Shell is, clearly, serious about its search for gas in the
Great Southern Basin off the coast of Otago and Southland as
it considers whether to spend $200 million on an exploratory
well. It is also, obviously, aware of the need to consult
Austrian oil giant OMV and its majority joint venture partner
Shell New Zealand will begin their next seaborne seismic data
acquisition programme in the Great South Basin this week,
part of an overall $50 million programme.