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OMV New Zealand Ltd: Application for marine consent



OMV New Zealand Ltd (OMV) is currently drilling in the Maari field in the South Taranaki Bight in accordance with its petroleum mining permit. This activity falls under the transitional provisions of the EEZ Act. However, the transitional provisions ceased on 28 June 2014 and a marine consent was required in order to continue drilling. 

Latest updates

Update 18 December 2014

Marine consent granted

The DMC has granted a marine consent to OMV NZ Ltd to continue its development drilling programme in the Maari field in the South Taranaki Bight. The DMC determined that the overall effect of the development drilling programme on the environment would be minor and in many cases temporary. The consent is subject to 33 conditions which will be monitored and enforced by the EPA.

Please see the links below for a copy of the decision report, the EPA's media release and the public notice of the DMC's decision.

The decision

Decision on the OMV Maari marine consent application

The hearing

You can view information regarding the OMV Maari application hearing here

Reports, advice and evidence

Read the reports, advice and evidence provided to the EPA about the OMV marine consent application.

The application

Learn more about OMV's application for a marine consent and view the application documents.

Decision-making committee

Find out more about the Decision-making Committee appointed by the EPA Board.

Submissions received

See the submissions received on the OMV proposal.

Previous updates

View previous updates on the proposal.


Key contacts at the EPA for the OMV application.

Document directory

Locate all the published documents (apart from submissions) on this page.

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