December 10, 2018

Gas infrastructure futures in a net zero New Zealand

First Gas and Powerco commissioned Vivid Economics to explore the potential scenarios for future use of the gas infrastructure, as New Zealand moves to a low-carbon economy.  The report was launched today, and explores three different scenarios – a diversified energy mix, a green gas (hydrogen and/or biogas) option and an all-electric future – and […]

November 30, 2018

Rockgas sale complete

First Gas announced today that its sister company, Gas Services New Zealand (GSNZ), has completed the purchase of LPG business, Rockgas, from Contact Energy Ltd (Contact) for $260 million. First Gas chief executive Paul Goodeve said the acquisition complemented the gas transmission and distribution company’s existing business, enabling it to meet customer demand for gas […]

September 26, 2018

Preparation for repair work on Taranaki section of gas pipe line – no loss of containment

A First Gas engineering team is to undertake repair work on its 400-Line (30-inch Maui pipeline) at a farm near Whitecliffs in Tongaporutu, Taranaki where land movement has been identified, the company said today. A five-yearly pipeline monitoring exercise in April using an internal inspection tool identified a potential issue with an anomaly in the […]

July 25, 2016

Winter gas safety campaign launches as cold snap hits

Gas is instant, reliable and efficient but it needs to be used safely. That’s the message of Energy Safety’s gas safety campaign which launches today. The education and awareness campaign will run for 16 weeks throughout winter and aims to help millions of New Zealanders use gas and LPG safely in the home. It focuses […]

July 11, 2016

Ben Gerritsen appointed GM Commercial & Regulation

Ben Gerritsen appointed as First Gas General Manager Commercial and Regulation New Zealand gas network owner First Gas Ltd has appointed Ben Gerritsen as its General Manager Commercial and Regulation. Since 2010, Mr. Gerritsen has been the Managing Director of Castalia Strategic Advisors advising major New Zealand corporate clients including significant utility companies on commercial […]

June 29, 2016

SH 1 reopens near Paekakariki

SH 1 reopened north of Wellington following gas leak.   State Highway 1 North of Wellington near Paekakariki has been reopened following a gas leak earlier today during maintenance work on a mainline valve station adjacent to the highway.   As a safety first precaution, the faulty valve was effectively isolated by the pipeline’s owner, […]

SH1 reduced to one lane due to gas leak

Media Release                                                              29 June 2016   SH 1 reduced to one lane north of Wellington due to gas leak.   SH 1 North of Wellington near Paekakariki has been reduced to one lane due to gas repairs on a mainline valve station adjacent to the highway.   The gas repair at the Paekakariki North Mainline […]

June 15, 2016

Acquisition of Maui Pipeline

The acquisition of the Maui Pipeline by First Gas Limited has been completed following all necessary regulatory and government approvals. In late 2015, First State Funds, the owners of First Gas Limited, agreed to acquire the Maui Pipeline from Shell , Todd and OMV (collectively known as the Maui Mining Companies) for NZ$335 million. The […]

May 4, 2016

First Gas appoints Chief Executive

First Gas Limited has appointed Paul Goodeve as its Chief Executive Officer effective from mid-June, 2016. Following his graduation with degrees in Law and Commerce from Victoria University, Mr Goodeve has gained extensive gas and electricity network experience following more than 12 years working for Powerco across a broad spectrum of senior management roles. Mr. […]

April 20, 2016

Completion of Vector Gas Ltd Purchase by First State Funds

Vector Gas Limited has been renamed First Gas Limited today, following the successful completion of the $952.5 million purchase of the business by First State Funds from Vector Limited. First State Funds comprises two infrastructure funds managed by First State Investments. First State Investments (known in Australia as Colonial First State Global Asset Management) is […]