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Thursday, 21 February 1980
Page: 313

Mr Jacobi asked the Minister representing the Minister for National Development and Energy, upon notice, on 10 October 1 979:

(   1 ) Has the Bureau of Mineral Resources completed its evaluation of the Fortescue oil field; if so, when will the report be released.

(2)   Does the report support the claims of Esso/BHP that Fortescue is a new field rather than an extension of the Halibut field.

(3)   If the evaluation has not been completed, when is it due to be completed.

(4)   If Fortescue is found to be a new field, what additional revenue will accrue to Esso/BHP from the decision.

Mr Anthony -The Minister for National Development and Energy has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   to (4) See Mr Newman's press statement of 27 November 1979. Copies of the Summary Report on the Classification of Oil in Fortescue Area by the Bureau of Mineral Resources are available on request from the Department of National Development and Energy.

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