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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 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.

Latest updates

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

OMV evidence 

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 application.

Genesis report

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. 

Hearing Procedures

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

This section:

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.

Contact us

Key contacts at the EPA for the OMV application.

Reports, advice and evidence

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

Previous updates

View previous updates on the proposal.

Other contact information

Other contact information regarding the OMV Maari application

Submissions received

See the submissions received on the CRP proposal.

The hearing

You can view information regarding the OMV Maari application hearing here

Document directory

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

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