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Australia demands improved safety from BP

Published 18/01/2011

BP has been given its first-ever oil exploration permits off the Australian coast, but the government warned yesterday the London-based energy giant will have to demonstrate higher safety standards than it had applied in the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster before it is allowed to drill.

BP holds stakes in the Northwest Shelf and Gorgon natural gas fields in Western Australia but has never before applied for its own offshore exploration permits in Australia.

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