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Submissions open on Beach Energy marine discharge consent application

The EPA has opened public submissions on a marine discharge consent application from Beach Energy Resources NZ (Holdings) Limited for activity in the Canterbury Basin.

Beach Energy Resources NZ Limited has applied for a consent to discharge trace amounts of harmful substances from the deck drains of a Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit. Trace amounts of harmful substances are sometimes included in deck drainage when residual amounts remain on the decks after the clean-up of minor spills.

This relates to Beach Energy’s exploration and appraisal drilling programme within exploration permit PEP38264.

Appraisal wells are used to test how much oil or gas is present, and how far it goes down. This will allow Beach Energy to determine if it is worth applying for consents to extract the oil and gas reserves.

Submissions are open until Friday 6 July 2020.

Read more about the application and how to make a submission

Find out about Beach Energy’s plans for oil and gas exploration in the Canterbury Basin