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. We also provide contracts to New Zealand firms worth millions of dollars each year. 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.
Producing natural gas
Shell owned ventures in the Taranaki region (Pohokura 48%, Māui 83.75%) produce about 60% of the gas needed for the New Zealand market and a substantial amount of condensate (light oil).
Shell has a 61% share in the Great South Basin permit (PEP 50119), 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.