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Mereenie Oil and Gas Agreement
|Date: ||17 November 2002|
|Sub Category:||Mining Agreement (Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act)|
|Location:||Haasts Bluff, Northern Territory, Australia|
|Subject Matter:||Economic Development | Mining and Minerals | Cultural Heritage | Employment and Training|
|Summary Information: |
|The Mereenie Oil and Gas Agreement of November 2002 was made between the Central Land Council, Aboriginal owners and the Mereenie Joint Venture comprising the following companies: Magellan Petroleum (N.T.) Pty Ltd., United Oil & Gas Co (N.T.) Pty Ltd., Moonie Oil Pty Ltd, Farmout Drillers Pty Ltd., Transoil Pty Ltd., Petromin Pty Ltd., Canso Resources Pty Ltd., and Santos Exploration Pty Ltd.|
The Agreement covers the Mereenie Oil and Gas Field on land belonging to the Haasts Bluff Aboriginal Land Trust, west of Hermannsburg in Central Australia. The operations are conducted by Santos Limited.
A previous 21-year agreement for the area recently expired and the newly signed agreement will run for a further 21 years. Both agreements were negotiated under the provisions of the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976. The new agreement will include sacred site protection, increased employment opportunity for the traditional owners, and enterprise development along the Mereenie Loop Road.
Even though the earlier agreement contained provisions relating to Indigenous employment, not one Aboriginal person was employed throughout the twenty one years the agreement was in operation.
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