New Zealand Oil & Gas has been awarded two new exploration permits from the New Zealand Government’s 2012 Blocks Offer. The new exploration permits for two block covering around 635 square kilometres.
The blocks awarded are 12TAR- 07 (PEP 54867), located onshore Taranaki and 12TAR-08 (PEP54857) situated offshore Taranaki.
Chief Executive Andrew Knight said: “The new blocks include an expansion of NZOG’s offshore Taranaki activity, and a return to onshore Taranaki in conjunction with an established operator there. Exploration is the core of NZOG’s business. As New Zealand’s largest publicly listed oil and gas company, and with one of the most diverse shareholder bases on the NZX, the growth of our exploration portfolio means we now have a large and diverse set of New Zealand exploration opportunities.”
In other recent developments, NZOG announced a farm-in to three offshore Taranaki permits, including the Matuku Prospect where operator OMV has confirmed it has secured a semisubmersible rig to drill in the third quarter of 2013. NZOG has also announced it farmed out its Kaheru prospect, and confirmed an intention to drill its Kakapo prospect, both in South Taranaki.
Block 12TAR7 (NZOG 40 per cent; NZEC 60 per cent, Operator) covers just over a hundred square kilometres in the central part of South Taranaki adjacent to the coast. There has been only limited exploration in this extensive tract and no wells have been drilled in it. The first 18 months of the permits’ duration will see the joint venture acquiring 70km of 2D seismic data.
Block 12TAR8 (NZOG 100 per cent, Operator) is off shore Taranaki’s south coast covering around 525 square kilometres north of NZOG’s Kakapo prospect in PEP 51311. No wells have been drilled in this permit. The block lies within the source kitchen for the Maui and Maari oil and gas fields. A 400km 2D seismic survey will be shot within a two-year period, with a well to be drilled within five years.
December 11, 2012