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Australia refinery

Posted: Sun Apr 17, 2011 11:55 am
by fmmarc
I'm new to this forum so please bare with me, I remember in the 1970's at the height of the oil crisis Australia or New Zealand had a refinery(for lack of the proper term) that turned ocean water into fuel for autos. I believe, but could be wrong, that it extracted oil from the ocean water. When the oil crisis was over it was not cost effective any more. Does anybody remember this and if so does anybody have any info on the refinery, or a link that can explain where and how the refinery worked.
Thanks for your help

Re: Australia refinery

Posted: Sun Apr 17, 2011 4:43 pm
by Steptoe
Not in NZ
In the 70s we had Muldoon as PM...and his "think big" policy that near bankrupted the country.
Built a Refinary at Marson point that is still operatinal that refines light crude.
A project to grow turnips and ferment alcohol in the Taranaki.
A couple hydro projects, benmore and matapuriri that set the greenies off big time
Thermal project just north of Taupo
And we where getting CNG and LPG out of the off shore drilling off the taranaki coast...which I belive now is pretty well exhausted.
As far as Aussie goies, ?I dont know all the details over there, but there was huge off shore exploration in the Austarian bite I think it was, and still producing I believe.

But oil products from seawater....someone is pulling you chain m8... we are pretty clever down under...we split the atom and stuff...but oil from water...not that clever lol