The Māui field, located 35 kilometres off the Taranaki coast, was discovered in 1969. It was one of the largest offshore gas fields in the world at the time. A landmark Māui Gas Contract, signed by the joint venture parties and the Crown, provided a long-term basis for the sale and purchase of Māui gas for 30 years.
The Māui A platform was installed in 1977, with full production beginning in 1979. Māui B was built in 1992 and is situated 15 kilometres from Māui A, with the two platforms connected via an undersea pipeline through which product is transported. Māui B is designed to be unmanned, being remotely operated from Māui A.
The platforms are connected to the onshore Māui Production Station at Oaonui which processes the natural gas. Condensate (light oil) and LPG are also processed to ensure readiness for the market.
Māui is in its twilight and we are looking for ways to extend its life.
Owned: Shell 83.75%, OMV NZ 10%, Todd Energy 6.25%
Operator: Shell Taranaki Limited