Soon after the ship arrived in South Taranaki the crew received an on-board welcome and blessing from the Reverend Albie Martin representing the Ngati Tara hapu (Taranaki iwi). Ngati Tara suggested the name “Ruru” which means “protector”, for the well.
“Safety and environmental protection comes first for us. Many of the hundred men, some from overseas, were visibly moved as Rev Martin wished them safekeeping in their work and, reciting an ancestral Taranaki prayer, blessed the working areas of the ship,” says Rob Jager, General Manager of Shell Todd Oil Services.
A comprehensive safety and environmental plan is in place for the Ruru well. STOS has been safely operating the offshore Maui field for more than 30 years without a significant discharge incident.
The demand for energy is growing, and oil and natural gas, alongside alternative energy sources, will be part of that energy future for years to come. In 2009 the oil and gas sector contributed $2.5 billion to GDP (Source Venture Taranaki).
Ruru is approximately 40 kilometres off the South Taranaki coast and straddles both the Maui Production License and the adjacent Petroleum Exploration Permit (Ruru, PEP 381203).