Kupe gas project off New Zealand starts up

Origin Energy New Zealand Ltd. has begun commissioning the offshore Kupe field with initial production, moving natural gas and liquids ashore via pipeline to a gas processing plant at Hawera (see map, OGJ, July 16, 2001, p. 38).

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Dec. 4
-- Origin Energy New Zealand Ltd. has begun commissioning the offshore Kupe field with initial production, moving natural gas and liquids ashore via pipeline to a gas processing plant at Hawera (see map, OGJ, July 16, 2001, p. 38).

Full start-up is likely within 2 months, said Andrew Stock, Origin’s executive general manager of major development projects.

Kupe gas project participants are Origin (50%, operator), a wholly owned subsidiary of Origin Energy Ltd.; Genesis Energy (31%); New Zealand Oil & Gas Ltd. (15%); and Mitsui E&P Australia Pty. Ltd. (4%)

Paul Zealand, Origin executive general manager of upstream oil and gas, said once Kupe was in full operations, it would provide 10-15%/year of the country's gas demand for 15-20 years. Kupe will produce up to 90,000 tonnes/year of LPG, more than 50% of the country’s demand, he said.

Over the project life, Kupe is expected to provide 6.6 billion cu m of gas, 1.1 million tonnes of LPG, and 14.7 million bbl of light crude.

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