TAG Oil Blog

Building strong minds and bodies

Posted by Denise della Santina on Nov 26, 2014 2:48:00 PM

While our TAG team in North America is being buffeted by winter rains and cold temps, our New Zealand community is enjoying oncoming summer. And with the good weather come some of our favorite community sponsorship events. 

Surf Life Saving: a sport and a community service

Surrounded by water as we are, surf safety and respect for the ocean are ingrained in every New Zealand child from a young age. TAG contributes to hundreds of junior surf lifeguards in training, helping them with the opportunity to become full-fledged Surf Life Guards through fun training and competition.

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Never too young for surf life saving
and fun on the beaches of Taranaki. 




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Some challenging surf encountered by
the older surf life saving participants.


Meanwhile, on terra firma…

The Stratford Golf Club, sponsored by TAG Oil, held a golf tournament for primary schools in the central Taranaki region. More than 50 students took to the fairways to play in the TAG Oil Juniors tournament. And during the four weeks leading up to the tournament and a professional coach came in one day a week to provide lessons. 

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TAG’s land liaison manager Rodney Hosking, back row, was present to hand out the prizes to this fine group of golfers.

Topics: community, Taranaki, New Zealand

Congratulations to the Amber and Blacks, ITM Cup Champions!

Posted by Denise della Santina on Oct 30, 2014 3:15:00 PM

In what was described as a composed performance in a hectic game last Saturday, team TenderLink Taranaki (commonly referred to as the Amber and Blacks) prevailed to become the ITM Cup Premiership champions!

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A Taranaki player seen through the
TAG Oil stadium flares.

"We're absolutely over the moon," said flanker Mitchell Crosswell. "To do it in front of a home crowd was just fantastic. It's amazing."

The ITM Cup is the highest level of professional, domestic New Zealand rugby union competition, and Taranaki is the first province outside “the big five” to win the title.

The NZ Herald said it best:

“In front of 21,000 fervent fans on a wonderful night for provincial rugby, Taranaki applied the fitting finale to their fairytale campaign. Taranaki's 36-32 victory over Tasman at Yarrow Stadium on Saturday was an appropriate way to cap the greatest season in the history of Taranaki rugby.”

TAG Oil is a proud sponsor of this great team, and we congratulate the players on a game well played, and the fans for a season that will go down in history! 

For more detailed play-by-play, go here: http://www.itmcup.co.nz/News/26243/taranaki-win-2014-itm-cup-premiership

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Topics: community, New Zealand

TAG Oil sponsors a festive Taranaki community event

Posted by Denise della Santina on Oct 23, 2014 2:15:00 PM

When most of us think of a mid-December festival, we envision frost, hot apple cider, mittens, and short days with long nights. In New Zealand, however, the annual New Plymouth Festival of Lights kicks off on December 14th to celebrate the southern hemisphere’s summer season.  

Summer Scene, sponsored by TAG Oil and Horizon Energy Services, is the daytime events' portion of the greater Festival, specially planned for children and families. It includes a scavenger hunt, a big beach dig, craft-making and a craft sale, magician shows, picnics, the return of the popular futsal court, where families and friends challenge one another to five-a-side football matches, and much more.

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Melissa Devine-Collins, New Plymouth District Council events manager, told The Taranaki Daily News, "Having these companies on board will make it easier for us to deliver an exciting programme of events for children and adults this summer."

The entire event was voted the “Best Established Community Event in New Zealand,” by the New Zealand Association of Event Professionals, and we’re proud to be taking part! To learn more and keep an eye on the schedule of activities, go to the Festival of Lights website.

Topics: community, Taranaki, New Zealand

NZCT AIMS GAMES International Sporting Championships

Posted by Denise della Santina on Sep 12, 2014 4:58:00 PM

The 11th NZCT AIMS Games – possibly New Zealand's biggest sporting event – launched this week in Tauranga.

TAG Oil sponsored the sports bags for the Oakura Primary Football team, who have joined 7,500 other athletes from around New Zealand to participate in the AIMs games.

This year’s athletes come from 228 schools participating in 17 sports, and more than 10,000 attendees are expected to descend upon Tauranga, on the east coast of the North Island.

The boys are playing well and are having a great week, and we wish good luck to all the athletes! 

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Topics: community, Taranaki, New Zealand

TAG Oil Proud to be an “Overall Energy Company of the Year” Finalist

Posted by Denise della Santina on Aug 19, 2014 11:41:00 AM

Following a rigorous judging process, TAG Oil was delighted to be a finalist in the prestigious Deloitte Energy Excellence Awards, as one of just four companies in the Overall Energy Company of the Year category. 

Chairman of the Judging Panel Richard Westlake said the caliber of entries was extremely high and the finalist selection process had been a tough one. The finalists were: 

  • Meridian Energy
  • TAG Oil
  • Shell New Zealand
  • Mighty River Power

Although TAG Oil was edged out by global “supermajor” Shell (Shell New Zealand), we got great feedback and support, and are pleased with what we’ve accomplished in New Zealand to date.  Said Judge Westlake, "The judging panel was impressed by the depth and quality of the entries and our task certainly hasn't been easy. Some of the entries this year were the best the panel has seen."

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Representing TAG Oil at the blacktie gala were, left to right: Ryan Brown, Carey Davis, Chris Ferguson, Shane Hamnett and Drew Cadenhead. 

