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New Zealand Project

The first GlobalFlow Process Equipment HSU and line heater bound for New Zealand Energy Corp landed in New Plymouth during the third week of May. The second package is currently making the long journey and the third package is under construction. The 36” Horizontal high pressure separator sits on a 2m/btu line heater. The tremendous paraffin content in their oil is the reason for the line heater. An extraordinary job was done by our design team in coming up with a unique layout and also everyone in the shop on the construction of the unit.

Although there is great potential for production in New Zealand, growth in the industry has been hindered by a combination of dominance by one major producer and continued reliance on old technology. However, this is rapidly changing, with companies such as New Zealand Energy Corp, Tag Oil, Greymouth Petroleum, Todd Energy, and Kea Potroleum ramping up.

New Zealand’s National Party government recognizes the economic opportunity as well as the advantages to decreasing reliance on energy imports. The tremendous opportunity in NZ for production is also a result of extensive energy infrastructure already in place, including oil and natural gas processing facilities, a domestic natural gas distribution system, an oil refinery, an oil export hub on the north island, oil terminals at ports on both islands, good highways and rural road system, and a favourable fiscal regime governing energy production.

Bruce McKenna, GlobalFlow Sales Manager, and Charles Kuntz, GlobalFlow Controls Regional Manager, travelled to New Zealand at the end of May to help manage the establishment of the first package. GlobalFlow is very excited about this project with New Zealand Energy Corp and will be exploring other opportunities in the region.