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Pohokura Gas Authorisation – conference details

Media Release

Issued 30 June 2002-03/180

Pohokura Gas Authorisation – conference details

The Commerce Commission will hold a conference on Tuesday 1 – Thursday 3 July on its draft determination relating to the application by Preussag Energie (now OMV New Zealand Limited), Shell Exploration and Todd Petroleum Mining for authorisation to enter into arrangements to jointly market and sell gas produced from the Pohokura field.

The conference will be held on the ground floor at 44-52 The Terrace, Wellington. The conference will be chaired by Paula Rebstock.

The Commission released its draft determination in May with submissions on the draft closing on Monday 9 June. The conference is a process where parties can present their submissions orally, and the Commission can ask questions based on those submissions.

In its draft determination, the Commission’s preliminary view is that it would authorise the joint marketing and selling of gas produced from the Pohokura field subject to certain conditions.

A copy of the conference programme is attached.

Media are asked to confirm their attendance with Jackie Maitland, Communications Manager, jackie.maitland@comcom.govt.nz

The draft determination and submissions received are published on the Commission’s website, http://www.comcom.govt.nz/adjudication/pressu_gas.cfm.

Application for Authorisation by the Pohokura Joint Venture Partners to Jointly Market and Sell Gas from the Pohokura Field

Conference - 1-3 July 2003

Ground Floor, NGC Building, 44-52 The Terrace, Wellington


Commissioners: Ms Paula Rebstock (Acting Chair)
Mr Peter Taylor
Ms Denese Bates (QC)
Mr Shaan Stevens


Tuesday, 1 July 2003
10.00 am Start
10.15 am Chair – opening remarks
10.30 am Applicants - opening
Presenters:
- Mr David Salisbury, Commercial and Legal Director, OMV NZ Ltd
- Mr Murray Jackson, Commercial Executive, Shell Exploration NZ Ltd
- Mr Richard Tweedie, Managing Director, Todd Petroleum Mining Company Ltd
- Mr Rodney Deppe , Acquisition & Development Manager, Todd Petroleum Mining Company Ltd
- Mr Chris Hall, General Counsel, Todd Petroleum Mining Company Ltd
- Prof Lewis Evans, Senior Consultant, CRA
- Mr James Mellsop, Principal, CRA
- Mr Matthew Burgess, Consulting Associate, CRA
- Mr David Agostini
- Mr Jonathan Ballantyne, Director, Project and Structured Debt, Westpac Institutional Banking
- Dr Mark Berry, Barrister
- Mr Gary Hughes, Senior Solicitor, Chapman Tripp

12.30 pm Lunch break
2.00 pm Applicants - continued
4.30 pm Petroleum Exploration Association of New Zealand (PEANZ)
Presenters:
- Mr Don Morgan, Chairman
- Dr Mike Patrick, Executive Officer

5.00 pm End

Wednesday, 2 July 2003
9.00 am Shell
Presenters:
- Mr Neil Anderson, Chapman Tripp

9.30 am Contact Energy Limited
Presenters:
- Mr David Thomas, General Manager, Fuels Trading
- Mr Tony Dellow, Partner (Buddle Findlay)
- Ms Susie Williams, Solicitor (Buddle Findlay)

11.00 am Ballance Agri-Nutrients (Kapuni) Limited
Presenter:
- Mr Len Houwers, Site Manager

12.00 pm Lunch break
1.30 pm NGC
Presenters (2 or 3 of):
- Mr Steve Bielby, Director Corporate Services
- Dr Paul Hodgson, Manager of Regulatory Affairs
- Mr Andy Knight, General Manager Energy Sales
- Mr Jim Seymour, Manager Wholesale Gas
- Mr John Burt, Wholesale Gas Executive

3.30 pm Applicants’ reply
5.00 Chair’s closing
5.15 End
Thursday, 3 July 2003
9.00am Reserve time


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