Oil company Anadarko won't confirm claims its exploration off
the Otago coast has been unsuccessful.
Greenpeace said leaked information showed the company had
found only hard rock granite, schist and clay.
Anadarko's New Zealand manager Alan Seay wouldn't confirm or
deny the reports but told Radio New Zealand (RNZ) the company
was still analysing information from the drilling.
"We're in the very early stages of what they call logging,
which is what they call gathering the information from the
well, and it's way too early to draw any conclusions at this
stage," he said.
"I'm being told that we're conducting the logging, we're
gathering the information, and it's going to take quite a few
months to do the analysis and to work out what the next steps
Mr Seay said planning for a second well in Otago was still in
place, "but it was always a long shot".
RNZ reported the Ministry of Business, Innovation and
Employment had not received notification of an intention to
drill a second hole or hydrocarbons being found.
Dougall Roberts of Roberts Oil told RNZ he felt the
Greenpeace claim was a bit "bogus".
"These are enormous, enormous areas to consider when you're
looking for ... a defined resource.
"I think there's more work to go."
Mr Roberts said the prospects for finding oil in the area
were still good.
Anadarko did not find commercial quantities of oil or natural
gas in its drilling in the Taranaki Basin last year.