Welcome to our first Community Update for 2019 – and what a productive start to the year it has been.
Our Mangahewa G programme started as anticipated in early January and is making good progress. We have completed drilling the first well and operations on site are tracking to plan as we drill ahead on the second well. Once the drilling of this well is completed, stimulation will begin while we continue to drill ahead on the third well.
From this point onwards, we will be managing simultaneous operations (SIMOPS) at Mangahewa G wellsite. With SIMOPS on site, I once again acknowledge the increase in traffic that will occur on Otaraoa Road and associated access routes. As a company, we take this increase in traffic very seriously and I want to assure you that we have initiated a range of traffic management initiatives to reduce the community disruption from both light and heavy vehicles. These initiatives include everything from logistics coordination of heavy vehicles, and utilising and reducing loads, through to carpooling for staff and contractors working on site.
This month in South Taranaki, we are undertaking a full wellsite and Production Station shutdown. You may notice an increase in activity around the Kapuni sites as this occurs, and we have reminded all our staff and contractors to remain vigilant on the roads and drive safely as they undertake shutdown activities.
As the year progresses, we are fast approaching the start of WOMAD 2019 – the world’s festival that happens each year,right on our doorstep in New Plymouth. It’s a festival that continues to surprise and delight even the most regular attendees.
For Todd, it will be our 15th year as a sponsor and it’s a partnership we are very proud of. This year we have taken on a new role as the WOMAD Zero Waste partner, and I am looking forward to seeing the festival organisers, attendees and volunteers delivering great outcomes on recycling and composting 2019’s festival waste. Zero Waste is an initiative that connects with the WOMAD culture and we are proud to support such a strong and unique environmental outcome – both for WOMAD and for Taranaki.
To those who are attending WOMAD 2019, I hope you all have an enjoyable time and that you make the most of the music,dance and culture that WOMAD has to offer.