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NZOG considering offshore pipeline

New Zealand Oil & Gas is reportedly investigating a seabed-to-shore gas pipeline and a gas production plant off the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island.

According to the Otago Daily Times, New Zealand Oil & Gas (NZOG) is investigating the pipeline and plant as part of plans to develop the Clipper oil and gas prospect, 60 km off the coast of Oamaru.

NZOG holds a 50:50 stake in the prospect with Beach Energy and has been conducting discussions for a farm-in partner, who have signed confidentiality agreements.

“Those agreements are with more than a handful of operators who have the capability of working at those depths,” said an NZOG spokesperson.

NZOG has until April 2018 to make a decision to test drill the Clipper prospect by 2020, otherwise it will be forced to give up the permit.