Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Victorian Offshore Oil Project Gains Federal Support

Media Release


30 June 2014

Joint release with:

Darren Chester

Federal Member for Gippsland

The West Seahorse project has been granted access to Federal Government Major Project Facilitation (MPF) services, recognising the project's national strategic significance.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said Carnarvon Hibiscus will now have access to MPF services to help advance the project.

“Carnarvon Hibiscus’ $140 million plan is to drill two production wells in Commonwealth waters and produce the wells through a Mobile Offshore Production Unit (MOPU), creating 100 new construction jobs off the Gippsland coast,” Mr Truss said.

“This is the type of private sector investment we are encouraging to boost Australia's economy, and we are playing our part by coordinating and facilitating the various Commonwealth approvals needed.

“Carnarvon Hibiscus proposes to transport oil through a subsea flowline to a floating storage and offloading vessel, before shipping the oil to refineries.

“Administered by my Department, the MPF service helps companies cut through red and green tape by providing early advice and support on approval processes and coordinating those processes across Commonwealth, state and territory governments to reduce delays and costs.”

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the Australian Government would work closely with Carnarvon Hibiscus to get the project delivered as smoothly as possible.

“A major project like West Seahorse will help boost the Gippsland economy,” Mr Chester said.

“In an operational phase expected to last four to six years, Carnarvon Hibiscus will create 30 full time jobs to help extract up to 12,000 barrels of oil a day. The project is also expected to create a further 20 indirect jobs associated with offshore support activities.

“The benefits of jobs and economic activity will flow on to businesses in the region, reinvigorating the local economy and playing a part in boosting Australia's productivity.”

To ensure the approval process is coordinated and achieved as quickly as possible, Mr Truss has written to Victorian Premier Denis Napthine and relevant Commonwealth agencies seeking their active cooperation and assistance.