Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in New Zealand
Hydraulic fracturing, ‘fracking’ or 'fraccing' is an engineering process used in a small number of land-based wells to create micro-fissures in rock deep underground to help natural gas or oil to flow freely.
As hydraulic fracturing can help extract natural gas more efficiently from existing wells, it means fewer new wells need to be drilled, reducing the environmental impact.
Hydraulic fracturing can help grow New Zealand’s $3 billion a year oil and gas industry to $12 billion a year. This means more jobs, taxes, investment, and innovation and a secure energy supply for New Zealanders.
The information on this website is provided by the Petroleum Exploration and Production Association of New Zealand, or PEPANZ.
PEPANZ publicises, promotes and advances the interests of the oil and gas exploration industry in New Zealand. It represents companies that hold petroleum exploration and mining permits, along with service companies and people working in the industry.