ChanceryGreen acted for Gasbridge, a joint venture project between Contact Energy and Genesis Energy. The project sought to preserve the option of importing liquefied natural gas in the future event of a shortage of domestic natural gas sources. ChanceryGreen advised Gasbridge on all environmental matters, including compliance, risk management and assessment, overseas investment act compliance, hazardous substance management, and resource consenting. The primary focus of the Gasbridge project has been to prepare resource consent applications for the development, construction and operation of a liquefied natural gas receiving and regasification facility at Port Taranaki New Plymouth. This has included reviewing and preparing comprehensive feasibility studies, risk analysis, compilation of expert reports and detailed discussions with regulatory authorities and Port Taranaki. Gasbridge has also consulted extensively with the New Plymouth community.
Since the inception of Gasbridge however, new gas supplies have been brought to the market, or are nearing production. The Gasbridge project may be revisited in the future if, and when, there is a need for additional supply of natural gas in New Zealand.