• Media release
  • 15 Oct 2021
  • 2 min read

Inlet Compression Project returns Kupe to full production

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New Zealand’s gas supply has been boosted following completion of a $72 million project at the Kupe Gas Production Station near New Plymouth.

The inlet compression project, undertaken by Genesis and its Kupe Joint Venture partners, operator Beach Energy and NZ Oil & Gas, has restored production back to the plant’s full capacity of 77 TJs per day. This supply is equivalent to approximately 15% of New Zealand’s daily natural gas demand.

Genesis’ Group Manager Kupe Joint Venture, Craig Brown, said despite some Covid-19 supply chain delays, the project was delivered within budget and with no lost-time injuries from 170,000 person-hours on site – a testament to the strong safety focus of the team on the ground.

“In the current market, it’s good news that Kupe is back to delivering to its maximum daily quantity, in line with forecasts and the field’s development plan,” said Brown.

It was the biggest development project since the Kupe gas field commenced production in 2009.

“The compression project is like putting a vacuum cleaner at the production station onshore and sucking on the raw gas pipeline. It reduces back-pressure on the wells and enables the field to return to plateau production of 77TJ per day.”

The joint venture partners are now investigating the potential for drilling another development well at Kupe to further increase recovery from the field.

“Natural gas will continue to be an important fuel as New Zealand transitions to a low carbon future,” said Brown. “Genesis is pleased to support our joint venture partners in maintaining supply through the coming years.”

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