The timing of the drilling programme will be determined following detailed planning and will most likely target the early 2016 summer period.

“We are very grateful to the communities of Otago and Southland for the way in which they have engaged with us so far,” says Rob Jager, Country Chairman for Shell New Zealand.

“We will ensure that open and honest engagement with all interested parties continues as the project matures towards the drilling campaign.”

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Jacqueline Baker: 0274 775 137.

Media note

Operator: In 2012, Shell New Zealand, became the operator of PEP 50119. See permit map attached.

Owners: The joint venture parties are Shell New Zealand, OMV New Zealand Ltd and Mitsui E&P Australia Pty Ltd.

Shell has operated in New Zealand since 1911. Today it is the majority owner and operator of New Zealand’s major natural gas fields in Taranaki (Māui, Kapuni and Pohokura), meeting around 70% of this country’s natural gas requirements.

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