Welcome to our first community update for the 2021 year – and what a busy and productive start to the year it’s been. I trust this update finds you and your families safe and well.
Drilling at our Mangahewa G wellsite continues to make good progress. The team recently completed drilling the first of two wells, and have now moved Todd’s Big Ben drilling rig in order to commence drilling of the second. We remain on target to complete drilling by April, after which well stimulation activities will commence. Our last drilling campaign at Mangahewa G in 2019 saw us achieve a 94% reduction in flaring, and we are targeting the same levels of success with our activities this year.
South Taranaki has been a hive of activity in the first few months of this year as we undertake scheduled maintenance and prepare for the increased production due later this year. Construction of the new stabiliser column at our Kapuni Production Station (KPS) has commenced following the recently completed civil and foundation works, and our KPS and Kapuni Gas Treatment Plant (KGTP) maintenance teams recently completed a 24-hour shutdown successfully and without incident.
Our new KPS carpark, completed at the end of last year, has already proven invaluable in managing the additional traffic and parking demands along Palmer Road, and it will continue to be useful as we progress our scheduled maintenance plan at KGTP throughout the year. Residents along Lower Duthie Road will have noticed civil works commencing at our KA-9/16 wellsite.
These works are in preparation for the arrival of the Nova-1 drilling rig, which is scheduled to drill a dedicated produced water well in late April.
By the time this community update makes its way to you, I will be in the final days of my time as Chief Executive at Todd Energy, which means that this is the last community update I provide. I have thoroughly enjoyed the last seven years at Todd, and have genuinely appreciated the relationships I have been able to build with so many our neighbours, landowners and community members – thank you. I will be remaining here in Taranaki to enjoy my retirement, so I am sure I will see some of you around.
Todd Energy’s new Chief Executive, Mark Macfarlane, formally commences the role on Monday, 8 March, however he and I have been working closely together over the last couple of months to complete a thorough handover. Over the coming weeks you will have the chance to meet Mark at local community events, and I encourage you to introduce yourselves – he is very approachable, and keenly interested in community matters. Mark brings with him a wealth of international experience, and I believe Todd remains in safe and highly capable hands moving forward.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns about our activities, please contact the community team on 0800 001 007.