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.
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.
Decision on the OMV Maari marine consent application
You can view information regarding the OMV Maari application hearing here
Read the reports, advice and evidence provided to the EPA about the OMV marine consent application.
Learn more about OMV's application for a marine consent and view the application documents.
Find out more about the Decision-making Committee appointed by the EPA Board.
See the submissions received on the OMV proposal.
View previous updates on the proposal.
Key contacts at the EPA for the OMV application.
Locate all the published documents (apart from submissions) on this page.