Our response to Montara
PTTEP Australasia (PTTEP AA) is transforming its operations to prevent another Montara incident from ever happening again.
The company is embedding the lessons of the H1 well blow out and oil spill in the Timor Sea in 2009 in its governance, organisation and capability, technical systems, and safety culture and management.
In October 2009, PTTEP AA accepted responsibility for funding the monitoring program to address any long term environmental impacts from Montara under an agreement with the Department for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (DSEWPaC).
This key independent research is being conducted by world class Australian research groups:
- Queensland, Curtin, Monash and Charles Darwin Universities
- Asia Pacific ASA
- Australian Institute of Marine Science
The monitoring program is creating a significant body of new baseline scientific data on the Timor Sea and the Western Australian coastline. This will be a valuable asset which PTTEP AA, through the environment agency, will share with the industry and the wider community.
The results of the independent scientific studies have detected some exposure of marine life and eco-systems to hydrocarbons in some area. However, there appears to be little or no impact detected on the health of any species or habitats.
The independent scientific trajectory study showed that no oil from Montara reached the shores of Australia or Indonesia.