DecisionConsent declined
Section 12(a) Overseas Investment Act 2005
Decision Date14 December 2017
InvestmentAn overseas investment in sensitive land, being the Applicant's acquisition of a freehold interest in 18.9602 hectares of land at Sullivan Mine, Denniston Plateau, West Coast.
ConsiderationWithheld under s(9)(2)(b)(ii) of the Official Information Act
ApplicantBathurst Coal Limited
Singapore Public (30.69%)
New Zealand Public (22.11%)
Republic Investment Management Pte Limited, Singapore (19.9%)
Australian Public (19.0%)
Asian Dragon Acquisitions Limited, Singapore (7.3%)
Various overseas persons (1.0%)
VendorSolid Energy New Zealand Limited
New Zealand Government, New Zealand (100%)
Background

Sullivan mine has not been operational for 20 years.

Bathurst applied to acquire the land and associated coal mining licenses to support Bathurst’s adjacent operations and the future viability of the Buller coal project.

The Sullivan mine has been closed since 1995 and Bathurst had no firm plans to re-open it and said it would consider doing so when the price of metallurgical coal rose to a more favourable level.

For consent to be granted, Minister’s needed to be satisfied that the acquisition of Sullivan mine would result in substantial and identifiable benefits to New Zealand.

Given that the Sullivan mine is closed and the uncertainty around the mine re-opening, Ministers were not satisfied that the benefits to New Zealand of the investment were likely to be substantial.

More informationSam Nelson
Lane Neave
P O Box 701
Queenstown
Decision documentsMinisters reasons for decline
Ministerial decision