Oil and gas in­dus­try event play­ers stack up

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - NEWS -

The New Zealand oil and gas in­dus­try has never looked brighter, with more play­ers in­volved in the ex­plo­ration and pro­duc­tion sec­tor than ever be­fore, with a num­ber of fron­tier basins be­ing ex­plored.

In the early 2000s New Zealand had only one pro­duc­ing off­shore field, the Maui oil and gas field, though the crude oil pe­tered out after pro­duc­ing a mod­est 35 mil­lion bar­rels and the Whakaaropai FPSO was de­com­mis­sioned in 2005.

There was only one pipe­line to share, the Maui to Oaonui pipe­line, and one on­shore pro­duc­tion sta­tion, which is still op­er­at­ing at Oaonui.

Now New Zealand boasts the off­shore Maui, Po­hokura and Kupe gas-con­den­sate fields and Tui and Maari-Manaia oil fields, with pipe­lines to shore for the Po­hokura and Kupe fields, and oil pro­cess­ing FPSO ves­sels for Tui and Maari-Manaia.

And while still “lumpy” with peaks and troughs, off­shore ex­plo­ration ac­tiv­ity has also in­creased in re­cent years, with an un­prece­dented num­ber of drilling units here last sum­mer – a deep­wa­ter drill­ship, a semi-sub­mersible, a jack-up and a mod­u­lar off­shore drilling unit (MODU) still aboard the Maui A plat­form.

This 500 per cent in­crease in the num­ber of off­shore pro­duc­ing fields has also meant a large in­crease in the num­ber of sup­ply ves­sels ser­vic­ing the fields and in the num­ber of off­shore and on­shore support ser­vices be­ing of­fered.

Global ser­vice com­pa­nies ei­ther bring in their spe­cial­ist ser­vices, equip­ment, ma­chin­ery or per­son­nel from over­seas as needed or other multi­na­tion­als, with New Zealand sub­sidiaries, source much of their prod­ucts and peo­ple lo­cally.

And there are an in­creas­ing num­ber of home grown com­pa­nies in the ma­jor cen­tres and par­tic­u­larly in Taranaki, the coun­try’s only en­ergy re­gion, util­is­ing their in­ti­mate knowl­edge of how the in­dus­try works and the some­times com­plex Taranaki ge­ol­ogy to pro­duce spe­cial­ist equip­ment and ma­chin­ery, some­times to the world.

There are global com­pa­nies, such as Con­tract Re­sources or Gold­ing Lan­drill of­fer­ing their spe­cial­ist elec­tri­cal, me­chan­i­cal, chem­i­cal and process con­trol or in­stru­men­ta­tion and pipe­line ser­vices. Oth­ers, such as S2V Con­sult­ing Pty, of­fer spe­cial­ist con­sul­tancy ser­vices, while still oth­ers, in­clud­ing Gard­line, of­fer var­i­ous marine ser­vices.

Do­mes­tic com­pa­nies, such as Cus­tom Con­trol and EHL Group, of­fer their spe­cialised in­dus­trial and me­chan­i­cal ser­vices process con­trol. Oth­ers of­fer scaf­fold­ing, paint­ing, blast­ing or in­su­la­tion ser­vices.

Th­ese groups, and more, will have dis­plays at the NZ Oil & Gas Ex­hi­bi­tion and Con­fer­ence 2014 – the premier trade event for New Zealand’s oil & gas in­dus­try, which pro­vides the ideal venue to source new prod­ucts and ser­vices and to meet and net­work with in­dus­try peers.

To be held from 22 to 23 Oc­to­ber in New Ply­mouth’s TSB Sta­dium, the NZ Oil & Gas Ex­hi­bi­tion and Con­fer­ence is based at the heart of the in­dus­try, al­low­ing the men and women who work to keep the in­dus­try go­ing to make new con­tacts and share new ideas.

The event is not to be missed for any­one who works in New Zealand’s oil and gas in­dus­try.

For more in­for­ma­tion go to www.nzoil­gas.co.nz

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