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Effect of Deep-Sea Drilling on Sustainability of Deep-Sea Ecosystems

Funding: 2007: $250,000
2008: $214,000
2009: $25,118

Project Member(s): Booth, D.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Research Council (ARC Linkage Projects)
Santos Ltd
WOODSIDE ENERGY LIMITED (Woodside Energy Partnership Fund)

Start year: 2007

Summary: Offshore oil and gas production makes a significant contribution to the Australian economy and enhances our energy security. Australia's vast deep-sea reserves of hydrocarbons lie on the NW Shelf and in Bass Strait, ecological 'hot spots' that are extremely vulnerable to the impact of exploration, extraction and production. Using deep-sea equipment, we will conduct the field experiments that are essential to understanding these ecosystems and the impact of deep-sea structures. Our advances will produce data and develop methodologies that will make Australia a world leader in reconciling our deep-sea energy and environmental needs.

FOR Codes: Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology), Physical Oceanography, Exploration, Primary mining and extraction processes