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Discovered in 1986, it is anticipated that the Kupe field will meet up to 15 per cent of New Zealand’s annual gas demand and over half of the LPG demand.

About 30 percent of equipment for the Kupe project was either manufactured or supplied by New Zealand companies. At its peak, up to 1,000 workers, mainly from Taranaki, were working on the Kupe onshore production station near Manaia in South Taranaki.

 The onshore production station, 12 km west of Hawera, processes the raw gas to meet the specification for the main North Island gas transmission system and separates out the light oil/condensate and liquid petroleum gas (LPG). The condensate is transported to Port Taranaki (New Plymouth) for export, while the LPG is sold into the domestic New Zealand market.

Kupe - companies involved

OGST Involvement

  • M&O Pacific supplied a comprehensive range of training services to the personnel working on the Kupe project. This ranged from BOSIET, well control, confined space, gas testing, permit to work, fire and first aid training.
  • Further underscoring the commitment to safety, Safety Solutions Ltd facilitated several reviews including the HAZOPs, Operating SOPs and Control/Alarm philosophies. In addition to this,  Safety Solutions worked alongside Origin to develop the site startup procedures and conducted Panel Operator Training for start-up and abnormal situations.
  • ARABAC managed and supplied operational aspects of the industrial rope services contract for Kupe.
  • ECL was extensively involved with the construction and commissioning of the project from design concept to commissioning and 1stGas. The company’s responsibilities included the programming and commissioning of Delta V DCS, Delta V SIS and Hima SIS ESD system, and since commissioning ECL has provided all maintenance and 24/7 support for all of the automation systems on site.
  • ITL Design of the approximately 200 tonne Mono-Ethylene Glycol (MEG) regeneration module for hydrocarbon dew point control.