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Energy industry innovation and activity - Taranaki, March 2018

By Neil Ritchie

There are some small energy activities happening or planned for Taranaki waters and beyond.

Shell Exploration NZ is currently carrying out some routine inspection work off the coast of Motunui. The Southern Star vessel is undertaking the work near the Pohokura B unmanned platform and the pipeline between the platform and the shore. 

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The New Zealand energy industry is continuing consolidating but with the price of oil now about $US60 per barrel further oil and gas exploration is likely in the next few years, as well as planning for the decommissioning of several existing offshore Taranaki fields.

The Todd Corporation is selling its 16 percent stake in the offshore Taranaki Maari-Manaia oil field to fellow partner and ASX-listed Horizon Oil for US$17.6 million as the country's wealthiest family continues reshaping its energy portfolio.

Energy sector companies commended in recent awards

By Neil Ritchie

Two “home grown” Taranaki companies that initially concentrated on the region’s energy industry were both highly commended in the recent TSB-Taranaki Chamber of Commerce 2017 Business Excellence Awards.

Oakura-based Spill Control NZ was highly commended in Category A of the Small Business Excellence Award section of the competition, while New Plymouth’s SafetySolutions was highly commended in Category B of the Service Excellence Award section.

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Overseas interest in acquiring control of some of New Zealand’s major and mid-sized oil and gas companies continues.

Canadian listed Jadestone Energy is now thought to be another bidder for Royal Dutch Shell’s remaining New Zealand oil and gas assets, joining large listed multinational corporations such as fellow Canadian Vermilion Energy and Austrian giant OMV, Aussie listed Woodside Energy and even private company Greymouth Petroleum, in conjunction with global investment company KKR.