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
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.