OMV New Zealand – Pohokura pipeline

World-first with Pohokura gas pipeline repair

While most of NZ’s population isolated at home during COVID-19 lockdown, 80 people created a unique isolation bubble on the Normand Baltic ship off the Taranaki coast. They were repairing the undersea pipeline supplying 20% of NZ’s gas.

It was a world-first – a gas pipeline had never been repaired this way underwater and certainly not with COVID-19 restrictions. A year in the planning, the project’s multiple innovations spanned engineering science, technology, process, human resources and stakeholder engagement.

Completed successfully and safely, a week ahead of schedule, OMV has created a bank of learnings for global initiatives of this nature.