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 cease on 28 June 2014 and a marine consent is required in order to continue drilling past this date. The development drilling will involve drilling up to seven development wells from within existing conductor slots.
The decision-making committee that has been appointed by the EPA Board will consider all submissions made by the public and people can choose to speak directly to the committee at public hearings.
Update - 19 September 2014
Response to further information
OMV responded to the further information request from the DMC on 17 September 2014. You can see the response using the link below.
Update - 18 September 2014
OMV evidence now available
The evidence provided by OMV is now available. You can view the evidence using the link below.
Update - 17 September 2014
The EPA has received witness evidence from OMV in relation to their application. This will be made available on the EPA website on Thursday, 18 September 2014.
Update - 11 September 2014
Response to further information request
OMV responded to the further information request from the DMC on 10 September 2014. You can see the response using the link below.
Update - 10 September 2014
Application reviewed from Māori perspective
Ngā Kaihautū Tikanga Taiao, the EPA's independent Māori Advisory Committee, prepared a report reviewing the OMV Maari application documents from a Māori perspective. You can view the report using the link below.
Update - 5 September 2014
EPA Staff Report
The EPA staff have prepared a report that evaluates
the information provided by OMV in support of its application. It is an input into the decision-making process by
the Decision-making Committee that has been appointed to determine the
The EPA commissioned Genesis Oil and Gas Consultancy Ltd to review the OMV Maari marine consent application.
Updated report from OMV
OMV provided an updated Oil spill trajectory modelling report to the EPA on 29 August 2014. You can view the report and a table describing the modifications using the link below.
Update - 27 August 2014
Hearing dates and application timetable
The EPA has approved an extension of time to the period between the close of submissions and the start of the hearing to allow the hearing to start at a later date. The hearing will now start on 29 October instead of 23 September as previously scheduled. The extension of time follows a request by OMV which relates to witness availability for the hearing.
The dates have been revised as follows:
- EPA Staff Report will be released on 5 September
- Applicant evidence is due on 17 September
- Submitter evidence is due on 26 September
- Hearing notice will be released on 30 September
- Expert conferencing will be held between 13 and 17 October
- Notices of any questions for any witnesses due with EPA on 22 October
- Hearing commences on 29 October.
The date for the decision on the application (18 December) remains the same.
The Hearing Procedures have been revised to reflect these changes. You can view the Hearing Procedures at the link below.
Analysis of Submissions
An analysis of submissions has been carried out by Jacobs New Zealand Ltd. You can view the report at the link below.
The Hearing Procedures outline the rules, key dates and timeframe by which the hearing will run.