Austrian oil and gasoline firm OMV has determined to postpone its drilling plans offshore New Zealand and Greenpeace is claiming a win, hoping this is able to imply the top of OMV’s drilling operations within the nation.
According to a Thursday report by RNZ, a New Zealand public service radio broadcaster, OMV has indefinitely postponed the drilling of its Maui-Eight exploration properly as a result of coronavirus disaster.
As reported by RNZ, OMV has not too long ago accomplished the drilling of the Toutouwai-1 exploration properly, situated offshore Taranaki, and the Maui-Eight properly was up subsequent.
Citing a spokesperson for OMV, RNZ reported that OMV would no longer go forward with the Maui properly and there have been no plans to reschedule the work.
Also, in a buying and selling replace on Wednesday OMV mentioned that in its 1Q 2020 report it might file exploration write-offs of round EUR 80 million ($86.9M) associated to Tawhaki in New Zealand and Altlichtenwarth in Austria.
Following the information of OMV’s operations halt, Greenpeace is claiming “a win of generational significance that indicators an finish to offshore oil exploration in New Zealand”.
Greenpeace local weather and power campaigner, Amanda Larsson, mentioned on Friday that the exit of OMV and its colossal exploration rig, the COSL Prospector, now successfully spells the top to offshore oil exploration in New Zealand.
“Following the departure of Petrobras, Anadarko, Equinor/Statoil, Chevron and others, OMV was the final main oil firm trying to find new oil and gasoline in New Zealand waters. It’s one of many solely firms that also had the correct to seek for oil hereafter securing drill permits previous to the 2018 ban on new offshore oil exploration“, Larsson mentioned.
Greenpeace has been working to stall or cease OMV’s 2019/2020 offshore drilling plans in New Zealand since final 12 months with its activists dealing their blows to the corporate at two separate events.
First, they occupied OMV’s help vessel Skandi Atlantic in late November 2019 to cease it leaving the port in Timaru.
Later, in early December 2019, the activists moved in entrance of OMV’s places of work in Plymouth the place they shaped a human barricade. The occupation lasted three days and ended with activists leaving a parting present to OMV. Namely, they put in an out of doors pop-up museum in OMV’s automotive park, stuffed with artefacts from the oil trade’s previous.
According to Greenpeace, a few months later, and the corporate was pressured to confess it had sawed by way of its personal drill shaft by chance, inflicting a halt to operations and thousands and thousands of in harm.
Larsson mentioned folks up and down the nation could be celebrating the oil large’s departure from New Zealand.
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