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Shell In New Zealand

Staff planting in the dunes of the Waitara Marine Park beach

Shell has been safely operating in New Zealand for over 100 years. In August 2017 Shell Taranaki Limited took over operatorship of the Māui, Pohokura natural gas assets and Tank farms. It’s share of Kapuni was sold to Todd Energy who now operate the Kapuni field.

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 300 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%) produce more than 70% of the natural gas needed for the New Zealand market and a substantial amount of condensate (light oil).

Exploration

Shell has a 61% 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.

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Shell worldwide

Shell worldwide

Shell is a global group of energy and petrochemical companies.

Our operations are divided into our businesses: Upstream, Integrated Gas and New Energies, Downstream. Our Projects & Technology organisation manages the delivery of Shell’s major projects and drives our research and innovation.

Our Upstream organisation manages the exploration for and extraction of crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids. It also markets and transports oil and gas, and operates the infrastructure necessary to deliver them to market.

Our Integrated Gas organisation manages our liquefied natural gas (LNG) activities and the production of gas-to-liquids (GTL) fuels and other products. It includes natural gas exploration and extraction, when contractually linked to the production and transportation of LNG, and the operation of the upstream and midstream infrastructure necessary to deliver gas to market. It markets and trades natural gas, LNG, crude oil, electricity, carbon-emission rights and sells LNG as a fuel for heavy-duty vehicles and marine vessels.

In New Energies, we are investing in opportunities where we believe sufficient commercial value is available. We focus on new fuels for transport, such as advanced biofuels, hydrogen and charging for electric vehicles; and power, including from low-carbon sources such as wind and solar as well as natural gas.

Our Downstream organisation manages different Oil Products and Chemicals activities as part of an integrated value chain, including trading activities, that turns crude oil and other feedstocks into a range of products which are moved and marketed around the world for domestic, industrial and transport use. The products we sell include gasoline, diesel, heating oil, aviation fuel, marine fuel, biofuel, lubricants, bitumen and sulphur. In addition, we produce and sell petrochemicals worldwide. Our Downstream organisation also manages oil sands activities.

Our Projects & Technology organisation manages the delivery of our major projects and drives research and innovation to develop new technology solutions. It provides technical services and technology capability for our Integrated Gas, Upstream and Downstream activities. It is also responsible for providing functional leadership across Shell in the areas of safety and environment, contracting and procurement, wells activities and greenhouse gas management.

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Shell has been safely operating in New Zealand for over 100 years. In August 2017 Shell Taranaki Limited took over operatorship of the Māui, Pohokura natural gas assets and Tank farms. It’s share of Kapuni was sold to Todd Energy who now operate the Kapuni field.

Social Investment

Shell’s Social Investment in New Zealand focusses on partnerships that support biodiversity.