“In what is believed to be a New Zealand first for oil and gas commercial purposes, the survey will assist in evaluating subsurface data. This technology uses leading-edge remote sensing equipment and is an emerging exploration method that we are pleased to be able to use in NZ waters,” says Rob Jager, General Manager of Shell Todd Oil Services.

The survey boat BOA Galatea uses electromagnetic energy to detect hydrocarbon reservoirs beneath the seabed. A crew of nearly 50 people is on board the modern, purpose-built, 80-metre long vessel which operates around the clock.

The environmental impact of the survey is expected to be negligible, and a comprehensive safety and environmental plan is in place. Stakeholders have been consulted including Maritime NZ, Department of Conservation, Taranaki Regional Council, fishers, hapu and the community.

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