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UpstreamOnline: Shell turns on Pohokura taps

By Upstream staff

Shell has flowed first gas from the Pohokura project off New Zealand, with production from the field expected to peak at about 40,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.

“This is a significant step in the journey to deliver gas to meet New Zealand’s energy needs,” Shell said.

Commissioning of the production station will continue over the coming weeks in preparation for commercial gas sales, while offshore the platform installation is under way, with the six offshore wells expected to come on stream over the coming year.

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

The Pohokura Project is being developed on behalf of the joint venture partners by Shell, as operator, with 48% interest. OMV has 26% and Todd 26% of the venture.

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