Port Taranaki chief executive Guy Roper says the announcement today that Methanex has secured gas supplies through to 2029 is positive news for Taranaki and reaffirms that gas is the key transition fuel towards a net zero carbon energy future.
“Methanex is Port Taranaki’s largest customer, and they have facilities on-site at the port, so we have a very close relationship with them,” Mr Roper said. “Their commitment to Taranaki is great news for our business and the region.”
Bulk liquids exports account for more than 2.5 million of Port Taranaki’s total five million plus trade tonnes each year, and methanol makes up a large part of that.
“So this announcement underpins, in the long term, our ability to service Methanex’s production of methanol, which is shipped weekly from the port,” he said.
Mr Roper said Port Taranaki would continue to work closely with Methanex and other Taranaki businesses to ensure the important role of gas in the future for the region and country.
“This announcement is very positive and reaffirms that gas is the key transition fuel in the Government’s push for New Zealand to be net carbon zero New Zealand by 2050.
“Onshore and offshore exploration should continue to safeguard energy supply. We need to get the transition right to ensure the security and affordability of energy for a productive New Zealand.”