Shell In New Zealand

Staff planting in the dunes of the Waitara Marine Park beach

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.

Shell worldwide

Shell worldwide

Shell is a global group of energy and petrochemical companies.

Our operations are divided into four businesses: Upstream, Integrated Gas, Downstream, and Projects & Technology.

In Upstream we focus on exploration for new liquids and natural gas reserves and on developing major new projects where our technology and know-how add value for resource holders.

In Integrated Gas, we focus on liquefying natural gas (LNG) and converting gas to liquids (GTL) so that it can be safely stored and shipped to markets around the world.

In Downstream, we focus on turning crude oil into a range of refined products, which are moved and marketed around the world for domestic, industrial and transport use. In addition, we produce and sell petrochemicals for industrial use worldwide. Shell’s oil sands mining activities in North America are also part of the Downstream organisation.

Our Projects & Technology business is responsible for delivering new development projects and the research and development that leads to innovative and low-cost investments for the future.

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Who we are

Learn about our business and people, which grew from a small shop in London nearly 200 years ago to become a major energy company.

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