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18 Opportunity

Local jobs at heart

While the oil & gas industry continues to adapt to testing times and plans for a sustained lower oil price, companies are proving resilient and South Australia is seeing new opportunities for local businesses and workers – including through BP’s work in the Bight.


fter years of planning, the offshore oil & gas industry is finally showing signs of life in South Australia.

BP is leading a group of experienced oil & gas enterprises that plan to explore in the Great Australian Bight. While many of these operate globally, the benefits for local South Australians are becoming very clear. Subject to regulatory approval, BP expects to start drilling two exploration wells off the coast of South Australia late this year. The project team is working closely with the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environment Management Authority on its environmental plans, with an updated submission lodged in March this year as part of the normal iterative process.


The Ocean GreatWhite drilling rig will be located offshore (not visible from the coast), supported by new onshore infrastructure currently under construction. These facilities will play an integral role in the safe and efficient exploration program, while providing a host of opportunities for local jobs. BP opened its Marine Supply Base in Port Adelaide in early March. At the opening, Claire Fitzpatrick, BP’s Managing Director, Exploration and Production, Australia, said she was proud the company was partnering with ASCO and its global expertise, together with highly respected South Australian businesses Flinders Logistics and Flinders Ports.

“The Marine Supply Base will be used to provide specialist materials to the Ocean GreatWhite offshore drilling rig, store large amounts of equipment, host a drilling fluids plant and provide a dedicated wharf area for supply vessels,” Claire said. Andrew Pellizzari, General Manager, Flinders Logistics, said “Our team is proud to work with BP and ASCO to bring our strong safety and environmental management skills to land-side operations at this marine supply base”. ASCO’s CEO Australasia, Matt Thomas, commented on the local input. “ASCO is committed to providing opportunities to the local workforce, with over 70 percent of staff on-site calling South Australia home,” he said.

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