Now in their fifth year, the Excellence Awards provide an opportunity to recognize excellence and achievement across the electricity, oil, gas and petroleum industries.

Whether it’s providing New Zealand homes and businesses with a reliable energy supply or exploring the country’s underdeveloped resources, this sector provides exciting opportunities for innovation and investment.               

The Deloitte Energy Excellence Awards have been formed to recognise and celebrate excellence across the many disciplines that comprise the sector. “                       

                                     --- Hon Simon Bridges, Minister of Energy and Resources


Topics: community, Announcements, TAG shareholders, New Zealand

Cheal South Permit Testing Update

Posted by Denise della Santina on Aug 11, 2014 9:30:00 AM

Here are a few pictures of our Cheal South permit (TAG Oil: 50% interest), during initial testing of the Cheal-G1 well that may prove to be economic.

As announced back in May, in a 50-50 joint venture with East West Petroleum, TAG drilled four shallow exploration wells and one exploration sidetrack well within the Cheal South and Southern Cross areas. While the other wells on this site were plugged and abandoned, the Cheal-G1 well is currently undergoing production testing as a new discovery. 


Site setup for G1 well testing - flare tank (center) lineheater (middle) test separator (right) power fluid (left).


G1 power fluid pump and temporary tanks.



G1 temporary wellhead hookup.


Flaring off excess G1 gas during testing, the only time it’s necessary anymore.



Self-contained well test separator complete with gas, water, and hydrocarbon measurement.

Topics: Taranaki, New Zealand, Cheal G site, Cheal Oil Field

Welcome aboard, Max

Posted by Denise della Santina on Aug 6, 2014 10:23:00 PM

As we bid goodbye to Randy Toone, who returns to North America, we’re happy to welcome, effective September 1, 2014, Max Murray to the TAG Oil team as our New Zealand Country Manager.

MaxMurrayMax is a 30-year oil and gas industry veteran with a deep understanding of the New Zealand oil and gas landscape. He’s an excellent person to help TAG continue its evolution from a junior explorer to the busiest integrated explorer and producer of oil and gas in New Zealand.

Over six years with Origin Energy, Max was most recently Manager of Production Upstream E&P and Senior In-Country Manager, accountable for the safe and efficient operation of all producing assets across Australia and New Zealand. Max previously held senior positions with Swift Energy New Zealand, Ras Laffan Liquefied Natural Gas Co. Ltd., and Methanex New Zealand.

Topics: Announcements, New Zealand

What oil and gas means to New Zealand

Posted by Denise della Santina on Jun 2, 2014 10:59:00 AM

TAG Oil’s second new video (2 minutes and 21 seconds) shows the contributions natural resources make in New Zealand. In two parts, the first section focuses on economics: the positive economic benefits of oil and gas in terms of GDP and employment, what TAG Oil contributes, and some of the potential still to be explored. From our perspective, this can be done safely and responsibly, taking great care to respect the land, leave a small footprint, and co-exist in harmony with our neighbors.

The second part of the video shows some of the unexpected places petroleum products show up in our daily lives. Fuel, paint and tires, we know, but solar panels? Canoes? Smartphone components? Toys? And yes, even beauty products. We take these things as much for granted in modern life as we do the fresh New Zealand air that we breathe and the clean water we drink.

Conservation helps every single one of us. But the next time you grab your surfboard and drive to the beach, recognize that we’re all also consumers. Here’s to a good balance!


TAG Oil in New Zealand from TAG Oil on Vimeo.

Topics: Announcements, New Zealand

Oil and gas drilling and production brought to life

Posted by Denise della Santina on Apr 13, 2014 6:34:00 AM

We realize that we post a lot of pictures of our oil and gas permit sites here on the blog, and write press releases about our drilling process, the status of different exploration sites, production numbers, and estimated potential. Further, we talk a fair bit about how we use the safest, most environmentally conscious techniques, many of which we’re the first to bring to New Zealand.

But talking about it isn’t the same as showing it. 

So talented New Zealand video firm buildmedia recently put together a few videos that bring TAG Oil’s work to life. This first one is particularly exciting, as it shows TAG’s process from scoping to siting to drilling to production, all within the context of the actual landscape…above ground and below!

Over the next few weeks, we’ll release the other two videos, which you’ll also find posted to our website. Hopefully, you’ll enjoy and learn simultaneously. As buildmedia’s tagline says, “seeing is believing.”

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Topics: exploration well, Taranaki, New Zealand, oil and gas production, drilling

Peanut butter & jelly, oil & gas, kids & dinosaurs

Posted by Denise della Santina on Feb 20, 2014 1:40:00 PM

Screen Shot 2014 02 19 at 3.16.47 PMSome combinations, like the ones in our title,  are tried and true classics. While others need a little extra encouragement.

So TAG Oil and its Kaheru joint venture partners Beach Energy and New Zealand Oil and Gas are harnessing kids’ love of dinosaurs – and their unlimited imaginations – to bring science to life outside of the classroom.

We’re in the business of fossil hunting, and we think there’s a great story to tell right under the feet of New Zealand’s kids that will ignite their interest in geology and the sciences in general.

So the JV is sponsoring “What Lives Down Under,” to teach and engage online and in a traveling roadshow. It’s fun for us to get in touch with our inner kid once in awhile, too.  

Topics: Taranaki, Announcements, New Zealand, oil and gas production