The demand for, and exploration of, Petroleum (oil and gas) has never been greater. Economically important to New Zealand and to New Zealanders, oil and the products derived from it are a major export earner. Government revenue from related royalties and taxation fund important services such as our education and health systems.
Read the government's Petroleum Action Plan to discover how New Zealand will maximise the gains from the responsible development of these Crown-owned resources for the benefit of all New Zealanders.
What is Petroleum and how is it formed?
What are the phases of an exploration work programme?
How is Petroleum produced commercially?
Petroleum exploration activities. Seismic, gravity and magnetic surveys
Exploration and developing petroleum resources
Exploration and production activity in New Zealand