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.