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Sunday, October 3, 2010

scenic sunday: Oil Storage tanks



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Last Saturday we made a detour to a part of Sowntown Auckland we hardly venture to. When I was in primary school, I went with my dad to the Sibu Storage tanks of ESSO. The Sibu tanks were nothing compared to the Auckland ones. These are gigantic.

The Western Reclamation (also known as Wynyard Quarter, Wynyard Point, Wynyard Wharf or Tank Farm, though the latter three strictly speaking designate only parts of the whole), is a reclaimed piece of land on the Waitemata Harbour at the western edge of the Auckland waterfront in Auckland City, New Zealand.

It is located to the north of Freemans Bay and to the west of the Viaduct Basin. Much of the area is as of 2009 still covered by petrol and liquid chemical storage facilities of Ports of Auckland and various other companies, giving the area its 'Tank Farm' moniker

Currently, the area is still used by the bulk liquid industry, with 500,000 tonnes of liquids and cement being transported via Wynyard Wharf per year. This provides NZ$ 1.2 billion of yearly turnover, and 4000 jobs in the Auckland economy.

18 comments:

Louis la Vache said...

Very interesting, Ann. «Louis» et Mme. la Vache live near the Chevron refinery in Richmond, California and can see part of the refinery's tank farm from their balcony.

Louis la Vache said...

Does «Louis» get cheaper gas?

Only if he does what cows are infamous for: produce his own, which wouldn't be gasoline but methane...

Coffeeveggie addict. said...

very nice p0st,very inf0rmative.b0ut y0ur querry 0n the tw0 c0lour st0ne,i think that is just a design...i didn't see anything in the place to explain th0se r0cks or st0ne but they did put the reas0n why they made the park as a wh0le-f0r the visit0rs of 2009 w0rld games stadium to have s0mething to enj0y and f0r the locals to visit 0n their h0lidays. cijin bike-way bridge

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

These refineries and storage tanks always remind me that there is so much going on underground while we are sleeping, driving, working, etc.

As you show, they can be photogenic.

rainfield61 said...

I never want to stay near to this area though it maybe very safe.

George said...

This is a very unique and creative Scenic Sunday post. It's also very informative. Thank you.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Looks like a great thing for your economy, Ann... That's alot of jobs! Thanks for sharing this... Interesting post for Scenic Sunday.

Hugs,
Betsy

Mo said...

Very interesting. I recall visiting the refinery in Whangerai a few years ago

Autumn Belle @ KDP said...

These structures look very imposing.

Ginny said...

Good shots of these huge tanks! Gosh, I see another post below, has my sidebar been missing them? I'm popping down to check your earlier one out.

Ginny said...

Good shots of these huge tanks! Gosh, I see another post below, has my sidebar been missing them? I'm popping down to check your earlier one out.

Ginny said...

I just read your bungee jump post, wow that is still scary! I don't need these rides, because being old is a scary ride all by itself! I am quite able to get dizzy without paying for a ride to do it for me. I love taking pictures of glass buildings, too! You got some good building reflections in this one. You are very talented in flower arrangements, especially at the last minute!! I cannot do it at all.

Dave said...

they are huge, nice find.

Ann,

the red bus trail was done with a 2 sec shutter speed.

thomas said...

4000 jobs is a lot of contribution from these tanks.

Ah Ngao said...

i have got very near to these oil tank at Bintulu but i got a bit of phobia - scared those things might go off ...ah-ha !

oil tank said...

This is a great blog, usually i don't post comments on blogs but I would like to say that this post really forced me to do so!
Oil Storage Tanks

Richelle Loughney said...

It’s really amazing sight to see so many huge storage tanks! Well, I hope the administrator of the ‘Tank Farm’ does check and maintain these regularly. Leaks from petrol and liquid chemical storage tanks can be harmful not only to the people who work in the facility, but also to the surroundings. Anyway, have you gone to the site again?


@Richelle Loughney

gareth batty said...

Wow! Those storage tanks are definitely huge! It's astonishing to see structures as large as these, and think about it, these are not water storage tanks, but large liquefied natural gas tanks. It might be dangerous to people living near these structures. Well, the structure on the first two pictures needs to be replaced as potential leaks may occur because of those rusting areas.

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