Hopes for more resource exploration
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.