No plans for Dunedin briefings: Anadarko

Oil and gas explorer Anadarko has ruled out suggestions it was having briefings with interested parties in Dunedin this week, with its offshore deep-water test drilling 60km north of the city almost completed.

The drill ship Noble Bob Douglas reached its target depth last week, 1700m below the seabed, following almost four weeks of drilling, at an estimated cost of $122 million.

Anadarko's New Zealand manager, Alan Seay, was contacted yesterday and said there were no plans for briefing any groups in Dunedin, and, when asked, said the Houston-based company had no plans for any public meetings.

Full analysis of test drilling data and samples could take at least 12 to 18 months, before a decision was made on further exploration.

Mr Seay said while no date had been set for Noble Bob Douglas' departure, but it was likely the vessel would leave the drilling area before the end of the month.

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