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Welcome to the Board, Brad Holland

We’re pleased to have Brad Holland, a highly experienced oil and gas engineer, join the TAG Oil Board of Directors on March 1, 2015. He will replace Dr. Douglas Ellenor who has resigned for personal reasons. Mr. Holland holds a B.Sc. Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Alberta and has more than 35 years of…

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A note from founder and chairman Alex Guidi

Along with TAG directors Ken Vidalin and Doug Ellenor, I recently had the opportunity to spend time on the ground in New Zealand with our VP of Operations Shane Hamnett. During our working tours, Shane pointed out some low-expenditure, fine-tuning opportunities to increase production at TAG’s production facility. In this low oil-price environment, it’s especially important to…

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2014 New Zealand Petroleum & Minerals Block Offer Awards

Every year, the government of New Zealand allocates petroleum exploration permits in an annual tender called a Block Offer. This year’s was the most successful to date, with 15 permits granted, totaling 405,000 square kilometers. There was strong interest from existing operators and new players, paying off New Zealand Petroleum & Minerals’ efforts to raise…

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Cheal-E6 well perforated and production testing starts

Here are some shots of our capable contractors dropping the bar to perforate the Cheal-E-JV-6 well, as we initiated production testing. The Cheal-E6 step-out well was successfully drilled to 1,939 meters (6,360 feet), and it fulfilled its main objective: to intersect oil- and gas-bearing sands in the Mt. Messenger Formation. It’s interpreted to have intersected…

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Building strong minds and bodies

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…

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2014 TAG Oil Scholarship Winner

Matthew Kowalewski is the 2014 recipient of TAG Oil’s $5,000 scholarship, awarded annually to a promising senior from Stratford High School that is interested in an oil and gas-related field of study. In Matthew’s case, he plans to tackle a double major in geology and physics next year at Waikato University. In a competitive field…

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Drilling and optimization work has resumed in Taranaki

There hasn’t been much blog news from the field lately, sometimes geology and science can be quiet, solitary stuff. But we’re pleased to report that as of October 2014 TAG achieved record monthly production of 1,990 BOE (76% oil) per day.  And now with the Nova-1 drill rig back in Taranaki we’ve resumed the next…

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Farewell Ron, and welcome Dr. Ellenor

As announced via press release earlier this week, Board member Ronald Bertuzzi is retiring. In a statement Wednesday, Chairman Alex Guidi said, “I would like to personally extend my sincere appreciation to Ron for his many years of dedicated service to TAG Oil, starting back from the Company’s formative years. Ron has been an enthusiastic…

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Congratulations to the Amber and Blacks, ITM Cup Champions!

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! “We’re absolutely over the moon,” said flanker Mitchell Crosswell. “To do it in front of a home crowd was just fantastic. It’s…

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