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Mereenie Oil and Gas Agreement

Category: 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.

Related Entries

Organisation
  • Central Land Council - Signatory
  • Santos Ltd - Signatory
  • Magellan Petroleum (N.T.) Pty Ltd. - Signatory
  • United Oil and Gas Co (N.T.) Pty Ltd - Signatory
  • Magellan Petroleum Australia Limited
  • Moonie Oil Pty Ltd - Signatory
  • Farmout Drillers Pty Ltd - Signatory
  • Transoil Pty Ltd - Signatory
  • Petromin Pty Ltd - Signatory
  • Canso Resources Pty Ltd
  • Santos Exploration Pty Ltd - Signatory
  • Legislation
  • Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 (Cth)

  • References

    Media Release
    Central Land Council (6 March 2003) Mereenie Oil and Gas Agreement
    Newspaper Article
    Northern Land Council (2003) Mareenie Oil and Gas for Another 21 Years

    Glossary

    Mining Agreement (Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 (Cth)) (Australia)

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