With one of the New Zealand oil and gas exploration
industry's busiest years ahead, with up to 13 test wells and
possibly four rigs in the country, its annual petroleum
conference begins in Wellington today.
The New Zealand Petroleum Summit, hosted by the Petroleum
Exploration and Production Association of New Zealand,
includes delegates and speakers from Shell New Zealand, OMV
New Zealand, Todd Energy, Tag Oil and New Zealand Oil and
Gas. Several will address mounting public concern over
environmental standards and monitoring.
One panel discussion is highlighting the spread of
exploration beyond Taranaki to areas where the public and
local authorities are unfamiliar with the sector, and how
that should be addressed.
Updates are expected from Minister of Energy and Resources
Simon Bridges, Kerry Prendergast, of the Environmental
Protection Authority, and Government permitting agency New
Zealand Petroleum and Minerals.
High on several agendas are environmental issues, including
the type of deep-water drilling proposed off Otago's coast by
Anadarko, in January, and possibly Shell within a year.
International key-note speakers, from Shell and Halliburton,
include issues of environmental and social impact management,
and risk mitigation in the growing deep-water drilling
operations around the world.
The two-day conference concludes tomorrow with a political
debate, including Mr Bridges, Labour's spokesman for energy,
Moana Mackey and the Green Party's co-leader, Russel Norman.