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Current Activity

A number of key global and national oil and gas companies are currently active in the New Zealand industry, including:

  • Shell Todd Oil Services is a pioneering gas and oil operator that has been active in New Zealand for more than 50 years. STOS is owned by Shell Petroleum Mining and Todd Petroleum Mining who each hold a 50% stake in the company. STOS operates a number of gas fields, production stations and a tank farm for joint venture partners that include Shell, Todd Energy and OMV. Fields include Maui and Kapuni and STOS provide support to Pohokura's operator Shell Exploration NZ Limited. Collectively from these fields, STOS is responsible for producing a significant proportion of New Zealand's energy supply.
  • AWE Limited is an Australian based oil and gas exploration and production company, registered on the ASX,  with interests and an office base in New Zealand.  Amongst its interests in New Zealand, AWE is an equity partner and operator in the Tui oil field off shore Taranaki.
  • Origin Energy is a leading Australasian integrated energy company, that has a extensive O&G investments and an office base in New Zealand. Investments and involvements in NZ include Kupe and Rimu in the Taranaki basin, northland basin exploration interests and Origin Energy is a JV partner with US giant Anadarko in relation to Canterbury basin developments.
  • Todd Energy is a 100% owned New Zealand company and has been a leading oil and gas explorer for over 70 years. In conjunction with its joint venture partners, Todd Energy has ownership of a number of facilities that are responsible for a significant proportion of New Zealand's hydrocarbon production. Company interests include Maui, Kapuni, McKee, Mangahewa, Pokokura and Maari.
  • L&M Energy has a portfolio of assets involving both conventional petroleum exploration and development as well as coal seam gas initiatives in New Zealand. The company is registered on the NZX and ASX.
  • TAG Oil are an oil producer and proven explorer. TAG is actively involved in the Taranaki basin and East Coast basins. The company is the largest acreage holder of Whangai-Waipawa oil shale in New Zealand.
  • New Zealand Oil and Gas Ltd (NZOG) is listed on the NZX and ASX, with significant oil and gas holdings, exploration permits and investments.
  • OMV, headquartered in Vienna, is one of Austria’s largest listed industrial companies and the leading energy group in the European growth belt. The company was founded in 1956 and is active in exploration and production. The company has an office and extensive investments in the New Zealand O&G industry.
  • Octanex are involved in oil and gas exploration and its related activities in Australia and more recently Taranaki, New Zealand. The Company is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange.
  • Greymouth Petroleum: Established in 2000, Greymouth Petroleum is a fully integrated New Zealand owned and operated oil and gas production and exploration company. Greymouth is involved in O&G development and exploration activities in New Zealand, including the Taranaki basin and Great South basin.
  • Anadarko: One of the largest independent oil and natural gas exploration and production companies in the world, Anadarko is involved in O&G exploration activities in the Taranaki and Canterbury  basins.
  • Petrobras:A publicly traded corporation, the majority stockholder of which is the Government of Brazil, Petrobras is a globally significant energy company involved in exploration and production, refining, oil and natural gas trade and transportation, petrochemicals, and derivatives, electric energy, biofuel and other renewable energy source distribution. Within New Zealand, Petrobras are involved in O&G exploration in the Raukumara Basin.
  • Kea Petroleum: An AIM listed oil and gas exploration company with interests in six petroleum exploration permits in Taranaki and Northland basins of New Zealand and two permits in Australia. Kea listed on the London market in February 2010.
  • New Zealand Energy Corporation: NZEC is a publicly-traded company (TSX-V:NZ, OTCQX:NZERF) focused on the production and exploration of oil and natural gas prospects in New Zealand. They are active in the Taranaki and the East Coast basins of New Zealand.
  • Cue Energy Resource Ltd: Cue Energy Resources Limited is an oil and gas exploration and production company with a regional focus on SE Asia and Australasia. They have petroleum assets in Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, New Zealand and Australia. Established in 1981, the company has continuously grown over recent years through a mix of acquisitions and discoveries resulting in our current portfolio. The company's intention to continue to grow through hydrocarbon exploration and production.
  • Beach Energy: Beach Energy is a long established oil and gas Exploration and Production Company. Formerly called Beach Petroleum, they are based in Adelaide, South Australia, and registered on the ASX.Beach holds interests in more than 300 exploration and production tenements in Australia, USA, Egypt, Tanzania, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. They entered New Zealand in 2005 and details on their New Zealand O&G interests are outlined here.



Other companies

  • Methanex - Canadian head office global company, Methanex is the world's largest supplier of methanol to major international markets in North America, Asia Pacific, Europe and Latin America. The company has numerous strategic global operations - one of which includes New Zealand. Methanex New Zealand owns two methanol facilities located in Taranaki. They are known as the Motunui and Waitara Valley sites. Methanex NZ is a major exporter with more than 90% of the methanol produced in New Zealand being sold for export to markets in Japan, Korea and China.