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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 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 - 20 October 2014

The EPA staff have prepared an Addendum to the EPA Staff Report that was published on 5 September 2014. The Addendum was commissioned by the Decision-making Committee (DMC) and responds to comments made by OMV in its evidence about the proposed set of conditions that were included in the staff report. You can view the Addendum by using the link below and navigating to the ‘EPA Staff Report' tab. 

Update - 15 October 2014

Indicative hearing schedule

The EPA has published a schedule for the OMV Maari hearing. You can view the schedule using the link below. 

Update - 10 October 2014

WorkSafe section 44 response 

The EPA has published a memorandum to the DMC in regard to the section 44 response received from WorkSafe New Zealand. You can view the memorandum using the link below.

Update - 30 September 2014

Submitter witness evidence 

The EPA has received Submitter witness evidence on marine mammals. You can view the witness evidence using the link below.

Update - 26 September 2014

Update on OMV Evidence

A replacement copy of Appendix 4 of Craig Welsh's evidence (on oil spill risk and response) is now available. The replacement document has been partly redacted to protect personal information. You can view the evidence using the link below.

Hearing Procedures

The DMC has issued updated Hearing Procedures. You can view the updated procedures using the link below.

Hearing Notice

The DMC has issued a Hearing Notice for the OMV Maari marine consent application. You can view the notice 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.


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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