Timor Sea Environmental Research
A new body of world class research in the Timor Sea
Following the Montara incident in 2009, PTTEP Australasia embarked on one of the most comprehensive scientific monitoring programs ever undertaken in Australia in order to determine any potential environmental impacts from the hydrocarbon release on the ecosystems of the Timor Sea.
The results of the series of independent studies which make up this monitoring program have been made available through the publication of the Montara Environmental Monitoring Program Report of Research 2013.
This program has produced a new, world class body of scientific research into the region’s marine environment and the most detailed description ever of Timor Sea wildlife, fish and habitats.
PTTEP hopes the report will help protect the Timor Sea marine environment by raising awareness of the environmental significance of the Timor Sea and informing governments and the oil and gas industry in their efforts to guide development in the area.
The research has also provided a clear picture of the environmental impact of the Montara incident.
Overall, the studies agree there was little or no detectable impact on any marine ecosystem or species.
Sharing the lessons learnt from Montara with industry and government is part of PTTEP’s commitment to help improve the industry’s safety and operational performance. Sharing the environmental knowledge we have gained through the incident is also vital to protecting our valuable marine and coastal habitats for the future.
The monitoring program was developed by PTTEP in close consultation with the office of the Federal Environment Minister and the Department of the Environment (DoE).
The full scientific studies are available on the Department of the Environment web page.