Sharechat Logo

Tamarind cleared to undertake Tui development programme

Tuesday 26th February 2019

Text too small?

Tamarind Resources has been cleared to undertake a round of development drilling at the Tui oil field off the Taranaki coast.

A three-member board of inquiry has approved the company’s plan to drill up to five side-track wells from up to four of the existing wells in the field 50 kilometres offshore.

The board found that the activities would have no more than a minor adverse effect on the environment, except for relatively short and transient events.

“The event agreed to constitute the greatest hazard is that associated with loss of well control. However, we find that to be of such a low probability, and with sufficient risk management procedures in place, as to constitute a negligible risk in terms of both the activity under consideration and the time to complete that activity,” the board said in a summary of its 179-page decision.

“No known rare or endangered species will be affected.”

Kuala Lumpur-headquartered Tamarind last year booked the near-new Hai Yang Shi You 982, a modern semi-submersible rig, for the project it hoped to get underway this year.

It is 104 metres long, has accommodation for 180 people and can operate in 1,500 metres of water. It is also a zero-discharge rig, meaning no storm water run-off or deck drainage goes into the sea without first passing through the rig’s treatment systems.

The board, comprising chair David Hill, Glenice Paine and Dan McClary, heard the application in November in a two-and-a-half day hearing managed by the Environmental Protection Authority.  

Tui lies in about 125 metres of water and was the country’s biggest liquids producer when it was commissioned in mid-2007. It delivered almost 13.5 million barrels of oil in 2008, but that was down to 843,000 barrels in 2017, the latest annual government data available.

Tamarind, experts in late-life assets, bought out the former venture partners - AWE, New Zealand Oil & Gas and Pan Pacific Petroleum – in 2017. Low oil prices at the time meant the field could have faced decommissioning from the end of 2019.

Tamarind believed that with the right interventions production could be extended until 2022-2023.

(BusinessDesk)

  General Finance Advertising    

Comments from our readers

No comments yet

Add your comment:
Your name:
Your email:
Not displayed to the public
Comment:
Comments to Sharechat go through an approval process. Comments which are defamatory, abusive or in some way deemed inappropriate will not be approved. It is allowable to use some form of non-de-plume for your name, however we recommend real email addresses are used. Comments from free email addresses such as Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, etc may not be approved.

Related News:

NZD headed for 0.6% weekly gain against greenback
PREVIEW: RBNZ tipped to keep cash rate at 1.75%, reiterate next move could be up or down
Sky TV hires Deloitte partner as fill-in CFO
Vector fined $3.6 mln in industry first
SIS Group to partner with Platform 4 Group
Dry weather cutting dairy production, boosting power costs
22nd March 2019 Morning Report
NZ dollar dips back below 69 US cents, focus shifting to RBNZ
Top Energy's geothermal expansion to cut lines charges
MARKET CLOSE: NZ shares rise on Fed restraint, local GDP growth; Auckland Airport slides

IRG See IRG research reports