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New off-shore oil areas in Papua and New Guinea



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NEW OFF-SHORE OIL AREAS IN PAPUA AID NEW GUINEA

(Statement by the Minister for External Territories, the Hon. C.E. Barnes, IMP.)

The I:inister for External Territories, Mr Barnes, announced today that applications would be invited shortly for permits to explore five off-shore oil areas near Papua and New Guinea.

Four areas are adjacent to Papua, near the Trobriand Islands, D 'Entrecasteaux Islands, the Lousiade Archipelago, and off P:iilne Bay. The other is off-shore from the west coast of Bougainville.

In accordance with a United Nations moratorium the areas do not extend into waters deeper than 200 metres.

Mr Barnes said that applications must conform with the requirements of the Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Act.

All applications should be addressed to the Designated Authority, care of the Administrator of Papua and New Guinea.

Details of the areas for exploration are available from the Department of External Territories and the Papua and New Guinea Administration.

Already, tremendous interest had been shown in the areas and it was expected that because a large number of applications would be lodged, it might be some time before successful applicants were known.

CANBERRA A.C.T.

PORT I\°I ORE SBY T. P . N . G .

18 October, 1970

D.E.T./4601