Shell at a glance

Shell In New Zealand

Pohokura production station in the foreground with Mt Taranaki in the background.

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 100% of operating company Shell Taranaki Ltd. We have offices in Wellington and New Plymouth, employing around 400 people. We also provide contracts to New Zealand firms worth millions of dollars 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 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.

In the community

Our long history in New Zealand means we have deep roots in the community, particularly around the fields we own and operate. We are committed to strong partnerships and are involved in a range of educational, environmental and social activities that are closely aligned with our values.

Shell worldwide

Shell worldwide

Royal Dutch Shell was formed in 1907, although our history dates back to the early 19th century, to a small shop in London where the Samuel family sold sea shells.

Today, Shell is one of the world’s major energy companies, employing an average of 93,000 people and operating in more than 70 countries. Our headquarters are in The Hague, the Netherlands, and our Chief Executive Officer is Ben van Beurden. The parent company of the Shell group is Royal Dutch Shell plc, which is incorporated in England and Wales.

Our strategy seeks to reinforce our position as a leader in the oil and gas industry, while helping to meet global energy demand in a responsible way. Safety and environmental and social responsibility are at the heart of our activities.

Read about our history from 1833 to the present

Our purpose

We believe that oil and gas will remain a vital part of the global energy mix for many decades to come. Our role is to ensure that we extract and deliver these energy resources profitably and in environmentally and socially responsible ways.

We aim to work closely with our customers, our partners and policymakers to advance a more efficient and sustainable use of energy and natural resources.

Our people

Our people work together on some of the most innovative and exciting energy projects in the world. A diverse workforce and an inclusive work environment are vital to our success, leading to greater innovation and better solutions.

Find out about Shell’s Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion at Shell

Professional training, development programmes and ongoing support mean that our people are given every opportunity to reach their potential. And our leadership programmes enable talented individuals to become the energy industry leaders of tomorrow.

Learn more about careers with Shell

Shell at a glance in 2016

70+ countries we operate in

92,000 employees on average

57.1 million tonnes of LNG sold during the year

22 refineries we have interests in

3.7 million barrels of oil equivalent we produce per day

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Financial performance in 2016

Revenue: $233.6 billion

Income: $4.8 billion

Capital investment: $79.9 billion (including acquisition of BG Group plc)

Investment in research and development: $1.0 billion

Fast facts for sustainable development in 2016

$102 million spent on voluntary social investment worldwide. Of this:

  • around $44 million spent on local programmes for community development, disaster relief, education, health and biodiversity; and
  • around $58 million spent on our global themes - energy access, boosting local skills and enterprise, and STEM education.

We estimate that almost $96 million of our total spend in 2016 was in countries that are part of the United Nations Development Programme Human Development Index 2015, that is, those defined as having a gross domestic product of less than $15,000 a year per person. In 2016, Shell spent $45 billion on goods and services from 43,000 suppliers globally.

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What we do

Learn about what we do in New Zealand, our operations and exploration.

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