First Offshore Gas Flows from Pohokura

The joint venture owners of the Pohokura gas field development Shell, Todd Energy and OMV say a major milestone has been achieved with offshore "first gas" flowing from the Pohokura field in Taranaki.

Gas and condensate flowed from the first offshore well (approximately eight kilometers offshore) through the subsea pipeline to the processing production station at Motunui, near New Plymouth.

Five further offshore wells are expected to be drilled over the coming year. Three onshore wells were commissioned in September 2006, along with commercial gas to market.

Natural gas from the Pohokura field is fed into the North Island gas network and the condensate piped to storage tanks at Omata near New Plymouth for shipping to refineries.

Shell (48%), Todd Energy (26%) and OMV (26%) jointly own the field while Shell Exploration NZ Limited (SENZL) operates it.

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