Pohokura, a gas field off the north-west Taranaki coast, had two appraisal wells drilled in 2000 by this jack-up rig. Results were encouraging. Initial production is expected to be 50 petajoules of gas and 3 million barrels of condensate per annum, commencing in late 2006. At 1 January 2005, estimated reserves included 700 billion cubic feet of gas and 43 million barrels of condensate, making Pohokura New Zealand’s third-largest gas discovery, after the Māui and Kāpuni fields.
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Photograph by John Crawford
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