Pohokura Field Development Gets Green Light

New Zealand's Environmental Court has cleared the way for the Pohokura partners to proceed with the development of the gas-condensate discovery in license PEP 38459 off north Taranaki.

The court dismissed the appeal by Maori environmental activists Rata Pue and Huirangi Waikerepuru, though the question of costs against their organization Te Ohu o Pohokura had yet to be settled.

The court said all other appeals had been settled by agreement through amending resource consent conditions.

This cleared the way for Shell New Zealand Ltd, Todd Petroleum Mining Co Ltd and OMV New Zealand Ltd to proceed with their planned development, said Pohokura joint venture operating committee chairman, Dennis Washer.

Elsewhere, Seven-day and 14-day tests were carried out in June and early July at the Pohokura South-01B onshore appraisal well by operator Shell Todd Oil Services Ltd.

After the seven-day test, the well was closed in on June 15 for a two-day pressure build-up test, followed by retrieval of the downhole temperature and pressure gauges. The two-week test began on June 19.

The well is appraising gas and condensate flows from the southern end of the offshore Pohokura field (in PEP 38459) through the 5032 m (along-hole) well which was drilled out to about 2.6 km off the coast late last year.

STOS estimated the well test program will be completed between July 10 and 20.