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OMV New Zealand Ltd: Application for marine consent

OMV NZ

Overview

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 is now required in order to continue drilling. The development drilling will involve drilling up to seven development wells from within existing conductor slots.

The Decision-making Committee (DMC) 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.

Latest updates

Update 21 November 2014

Further information

The EPA has received further information from Maritime New Zealand and WorkSafe New Zealand.  You can view the information using the link below.

Update 19 November 2014

Hearing adjourned

The DMC yesterday adjourned the hearing on the application by OMV for a marine consent. The Committee is now considering whether it has sufficient information to formally close the hearing. Once the hearing is formally closed the DMC has 20 working days to consider its decision. A decision is currently scheduled to be made by 18 December. The decision will be released as soon as practicable after it has been made.
 

DMC Minute M6

The DMC has issued a minute (M6) regarding the supplementary evidence received during the course of the hearing. You can view the minute using the link below.

DMC Minute M5

The DMC has issued a minute (M5) responding to the submissions received regarding DMC minute M3. You can view the minute using the link below.

Update 18 November 2014

Supplementary evidence 

On 18 November 2014 OMV provided supplementary evidence to the DMC as requested during the hearing. You can view the supplementary evidence from  Jennifer Skilton (25), Fleur Tiernan (26), Craig Welsh (27) and Helen McConnell (28) on the 'Applicant's evidence' page and using the link below.

***Urgent Update 18 November 2014***

Hearing day 8

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the start of the hearing today, 18 November 2014, is delayed until 12pm.

Update 17 November 2014

Supplementary evidence 

On 17 November 2014 OMV provided supplementary evidence to the DMC as requested during the hearing. You can view the supplementary evidence from Frank Barker (23) and Simon Childerhouse (24) on the 'Applicant's evidence' page and using the link below.

Update 14 November 2014

Submitter responses to DMC Minute M3 

The EPA received a number of submissions from submitters in response to DMC Minute M3. OMV has in turn responded to the submitters' submissions. The DMC are now considering all submissions. You can read the submitter and OMV's submissions using the link below.

Update 13 November 2014

Supplementary evidence 

On 13 November 2014 OMV provided supplementary evidence to the DMC as requested during the hearing. You can view the supplementary evidence from Karl-Heinz Zelt (21) and Rod Asher (22) on the 'Applicant's evidence' page and using the link below.

Update 12 November 2014

DMC Minute

On 11 November 2014 the DMC issued a Minute (M4) in response to a query regarding M3. You can view the Minute using the link below.

Update 10 November 2014

DMC Minute

On 7 November 2014 OMV provided the DMC with the E107 Drilling Rig and Maari Wellhead Platform Safety Cases and Discharge Management Plans. OMV also applied for a direction under the EEZ Act prohibiting the publication and communication of those documents. You can read the application by using the link below.

On 10 November 2014 the DMC issued a Minute which contains a direction under section 158(3)(b) of the EEZ Act. You can read the Minute by using the link below.

Hearing schedule updated

The EPA has updated the hearing schedule which can be viewed using the link below.

Note: The hearing will be held in the Deloitte Lounge at Westpac Stadium on 11 November and at the Leisure Inn Wellington, 355 Willis Street, Wellington, on 14 and 18 November.

Response to advice request

The EPA has received a response from Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) regarding the advice requested on 15 October 2014. You can view the letter requesting the advice (MDD060) and the response from MNZ (MDD061) using the link below. 


Hearing Procedures

The Hearing Procedures outline the rules, key dates and timeframe by which the hearing will run.



This section:


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.

Contacts

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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