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Shell's $1-billion New Zealand sale said to draw OMV, Vermilion

Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s sale of its remaining New Zealand energy assets has drawn interest from companies including OMV AG and Vermilion Energy Inc., people with knowledge of the matter said.

AWE divests interest in New Zealand's Tui fields

AWE Limited has entered into an agreement to sell the company’s 57.5% interest in the Tui area oil fields to Tamarind Management Sdn Bhd, subject to customary consents from the New Zealand Government and Tui Joint Venture.

OMV shuts in Maari field after crack found in platform strut

OMV New Zealand, the operator of Maari oil field, has ceased oil production and is de-manning the Maari wellhead platform (WHP) as a precautionary measure while it deals with a crack found in one of the platform’s horizontal struts.

Statoil ends its search for oil and gas in New Zealand's Reinga basin

Statoil has informed the New Zealand Government of its decision to stop looking for oil and gas in the Reinga basin.

Energy issues

William J. Pike, World Oil

Unbridled hypocrisy

Statoil buys into OMV exploration license in New Zealand

Statoil has agreed to acquire a 30% working interest in New Zealand’s Petroleum Exploration Permit (PEP) 57073 from OMV.

New Zealand awards nine permits in Taranaki basin

New Zealand’s Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges has announced the award of nine new oil and gas exploration permits for Block Offer 2015.

TAG Oil announces resignation of COO

TAG Oil, a Canadian-based corporation with operations in New Zealand, announced Thursday that its COO, Frank Jacobs, has resigned to pursue other opportunities.

Cue Energy brings Maari MR7A development well online

Cue Energy has initiated production from the Maari MR7A development well, with a provisional initial production rate between 1,500 to 2,000 bopd.

AWE brings New Zealand's Pateke-4H well onstream

AWE Limited, as operator of PMP 38158, has completed the subsea tie-back and installation project to connect the Pateke-4H development well to the Tui area oil fields gathering system. Oil production has now commenced.

New Zealand offers 430,000 sq km in Block Offer 2015

New Zealand's Energy and Resources Minister, Simon Bridges, has launched Block Offer 2015, the country's annual tender for oil and gas exploration permits.

Cue Energy brings New Zealands' Maari MR6A development well online

Cue Energy has initiated production from the Maari MR6A development well, with an initial production rate of approximately 7,800 bopd.

Regional report: Australia/Southeast Asia

Ron Bitto, Contributing Editor

LNG takes center stage in Australia and Southeast Asia

Drilling advances

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

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