Issue 45 – December 2012
Consultation with iwi and councils with an interest in areas being proposed for the 2013 petroleum exploration permitting round is now underway.
'We are contacting iwi and councils with an interest in the areas that may be tendered next year,' says David Binnie, General Manager of New Zealand Petroleum and Minerals, a branch of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). 'Feedback received will inform final decisions about the make-up of the Block Offer 2013 competitive tender planned to commence by the end of April 2013.'
The areas being considered for Block Offer 2013 include five defined onshore blocks, and three offshore exploration areas, over which companies can apply for a permit area up to a prescribed limit.
→ Read the full media release (http://www.med.govt.nz/sectors-industries/natural-resources/news/consultation-on-areas-for-2013-petroleum-block-offer-under-way)
Summarised from an MBIE media release, 8 November 2012.