MBIE marine consent application for the Tui field
The marine consent application for activities associated with decommissioning the Tui field is now open for public submission.
Public submissions open
Hearing (if required)
Latest update – 18 October 2021
Further information from the applicant
On 15 October, MBIE provided further information to the Board in response to the EPA's Key Issues Report.
Key Issues Report and other advice - 1 October 2021
On 1 October 2021, we produced a Key Issues Report for the Board of Inquiry, as required by Schedule 4, Clause 1(2) of the EEZ Act. The report is intended to provide support to the Board by identifying possible key issues relating to the application and the activities. The report has been informed by advice from external experts and government agencies on MBIE's applications.
Public notice of MBIE marine consent application – 14 September 2021
On 21 July 2021, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) lodged an application for marine consent to carry out activities associated with decommissioning the Tui oil field, located around 50 km off the western coast of Taranaki.
The Minister for the Environment has appointed a board of inquiry to consider and decide the marine consent application.
MBIE seeks marine consent for the following:
- retrieving production flowlines, umbilicals, and gas-lift coil tubing from the seabed
- retrieving mid-water arches and gravity bases
- retrieving miscellaneous subsea equipment (gas-lift jumpers, hydraulic flying leads, electric flying leads, gas lift manifold, hold back anchors)
- installing a mobile offshore drilling unit, and its removal after the work has been carried out
- plugging and abandonment of wells
- post-decommissioning environmental monitoring
- contingent activities, including planned and unplanned disconnection of the blow out preventer, additional cement plugs, external cutting of wellheads, use of explosives, and disposal of faulty cement.
If the marine consent is granted, MBIE anticipates that the works will take place over two years during the summer months (December to April) to minimise delays caused by weather. Consent is sought until December 2030 to allow environmental monitoring after the work has taken place and any delays to the programme.