The Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA) has welcomed the recent appointment of Sean L’Estrange as Western Australia’s new Minister for Mines and Petroleum.
Mr L’Estrange will replace Bill Marmion, who has been appointed Minister for State Development.
APPEA Chief Operating Officer Western Region, Stedman Ellis, said: “While the low oil price presents significant challenges for companies and projects, the outlook for Western Australia remains bright […] Australia is set to become the world’s largest producer of LNG by the end of the decade thanks, in part, to new WA projects such as Gorgon, Wheatstone and Prelude […] The challenge for governments and industry is to ensure we stay competitive in an increasingly tough global market […] We now have a tremendous opportunity to convert the state’s onshore natural gas resources into long-term prosperity […] It is vital, therefore, that the new Minister focuses on policies that ensure access to resources, encourage exploration and reduce unnecessary red and green tape.”
Edited from press release by Callum O'Reilly
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