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Shell Taranaki (formerly STOS) 2017 applications for marine consent and marine discharge consent

Shell Taranaki Limited (formerly Shell Todd Oil Services) has made an application to use a jack-up rig at its Māui platforms, in the South Taranaki Bight. The Environmental Protection Authority is the agency responsible for considering applications for marine and discharge consents for New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone. You can come to this page to find updates about this application, and other relevant information.

The Shell Taranaki 2017 applications are being considered under the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Act 2012 as it was at 31 May 2017. Amendments to the Act made by the Resource Legislation Amendment Act 2017 do not apply to these applications.

Latest update - 19 October 2017

DMC Minute 9 - Request for legal advice on the scope of the application

On 18 October 2017, the DMC issued Minute 9 requesting legal counsel for the DMC to provide advice on the scope of the application. 

On 19 October 2017, the DMC received the advice. The DMC invites counsel for parties to respond to the legal advice by 5pm on Thursday 26 October 2017.

Shell Taranaki have provided closing statement.

Published 10 October 2017

On day three of the hearing Shell Taranaki informed the DMC it will provide its closing statement in written form. On 10 October 2017, Shell Taranaki provided its written statement and appendix.

DMC Minute 8 - Request for legal advice on cumulative effects

Published 9 October 2017

On 9 October 2017, the DMC issued Minute 8 requesting legal advice around cumulative effects. On 9 October 2017, EPA legal counsel provided the advice to the DMC.

DMC Minute 7 - DMC has sought further clarification from counsel for the applicant

Publishd 6 October 2017

On 6 October 2017, the DMC issued Minute 7 asking counsel for the applicant to provide clarification on three minor matters in closing submissions.

Any party that wishes to do so is invited to provide brief comment to the EPA as to the materiality of the information requested by 5pm Monday 9 October 2017.

EPA response to request on timeframes in draft conditions

Published 6 October 2017

On day 3 of the hearing, 4 October 2017, confirmation was sought from the EPA whether it is able to meet the timeframes proposed in the draft conditions of consent as appended in the Joint Statement of Experts in Conditions and Planning.

Hearing schedule update 

Published 3 October 2017

The hearing schedule has been updated, please note that hearing day 3 now starts at 8.00am on Wednesday 4 October 2017.

Oil and Gas Solutions' second report available

Published 3 October 2017

On 2 October 2017, Oil and Gas Solutions provided a second report to the EPA assessing whether the questions categorised as "red" in their original report were adequately addressed by the evidence provided by Shell Taranaki on 11 September 2017.

The application

Learn more about the Shell Taranaki (formerly STOS) applications for marine consent and marine discharge consent and view the application documents


View the index of submitters and the analysis of submissions made on the Shell Taranaki (formerly STOS) 2017 marine consent and marine discharge consent applications.

Decision-making Committee

The EPA Board appointed a Decision-making Committee to decide whether or not to grant the applications.

Reports, advice and evidence

Read the reports, advice and evidence provided to the EPA.


You can view information relating to the Shell Taranaki Limited hearing.


Key contacts at the EPA for the Shell Taranaki (formerly STOS) 2017 applications for marine consent and marine discharge consent.

Previous STOS updates

View all the updates previously published on the Shell Taranaki (formerly STOS) web pages.