Woodside pockets millions from government to clean up its own mess

Woodside Energy being paid to take care of its own mess is certainly eyebrow raising, but it’s simply a small part of the long and questionable relationship between the company and the Australian government.

woodside energy Minister for Resources Keith Pitt and a Woodside Energy development (Image: AAP/Lukas Coch; Woodside Energy)

Why would the government pay an oil company to clean up its own mess? 

That’s the question raised by a $8.8 million contract the federal government has handed to Woodside Energy on a limited-tender basis to advise it on decommissioning one of its own abandoned oil production vessels. 

In an announcement last month, Minister for Resources Keith Pitt said that the oil company — which sold the vessel in 2016 to a shelf company that has since collapsed — would be providing advice on what would be needed to decommission the facility, which is now threatening to spew oil into the ocean north of Darwin.

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https://www.crikey.com.au/2020/09/03/woodside-oil-clean-up/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=woodside-oil-clean-up

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