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Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) consultations Plus

Decommissioning of Tui oil field

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Enterprise (MBIE) plans to apply for consents to undertake activities associated with the decommissioning of the Tui oil field, located in offshore Taranaki.

The Crown was vested the infrastructure in the Tui oil field, which consists of eight wells and associated infrastructure on the seafloor, when the previous owner Tamarind Taranaki Limited went in to liquidation.

The first phase of decommissioning – the disconnection and sail away of the Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) facility – was completed on 5 May 2021. There are two more phases of decommissioning, which will require notified marine consent and non-notified marine discharge consent.

We are currently in pre-lodgement conversations with MBIE. It is anticipated that the applications will be received by early June, with notification occurring sometime in late June or July. The public will be able to make submissions on activities and application associated with the notified marine consent only.

The applications will be considered by a Board of Inquiry appointed by the Minister for the Environment.

Further information: Tui Project: decommissioning the Tui oil field - New Zealand Petroleum and Minerals

Hazardous substances consultations Plus

Amending the EPA Hazardous Substances (Storage and Disposal of Persistent Organic Pollutants) Notice 2004

We are proposing to amend the Hazardous Substances (Storage and Disposal of Persistent Organic Pollutants) Notice 2004.

This Gazette Notice prohibits the storage or disposal of any persistent organic pollutant (POP) in New Zealand, unless it is stored or disposed of in accordance with the requirements included in the notice.

The proposed amendments include:

  • updating the requirements relating to the disposal of POPs
  • updating the notice to take account of the legislative reform which occurred in December 2017
  • adding new provisions for manufactured articles that contain POPs.