Sunday, October 3, 2010
scenic sunday: Oil Storage tanks
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.