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New Zealand

OMV is a hydrocarbon producer providing natural gas to New Zealand as part of the energy transition.

The company began operating in New Zealand after acquiring a 30% share in the Maari oil field following the purchase of Cultus Petroleum of Australia in 1999. It has since expanded into a range of other assets through subsequent acquisitions. These include the Māui and Pohokura gas fields.

OMV New Zealand is a subsidiary of OMV Energy, which is part of the OMV Group, one of Austria’s largest listed industrial companies.

OMV is a highly experienced operator of mature onshore and offshore fields, focused on delivering safe and efficient production.

With offices in Wellington and New Plymouth, the company is a significant contributor to operating profit within OMV Energy’s portfolio.

OMV Assets in Taranaki, New Zealand


OMV has interests in three offshore production licenses or petroleum mining permits – all in the Taranaki region. Current production is 37,500 boe per day (OMV), comprised of 72% gas, 28% condensate and oil.


Maari is New Zealand’s largest oil field and lies 80 km off the south Taranaki coast. OMV has a 69% share in this field.


Māui is one of New Zealand’s largest gas fields. It meets about 20% of New Zealand’s gas needs and is 100% owned by OMV. Māui was discovered in 1969 with first gas to shore ten years later in May 1979. 
Production is processed through the Māui Production Station at Oaonui, Taranaki.


OMV has a 74% share in the Pohokura gas field in the Taranaki Basin. Pohokura began production in late 2006 and meets about 20% of New Zealand’s gas demand.
Production is processed through the Pohokura Production Station, which is remotely controlled from the New Plymouth office.

Facts / Milestones

  • Head office: Wellington / Operations base: New Plymouth
  • Around 280 employees
  • Operator of the Māui, Maari and Pohokura fields
  • Interests in three operated exploration permits
  • Daily average production in 2022 was more than 31,500 boe/day
  • 2021 contribution in tax and royalties to Crown exceeds 163 mln NZ dollars (EUR 98 mln)
  • 1999   Acquires 30% of Maari oil field
  • 2002   Acquires 10% of Māui gas field. Increases Maari share to 69% and becomes operator.
  • 2003   Acquires 26% of Pohokura gas field
  • 2007   Secures Great South Basin (GSB) exploration permits
  • 2008   Maari drilling program begins; Maari wellhead platform and FPSO Raroa arrive
  • 2009   Maari first oil. Drilling of Manaia ERD well
  • 2010   Maari reaches 10 million barrel milestone; acquires additional seismic in the GSB
  • 2011   Secures two additional Taranaki Basin permits
  • 2012   Completes GSB 3D seismic program. Additional permits in Taranaki and GSB
  • 2013   Drills Matuku-1 exploration well and Manaia-2 appraisal well; purchase of the FPSO Raroa by the Maari JV
  • 2014   Start of Maari Growth redevelopment drilling campaign; Awarded two operated exploration permits: Pegasus and Taranaki Basins
  • 2015   Awarded four exploration permits in Taranaki Basin
  • 2017   Maari Field produces 35 million barrels of oil
  • 2018   Acquires Shell’s assets in New Zealand, including interests in Pohokura and Māui and related infrastructure
  • 2020  Exploration Drilling of Tawhaki-1 in the Great South Basin; Gladstone-1 and Toutouwai-1 in the Taranaki Basin
  • 2021  Māui East near-field discovery at Māui
  • 2021-23 Additional wells drilled at Pohokura and Māui A & B


OMV currently holds interests in three operated exploration permits, all in the Taranaki region.

NZ Energy Supply

OMV NZ provides around 50% of NZ’s gas supply, with the NZ gas market being isolated with no imports and exports. OMV’s main NZ customer is methanol producer Methanex.
Condensate and oil are exported.

OMV Strategy 2030

The OMV Strategy 2030 focuses on:

  • Net-zero emissions by 2050
  • Growth projects in natural gas, as an energy transition fuel
  • Fossil production will be reduced gradually until 2030
  • Low carbon business will be built, with significant investments in geothermal energy and CCS. 

Reducing our Emissions

In line with our Strategy 2030, OMV NZ are focused on reducing existing emissions at our producing fields through electrification, solar etc.

In our communities

Actively engaging with local communities including Community Advisory Groups, neighbours, iwi, hapū and regulators is an important part of our business and maintaining our social license to operate.

Being socially responsible is a key part of OMV’s approach to sustainability and supporting the communities where we operate.

Projects include:

  • Large scale native tree planting in Taranaki and Wairarapa
  • Tree planting and wetland restoration on D’Urville Island
  • WISE Better Homes, insulation and energy solutions for low income Taranaki households
  • Roderique Hope Trust, emergency housing and supplies for Taranaki families in need
  • Rotokare Scenic Reserve Trust biodiversity program
  • Redistributing surplus food to those in need through On The House New Plymouth
  • Taranaki Air Ambulance Trust
  • Distributing science resource kits to Taranaki primary schools with House of Science.

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