Hopes for more re­source ex­plo­ration

Broome Advertiser - - News - Jakeb Wad­dell

The Kim­ber­ley could be a hotspot for fur­ther re­sources ex­plo­ration in the fu­ture, in­dus­try lead­ers have de­clared.

Dur­ing a min­ing and re­sources pre­sen­ta­tion at the Kim­ber­ley Eco­nomic Fo­rum, sev­eral oil and gas com­pa­nies, as well as Gov­ern­ment de­part­ments, said there was po­ten­tial for more in­ves­ti­ga­tion and re­search in the re­gion, which pro­duced $364 mil­lion in 2017-18.

When ques­tioned by a mem­ber of the pub­lic, De­part­ment of Mines, In­dus­try Reg­u­la­tion and Safety re­source ten­ure ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor Rick Roger­son said he saw great po­ten­tial. “Mod­ern ex­plo­ration here (in the Kim­ber­ley) has not been as ex­ten­sive as it has been in other parts of the State,” he said.

“The Kim­ber­ley has lagged be­hind for a while for a num­ber of rea­sons now but, to put it sim­ply, more could cer­tainly hap­pen.”

Mr Roger­son said ex­plo­ration it­self was hugely ben­e­fi­cial for eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity and cre­ated year-round jobs.

“Ex­plo­ration has a num­ber of pos­i­tive im­pacts and it is sus­tain­able. as long as it leads to more dis­cov­er­ies,” he said.

Theia En­ergy op­er­a­tions man­ager Jop van Hat­tum said the com­pany was de­vel­op­ing the Great Sandy Desert project, which com­prised liq­uid petroleum op­por­tu­ni­ties in the on­shore Can­ning Basin.

“There is still a lot of work to do to make this a re­al­ity and we want to en­sure that it can be de­vel­oped,” he said.

“We will en­gage with Broome and the Kim­ber­ley com­mu­ni­ties as much as we can to achieve these ben­e­fits.”

Dur­ing the ses­sion, In­pex ex­ter­nal af­fairs man­ager John Wil­liams gave the lat­est up­date on the Ichthys LNG project, which is ex­pected to be the big­gest user of the Port of Broome and have three he­li­copter flights each day go­ing into 2019.

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