Story: Oil and gas

Beam pump, 1957 (3rd of 3)

Beam pump, 1957

This well, known as Oil Well No. 4, was drilled in 1934. It was situated at the eastern end of Ngāmotu Beach on the New Plymouth foreshore. The pump pictured is known as a beam pump. These were introduced to Taranaki during the 1950s, and replacing bailing pumps, they helped to boost production. From a depth of 666 metres, crude oil was extracted and refined by Peak Products into petrol, kerosene, mineral turpentine, diesel and fuel oil.

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Roger Gregg and Carl Walrond, 'Oil and gas - Early petroleum exploration, 1865–1960', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 June 2024)

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