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The Austrian company's ship has started drilling deep into the Earth's crust in the Great South Basin.
An OMV spokesman confirmed it recently began the operation with its COSL Prospector at the Tawhaki-1 drill site.
The company has permission to drill 10 exploratory gas and oil wells, but its intention is only for one at this stage.
The drill is being lowered through 1400m of water until it reaches the seabed, and will then penetrate a further 1700m.