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Statement of Preliminary Issues released for OMV/Shell

3 July 2018

The Commerce Commission has published a statement of preliminary issues relating to the proposed acquisition of Royal Dutch Shell’s gas and liquids portfolio in New Zealand by OMV New Zealand Limited.

The statement outlines the main issues the Commission considers important in deciding whether or not to grant clearance to the proposed acquisition.

The Commission invites interested parties to provide comments. Submissions can be sent by email to with the reference OMV/Shell in the subject line. Any submissions should be received by close of business on Tuesday 24 July 2018.

The Commission is currently scheduled to make a decision on the application by 10 August 2018. However, this date may be extended as the investigation progresses.

The statement of preliminary issues and public version of the application can be found on the Clearances Register.


We will give clearance to a proposed merger only if we are satisfied that the merger is unlikely to have the effect of substantially lessening competition in a market.

A fact sheet explaining how the Commission assesses a merger application is available on the clearances page.