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.
Update - 29 October 2014
The DMC today officially opened the hearing on the OMV Maari marine consent application. The daily transcripts and proceedings for each hearing day will be available the following afternoon and can be viewed using the link below.
Response to further information request
The EPA has received a response from OMV to its request to be provided
with copies of the Discharge Management Plan and Safety Case for the Maari
development drilling activities. You can view OMV's response using the link below.
Update - 28 October 2014
Information about other marine management regimes
On 15 October the EPA sought advice from New Zealand Petroleum and Minerals. This advice has been provided and pursuant to section 44(5) of the EEZ Act you can read it using the link below.
Update - 23 October 2014
Notice of questions to parties
The EPA received two notices by the due date of 22 October 2014. You can view the notices using the link below.
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
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.
The DMC has issued updated Hearing Procedures. You can view the updated procedures using the link below.
The DMC has issued a Hearing Notice for the OMV Maari marine consent application. You can view the notice using the link below.
The Hearing Procedures outline the rules, key dates and timeframe by which the hearing will run.