representatives have always
touted their support for potential gas production in the GSB
and they have a reputation of being willing to try harder to
address the needs of new commercial ventures while still
meeting the requirements of their local stakeholders.
• 10. ''Can-do'' attitude: Southland is the
highest-producing region per capita in the New Zealand.
Otago Chamber of Commerce
Dunedin is one of the world's great small cities. It provides
an excellent opportunity for any business to be based here as
the city has many advantages to offer.
Ten reasons why Dunedin should be chosen is too restrictive
as there are far more attributes that we could
• 1. Large diversity of services to accommodate
the needs of the industry, including a skilled engineering
• 2. Excellent fit with a robust Economic
Development Strategy that has been developed across a wide
range of business partners.
• 3. The availability of industrial land suitable
for the industry in convenient locations in the city.
• 4. Excellent support services for healthcare,
including a world-renowned medical school, dental school and
access to first-class medical treatment both public and
• 5. Dunedin has a historic, cultural and
physical identity which provides an enviable lifestyle
including: the largest concentration of heritage buildings,
outstanding natural beauty and wildlife, first-class leisure
facilities and infrastructure, a creative, educated,
multicultural and innovative community.
• 6. Connectivity with many quality links by
digital infrastructure, road, rail, international airport and
international port facilities to enable the transfer of
goods, services, people, knowledge and technology.
• 7. Range of quality accommodation available
including hotels, motels and residential properties.
• 8. Central proximity to all prospects from
Canterbury Basin down to the Great South Basin.
• 9. The University of Otago and Otago
Polytechnic, which both have a reputation for high quality
education, innovation and research.
• 10. A proactive and supportive business