Ruru exploration well to be drilled offshore South Taranaki
Thursday, January 06, 2011
Shell Todd Oil Services Limited (STOS) is drilling an exploration well called Ruru, south of and adjacent to the Maui field. Drilling will start in approximately February 2011 (weather dependant) using the Noble Discoverer drill ship.
Ruru is approximately 40 kilometres off the South Taranaki coast and straddles both the Maui Production License and the adjacent Petroleum Exploration Permit (Ruru, PEP 381203).
A wide range of stakeholders have and are being consulted. The local hapu, Ngati Tara suggested the name “Ruru” which is the Maori word for morepork and means “protector”.
A comprehensive safety and environmental plan is in place. STOS has been safely operating the offshore Maui field for more than 30 years without a significant discharge incident and in September last year, won the Excellence in Safety Award at the NZ Energy Awards.
The demand for energy is growing, and oil and natural gas, alongside alternative energy sources, will be part of that energy future for years to come. In 2009the oil and gas sector contributed $2.5 billion to GDP. (Source Venture Taranaki).
(Media release from Shell Todd Oil Services,167 Devon Street West, Private Bag 2035, New Plymouth 4620, New Zealand.)