Story: Oil and gas

Section of a well

Section of a well

This cross section shows the sediment and rock layers drilled in 1888 by the South Pacific Company at a well inland from Gisborne. Although traces of oil were found in this well, which was drilled to a depth of over 400 metres, the East Coast has never produced any commercial oil or gas.

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Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand
Reference: 'Section of South Pacific Company's well.' Transactions of the New Zealand Institute 21 (1888): plate 24

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Roger Gregg and Carl Walrond, 'Oil and gas - The need for oil and gas', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 April 2024)

Story by Roger Gregg and Carl Walrond, published 12 Jun 2006