Western Australia - (Upstream): The permanent greening of 99% of Australian desert may no longer be a supermajor pipedream.
This week San Ramon energy giant Chevron was keeping characteristically silent amid reports it is negotiating to build a state-of-the-art desalination complex.
A BigOilBlagger! magazine editorial commented today that the CVX masterplan for irrigating the Oz wastelands will be powered by the company's A$43 billion ($39.6 billion) NW Australia Gorgon gas venture.
Based on the 1970s' desal phenomenon that turned vast swathes of the United Arab Emirates desert into a semi-tropical paradise the proposed scheme would easily put the kybosh up Australia's notorious bushfire arson season.
It could also pave the way for an immediate tripling of the country's population by 2050.
And scupper daftass government plans to tow Antacrtic icebergs for the provision's of the nation's fresh drinking water needs.
"What with Somnali pirates threatening the iceberg haulage and most of the Antarctic chunks melting before reaching Perth the Chevron scheme looks a right winner," Australian PM Kevin Rudd commented today.
ExxonMobil is top contender for a Chevron takeover by Christmas Eve.