Christmas a gas on the Maui platforms

Workers celebrate Christmas on the Maui A gas platform
Workers celebrate Christmas on the Maui A gas platform

They might have been stuck way out at sea, but the workers on the Maui A and B gas production platforms still enjoyed a traditional Christmas dinner.

In fact the 70-strong team ate very well, dining on crayfish, oysters, roast turkey with all the trimmings and Christmas pudding. The drink of the day was sparkling grapefruit juice.

Rob Jager, chairman of Shell NZ and general manager of Shell Todd Oil Services, flew to the platforms off the Taranaki coast to enjoy Christmas Day with the workers.

"While others spent this special time with their loved ones, our teams on Maui A and B - and of course the onshore Maui, Kapuni and Pohokura production stations - helped keep the country running by supplying a safe and continuous supply of natural gas," he said. "That's kept the lights on and the gas in the BBQs over the festive season."

Taranaki Daily News