Marine seismic surveys

Read about previous seismic survey activities here.

 

 

Energy Holdings Offshore Limited (EHOL) Plus
New Caledonia Basin 2D Marine Seismic Survey

Energy Holdings Offshore Limited (EHOL) are carrying out a 2-D marine seismic survey in New Caledonia Basin (Petroleum Prospecting Permit 55377), approximately 200 kilometres offshore and to the west of the Northland coast. A full survey Marine Mammal Impact Assessment (MMIA) and Marine Mammal Management Plan (MMMP) are available on the Department of Conservation website. China Oilfield Services Limited have been contracted to provide vessel and seismic acquisition services. The survey commenced acquisition on 23 December 2015, and was expected to take four months to complete.

OMV NZ Limited Plus
Nikau 3D Marine Seismic Survey

OMV New Zealand Ltd is carrying out a three-dimensional marine seismic survey in the Taranaki Basin, approximately 25 km offshore, and within Petroleum Exploration Permits 57075 and 60092. The Marine Mammal Impact Assessment (MMIA) and Marine Mammal Mitigation Plan (MMMP) required for this survey work are both available by searching on the Department of Conservation website. OMV contracted PGS Australia Pty Ltd to carry out this survey workusing its equipment and the vessel PGS Apollo. The survey started on 3 December 2016, and was completed on 22 December 2016.

Petroleum Geo-Services Australia Pty (PGS) Plus

Taranaki South 3D Marine Seismic Survey

PGS has carried out a three-dimensional marine seismic survey in an area of the Exclusive Economic Zone just north of Farewell Spit, and within Petroleum Prospecting Permit 60102.

The Marine Mammal Impact Assessment (MMIA) and Marine Mammal Mitigation Plan (MMMP) required for this survey work are both available by searching on the Department of Conservation website. The seismic survey was completed using the vessel PGS Apollo. The survey started on 24 October 2016 and finished on 2 December 2016.

Taranaki West 3D Seismic Survey

PGS has carried out a three-dimensional marine seismic survey in an area of the Exclusive Economic Zone northwest of Farewell Spit, and with Petroleum Prospecting Permit 60102.

The Marine Mammal Impact Assessment (MMIA) and Marine Mammal Mitigation Plan (MMMP) required for this survey work are both available by searching on the Department of Conservation website. The seismic survey was completed using the vessel PGS Apollo. The survey started on 25 December 2016 and finished on 4 February 2017.

Schlumberger New Zealand Plus
​Pegasus Basin Seismic Survey

Schlumberger New Zealand is carried out a three-dimensional marine seismic survey in the East Coast and Pegasus Basins, which are to the east of lower North Island and within Petroleum Prospecting Permit 60264. The Marine Mammal Impact Assessment (MMIA) and Marine Mammal Mitigation Plan (MMMP) required for this survey work are both available by searching on the Department of Conservation Website. Schlumberger are using the vessel Amazon Warrior for the survey, which commenced on 19 November 2016, and was expected to take about six months.

Schlumberger New Zealand Limited

Schlumberger New Zealand Limited has completed a three-dimensional marine seismic survey in the Taranaki Basin. The survey is authorised by Petroleum Prospecting Permit 60409 issued by New Zealand Petroleum and Minerals. The Marine Mammal Impact Assessment and Marine Mammal Mitigation Plan required for this survey are both available on the Department of Conservation website. Schlumberger are using the vessel Amazon Warrior for the survey. The survey commenced on 29 November 2017, and was completed on 15 February, 2018.

Shell Todd Oil Services Limited Plus

Coring around Maui-A Prospect

We received a Pre-Activity Notification and Initial Environment Assessment from Shell Todd Oil Services Limited (STOS) under Regulation 11(a) of the EEZ (Environmental Effects–Permitted Activities) Regulations to conduct petroleum prospecting in the Taranaki Basin, around its existing Maui Production Field.

STOS planned to conducting a geophysical survey that will mostly consist of 2D seismic surveying (this is covered under the Department of Conservation Code of Conduct). As part of this survey it also planned to take a number of gravity core samples from the seafloor. STOS looked at taking approximately eight cores samples which will be used for geotechnical analysis.

Read the pre-activity notice (pdf 214KB)

Read the initial environmental assessment (pdf 398KB)

NB: STOS have advised that the gravity core samples were not taken. We do not expect a post-activity report for the 2D seismic surveying as there is no legal requirement to provide one.

Todd Exploration Management Services Limited

Todd Exploration Management Services Limited has completed a three-dimensional marine seismic survey in the Taranaki Basin. The survey is authorised by Petroleum Exploration Permit 60094, which is issued by New Zealand Petroleum and Minerals.  

The Marine Mammal Impact Assessment and Marine Mammal Mitigation Plan required for this survey are both available on the Department of Conservation website. Todd Exploration Management Services Limited are using the vessel Amazon Warrior for the survey.

The survey commenced on 15 February 2018 and was completed on 18 February 2018.