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The operators of the Pohokura gas field in Taranaki say it is producing commercial quantities of gas for the first time.

Shell Exploration says the gas and condensate are now flowing from three completed onshore wells through a production station at Motunui near New Plymouth.

Spokesman Ajit Bansal says it is a significant milestone for the companies developing the field as a joint venture, and for their customers.

The companies are: Shell, Todd and OMV. OMV is an Austrian gas and oil company.

He says commissioning of the production station will continue over the coming weeks and the offshore platform installation is underway. Six offshore wells are expected to come on stream during the coming year.

Shell Exploration says natural gas from Pohokura will be fed into the North Island gas network and the condensate will be piped to storage tanks at Omata near New Plymouth before it is shipped to refineries. and its sister websites,,,,, and are all owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia article.

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