Shell at a glance

Shell In New Zealand

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

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.

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).

Exploration

Shell has a 61% share in the Great South Basin permit (PEP 50119), off the coast of Otago and Southland.

Find out more about our assets and exploration projects.

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 can be traced back to the first half of the 19th century.

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 is to strengthen our position as a leading energy company by providing oil and gas and low-carbon energy as the world’s energy system changes. Safety and social responsibility are fundamental to our business approach.

Read about our history from 1833 to the present

Our purpose

Shell's purpose is to power progress together with more and cleaner energy solutions. We believe that rising standards of living for a growing global population are likely to continue to drive demand for energy, including oil and gas for years to come. At the same time, technology changes and the need to tackle climate change means there is a transition underway to a lower-carbon, multisource energy system.

Against this backdrop, we have the following strategic ambitions:

  • to provide a world-class investment case. This involves growing free cash flow and increasing shareholder returns, all built upon a strong financial framework and resilient portfolio;
  • to thrive in the energy transition by responding to society’s desire for more and cleaner, convenient and competitive energy; and
  • to sustain a strong societal licence to operate and contribute to society through a shared value approach to our activities.

Our ability to achieve our strategic ambitions depends on how we respond to competitive forces. We continuously assess the external environment – the markets as well as the underlying economic, political, social and environmental drivers that shape them – to evaluate changes in competitive forces and business models.

We continuously seek to improve our operating performance, with an emphasis on health, safety, security, environment and asset performance.

Our people

Our people are essential to the successful delivery of the Shell strategy and to sustaining business performance over the long term. Performing competitively in the evolving energy landscape requires competent and empowered people working safely together.

A diverse workforce and an inclusive work environment are vital to our success, leading to greater innovation and better energy solutions. We believe that diverse teams led by inclusive leaders deliver better safety and business performance.

Find out about diversity and inclusion at Shell

Learn more about careers with Shell

Shell at a glance in 2017

70+ countries we operate in

86,000 employees on average

66 million tonnes of LNG sold during the year

21 refineries we have interests in

3.7 million barrels of oil equivalent we produce per day

Financial performance in 2017

Revenue: $305.2 billion

Income: $13.4 billion

Capital investment: $24 billion

Investment in research and development: $922 million

Fast facts for sustainable development in 2017

$111 million spent on voluntary social investment worldwide. Of this:

  • around $54 million spent on local programmes for community development, disaster relief, education, road safety, health and biodiversity.
  • around $57 million spent on our global themes - energy access, boosting local skills and enterprise and STEM education.

We estimate that almost $107 million of our total social investment spend in 2017 was in countries that are part of the United Nations Development Programme Human Development Index 2016. These countries have a gross domestic product of less than $15,000 a year per person. Significant support is also provided in the form of voluntary work by Shell employees and donations of equipment.

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What we do

Shell is an international energy company that aims to meet the world’s growing need for more and cleaner energy solutions in ways that are economically, environmentally and socially responsible.

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Locations and Projects

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. Its 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.