Kapiti’s bright and clean energy future could be fouled fore

Press Release – Frack Free Kapiti

The company responsible for spilling oil on Kapiti beaches in 2010 has applied to drill a further seven wells in the same area. The Environmental Protection Authority is calling for public submissions on OMVs application and Frack free Kapiti has … Read more »

Record gas use signals boost for Refinery

Press Release – Refining NZ

A record-breaking consumption of natural gas at the Marsden Point refinery is driving product yields and lifting refining margins. Read more »

Northland Whales and Dolphins at Risk From Statoil

Press Release – Liz Slooten

Today marine mammal expert Dr Liz Slooten of Otago University expressed concerns over dangers to whales and dolphins from sonar and seismic exploration for deep sea oil in Statoils permit zone off Northland. Read more »

NZOG takes $5 mln uplift for historical royalties

Article – BusinessDesk

July 1 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand Oil & Gas has completed protracted negotiations over historic royalties owed by Genesis Energy on its share of the Kupe oil and gas field’s production, giving the company a one-off $5 million after tax lift to earnings … Read more »

Submissions open on OMV marine consent application

Press Release – Environmental Protection Authority

The Environmental Protection Authority has opened the submission period on a marine consent application by OMV New Zealand Ltd to complete its existing programme of development drilling in the South Taranaki Bight. Read more »

Agreement reached on Kupe overriding royalty

Press Release – NZ Oil And Gas

Agreement has been reached between New Zealand Oil & Gas and Genesis Energy over the payment of overriding royalties from the Kupe oil and gas field. Read more »

Electricity and gas complaints scheme helps set standard

Press Release – Electricity and Gas Complaints Commission

The Office of the Electricity and Gas Complaints Commissioner (EGCC) took more than 2,000 complaints last year. Billing was an issue in 43% of complaints, with customer service, disconnection, and meters the next most common issues . The results are … Read more »

BOC says second CO2 source to meet growing demand

Article – BusinessDesk

June 27 (BusinessDesk) – BOC, the New Zealand unit of the world’s largest industrial gas company, says a deal with NZ Refining gives it a second source of carbon dioxide (CO2) it can process to meet growing demand from the dairy, food processing and beverage … Read more »

Contact extends Fonterra electricity supply at Te Rapa

Article – BusinessDesk

June 25 (BusinessDesk) – Contact Energy, the NZX-listed energy retailer and generator, has secured a six-year contract with Genesis Energy to buy its gas while extending its steam and electricity supply contract with Fonterra Cooperative Group at its … Read more »

Appeal Court dismisses Sturgess claim over Greymouth

Article – BusinessDesk

June 24 (BusinessDesk) – The Court of Appeal has turned down an attempt by Greymouth Petroleum minority shareholder John Sturgess to overthrow a High Court ruling on the sale of his shares. Read more »

PCE report: easier to mine DOC land than use it for tourism

Press Release – Forest And Bird

Forest & Bird says the government should immediately take its current block offers off the market, following a report from the independent Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment (PCE). Read more »

Energy Quarterly: Oil production, exports return to trend

Press Release – Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment today released the March quarter 2014 edition of the New Zealand Energy Quarterly. The report contains the Ministrys latest data and analysis of energy supply and demand. Read more »

Maui’s dolphins need more protection, not seismic surveys

Press Release – WWF

WWF is calling for Mauis dolphins to be protected across their range from risky activities including seismic surveying in light of Green Party revelations that the Government has permitted grants to explore for oil in Mauis habitat. Read more »

CORRECT: NZ Refining hydrocracker upgrade gains lag estimate

Article – BusinessDesk

June 17 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand Refining, the Marsden Point oil refinery controlled by its major customers, says upgrades to its hydrocracker have boosted efficiency even as it misses its original forecast margin. Read more »

Improving the safety of gas appliances and installations

Press Release – Standards New Zealand

Standards New Zealand has published and reconfirmed several gas standards that will improve the safety of many gas appliances. Read more »

Oi-2 commences drilling

Press Release – NZ Oil And Gas

Drilling is underway in the Oi-2 well in Petroleum Mining Permit 38158, the operator has advised. Read more »

Cross Roads-1 Drilling Update

Press Release – Aorere Resources

Mosman Oil & Gas (AIM: MSMN), the New Zealand and Australia focused oil exploration and development company, is pleased to advise drilling progress at its Petroleum Creek Project as follows. Read more »

Oi well to start again after drilling difficulties

Article – BusinessDesk

June 10 (BusinessDesk) – The cost of the US$27 million exploratory Oi well offshore Taranaki has risen to US$40 million, largely as a result of the drilling partners being forced to plug and abandon the first well, which encountered technical difficulties … Read more »

Vector Network Summary for week ending 8 June 2014

Press Release – Vector

There were five car v. pole incidents during the week. An incident in Weymouth required a Vector pole to be replaced before power could be fully restored to the area. An incident in East Tamaki caused damage to a council streetlight pole only. Read more »

SMC Heads-Up: Sheep genome, fracking, high-level science

Column – Science Media Centre

The mapping of the whole genome of the humble sheep will open up new avenues of research for improving the health and quality of New Zealand’s most populous farm animal. Read more »

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