First Gas Transmission Pipeline

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The First Gas Transmission Pipeline is an operating natural gas pipeline system.[1]


The pipeline system runs from the New Plymouth area to Whangarei in the northern part of the north island, to Taupo centrally, to Gisborne and Napier in the east, and to Wellington in the south.[2]

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Project Details

  • Operator: First Gas
  • Parent Company: First Gas
  • Current Capacity: 120 terajoules per day (111 million cubic feet per day)
  • Length: 1,370 miles / 2,204 kilometers
  • Status: Operating
  • Start Year: 1969


The Natural Gas Corporation (NGC) was established by the New Zealand government to buy, process and wholesale natural gas from the Kapuni gas field, which was discovered in 1959.[3] NGC built the first high pressure gas transmission lines in the late 1960s, initially supplying Kapuni gas to Auckland, Hamilton, New Plymouth, Wanganui, Palmerston North, and Wellington. The network was expanded through the 1970s and 1980s, supporting the major expansion of the oil and gas industry at that time.[4]

NGC was privatised in 1992.[3] The Australian Gas Light Company (AGL) sold NGC to Vector Limited in 2004 and 2005. The company was again sold in 2016 to First State Funds, being renamed First Gas during the acquisition.[5]

Articles and resources


  1. Transmission and Distribution, Gas Industry Company Limited, accessed March 2018
  2. Network Map, First Gas, accessed March 2018
  3. 3.0 3.1 History of Natural Gas in NZ. Gas Association of New Zealand.
  4. The Maui Gas Field. Oil and Gas. Te Ara - Encyclopedia of New Zealand (13 July 2012).
  5. Template:Cite press release

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Existing Pipelines in New Zealand

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