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Oil & Natural Gas

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Our everyday lives are now inconceivable without oil and natural gas, even though these raw materials are controversial. The new topic area within the Energy permanent exhibition is given over to the exciting world of oil and natural gas. 

As raw materials, oil and natural gas play a significant role in virtually every area of our high-tech society. Traffic and transportation are essentially based on these fossil fuels as, indeed, are heating and electricity generation. Our lives today would be inconceivable without them since these are the source materials for plastics, fertilizers and pharmaceuticals. By the same token oil especially is seen as one of the world’s most controversial raw materials, particularly from an ecological, economic and political viewpoint. And even if the development of alternative energy forms is already well underway, we are still very much in the age of petroleum – caught between collective dependency and individual responsibility.

Local and global

The Oil & Natural Gas exhibition area is part of the permanent exhibition entitled Energy. On some 250 m¬2 of exhibition space it showcases, from Austria’s point of view, the interplay between oil, natural gas, human beings, the environment, and technology, with six locations highlighted by way of illustration. Four domestic locations make it clear that Austria is not merely a disinterested spectator in this global game. Zistersdorf references Austria’s heyday as an oil nation in the more recent past. Schwechat explains how different products such as fuels and plastics are derived from crude oil. The Kaiserstrasse location features objects from our everyday lives and households that are based on oil and natural gas. Götzis shows how service stations have evolved as an institution, with all the supply services they provide. Trieste, the port through which crude oil from all over the world passes through on its way to Austria, and Gullfaks, an oil rig in the North Sea, represent two international locations with links to Austria that underline these global interdependencies.

An informative hands-on experience

The exhibition is designed to make the exciting world of oil and natural gas accessible and palpable. A false floor provides an insight into the subsoil beneath our feet. Viewing windows remind us that most of the extraction, transportation and processing of oil and natural gas takes place underground. Soaring upwards are sections of original pipeline. These are not just signature design elements of the new exhibition area, but also objects to ‘get to grips with’. The exhibition’s interactive stations are an invitation to actually handle different types of crude oil and get a sensory approach to the topic. A walk-in container tank allows visitors to hear what crude oil ‘sounds like’.

The Oil & Natural Gas exhibition space has been redesigned in co-operation with OMV Aktiengesellschaft.

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