Learn more about OMV's application for marine discharge consent and view the application documents
Summary of the application
On 27 March 2018, OMV New Zealand Limited (OMV) lodged an application with us for a marine discharge consent. This consent is for the discharge of trace amounts of harmful substances, as offshore processing drainage, from the deck drains of one or more Mobile Offshore Drilling Units (MODU) as part of an exploration drilling programme. The discharges from the MODU may occur at up to 12 sites, located over six permit areas, offshore Taranaki. The duration of consent sought is to the end of 2025.
The discharge of harmful substances from offshore processing drainage is a classified as a discretionary activity under the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects - Discharge and Dumping) Regulations 2015. As the discharge from offshore processing drainage is from a structure (i.e. the MODU) that was not existing at the time the regulations came into force, a notified marine discharge consent is required from us.
A full description of the proposal and a map showing the location of the proposed activities is included in the Impact Assessment that accompanies the application.
EPA Completeness Assessment
On 20 April 2018, we determined that OMV's application documents comply with section 38 of the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Act 2012 (EEZ Act) and therefore are complete under section 40 for the reasons set out in the following decision memorandum.
Further information requests and responses
On 26 June 2018, the EPA on behalf of the DMC requested further information from OMV on whether a rig contract was likely to be confirmed prior to the commencement of the hearing in early September 2018. On 27 June 2018 OMV advised that a Mobile offshore drilling unit (MODU) could be selected by September, but it is not likely.
On 15 June 2018, the Environmental Protection Authority on behalf of the Decision-making Committee requested further information from OMV in relation to its application. On 20 June 2018, OMV responded to the request.