Shell is a pioneer in New Zealand's energy sector. Since its first investment on the West Coast of the country in 1911, the company has helped to lay the foundations for today's thriving industry.
Our business activities in New Zealand centre on natural gas production. We have been involved in developing and operating the country's flagship natural gas fields for more than 60 years.
Shell owns 50% of operating company Shell Todd Oil Services (STOS). We have offices in Wellington and New Plymouth, employing around 400 people. Our team is made up of a diverse range of people from scientists, to engineers to operations staff. Safety and caring for the environment is at the heart of everything we do.
We contribute to New Zealand’s economic prosperity. Our business provides substantial contracts to Kiwi firms and significant royalties and taxes to the Crown each year.
Producing natural gas
Shell owned ventures in the Taranaki region (Pohokura 48%, Māui 83.75%, Kapuni 50%) produce more than 70% of the natural gas needed for the New Zealand market and a substantial amount of condensate (light oil).
Shell has a 50% share in the Great South Basin permit, off the coast of Otago and Southland. We hold a prospecting permit for scientific research in the remote New Caledonia Basin, 400 kilometres North West of Taranaki, in New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone and Extended Continental Shelf.