Story: Energy supply and use

Natural gas consumption

Natural gas consumption

Natural gas consumption rocketed after the early 1970s, when reticulation was set up throughout the North Island. The new fuel was enthusiastically welcomed. In 2007 natural gas consumption was dominated by its use for electricity generation (59%), industrial purposes (20%) and production of methanol and ammonia/urea (20%). These uses were scaled back over the next couple of years, as the massive Maui field was drained of easily obtainable and relatively cheap gas.

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Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand

Source: Ministry of Economic Development; New Zealand official yearbook, 1990

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Megan Cook, 'Energy supply and use - Natural gas', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 May 2022)

Story by Megan Cook, published 11 Mar 2010