Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


Oil industry lobby head to be CEO of NZ Energy Corp

Oil industry lobby head to be CEO of NZ Energy Corp

By Pattrick Smellie

Feb. 20 (BusinessDesk) – The oil and gas industry has lost its chief lobbyist, David Robinson, who is leaving to become the local chief executive of Vancouver-based New Zealand Energy Corp.

Robinson is leaving the Petroleum Exploration and Production Association of New Zealand just 14 months after his appointment as part of a strategy that saw PEPANZ add staff and beef up its public advocacy role as opposition both to deep-sea drilling and onshore hydraulic fracturing (fracking) mounted.

The former Shell and Z Energy executive effectively replaces the company’s New Zealand country manager, Chris Bush, a former Origin Energy executive who left in December after completing the sale of oil and gas production and processing assets by Origin to NZEC.

However, Robinson’s role would involve more stakeholder engagement than Bush’s, which was focused on concluding what became a protracted transaction with Origin as NZEC struggled with capital-raising in a difficult global environment for small cap resource stocks.

The deal eventually saw serial resources investor Geoff Louthean’s L&M Energy become a 50/50 joint venture partner in the acquisition of the Tariki, Waihapa, and Ngaere onshore oil and gas fields, and the associated Waihapa production facility.

Primarily involved in onshore Taranaki oil and gas production and exploration, NZEC also holds onshore East Coast exploration licences in areas where fracking is likely to be required if oil or gas extraction is to succeed.

A final report on fracking is overdue from the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, and is now expected around Easter. Her interim report, in 2012, provisionally declared the practice safe, subject to regulation and location.

Robinson was credited with giving the often controversial industry a friendlier public face, and he worked behind the scenes on legislation and regulation.

“David has done a great job. His professionalism, capable, caring and honest leadership have put PEPANZ in a strong position to move forward as an association,” said its chairman, Paul Moore, the chief executive of Todd Energy.


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Oceans: NOAA Declares Third Ever Global Coral Bleaching Event

As record ocean temperatures cause widespread coral bleaching across Hawaii, NOAA scientists confirm the same stressful conditions are expanding to the Caribbean and may last into the new year, prompting the declaration of the third global coral bleaching event ever on record. More>>

Scoop Business: A Decade Of Government Pre-Seed Investment

More publicly-funded science is being commercialised after a decade of government ‘pre-see’d investment, according to an independent review. More>>


Solid Energy: Plan To Shut Unprofitable Huntly East Mine

Solid Energy, the state-owned coal miner in voluntary administration, plans to shut down its unprofitable Huntly East mine and lay off 65 staff after deciding the site stands "no chance whatsoever" of finding a buyer. More>>


E Tū: Merger Creates NZ's Biggest Private Sector Union

E tū has been created by the merger of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union and Service and Food Workers’ Union. It represents more than 50,000 working New Zealanders in industries as diverse as aviation, construction, journalism, food manufacturing, mining and cleaning. More>>


Internet: NZ Govt Lifts Target Speeds For Rural Broadband

The government has lifted its expectations on faster broadband speeds for rural New Zealand as it targets increased spending on research and development in the country's information and communications technology sector, which it sees as a key driver for export growth. More>>


Banks: Westpac Keeps Core Government Transactions Contract

The local arm of Westpac Banking Corp has kept its contract with the New Zealand government to provide core transactions, but will have to share peripheral services with its rivals. More>>


Science Investment Plan: Universities Welcome Statement

Universities New Zealand has welcomed the National Statement of Science Investment released by the Government today... this is a critical document as it sets out the Government’s ten-year strategic direction that will guide future investment in New Zealand’s science system. More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news