Great South Basin
Starting in the 1960s, the area was explored and drilled for oil deposits by various, mostly international minerals companies — including Hunt Oil — but by 1984 all of these companies had left empty-handed.
In 2010, Exxon Mobil and Todd Energy relinquished their exploration rights, citing technical difficulties and the harshness of the environment. Royal Dutch Shell subsequently purchased a stake in a joint venture headed by OMV New Zealand, with drilling announced at the start of 2014. Anadarko Petroleum Corporation made a test drilling in the area in early 2014, without success. Schlumberger subsequently made a drilling attempt in the same areas later in the year.
- Crown Minerals - Great South Basin Timeline
- Bidding opens for oil and gas in Great South Basin
- "Exxon Mobil abandons Great South Basin". New Zealand Herald. 11 October 2010.
- "Shell-joins-southern-oil-hunt Shell joins southern oil hunt". BusinessDay.co.nz. 16 August 2011.
- "Shell proceeds with Great South Basin drilling". Fairfax Media. 2014-01-07.
- "Greenpeace hits out at prospect plan". Radio New Zealand. 2014-10-25.
- Oil,Gas & Minerals Of Southland, New Zealand
- Crown Minerals Group - Ministry of Economic Development
- WikiLeaks Cable 06WELLINGTON551, NEW ZEALAND MAY SEE BIGGER HUNT FOR OIL AND GAS