Exhibition: Oil and Gas Exploration in Croatia

Venue: Nikola Tesla Technical Museum, permanent exhibit Mining – Geology – Oil

Duration: March 8 – December 31, 2024

Authors of the exhibition: Nina Koceić (CROSCO, naftni servisi, d.o.o.), Davorka Petračić (TMNT)

This exhibition emphasizes the importance of exploration and production of hydrocarbons in Croatia regarding the global energy situation. It opens on the 60th anniversary of INA and the 70th anniversary of the Nikola Tesla Technical Museum.

INA was founded on December 31, 1963, by merging Naftaplin Zagreb with the oil refineries in Rijeka and Sisak. Today, INA is a medium-sized European oil company with a leading role in oil business in Croatia and a significant role in the region in the field of exploration and production of oil and gas, oil refining and distribution of oil and oil derivatives. INA and its employees have always played a major role in the economic development of Croatia and its industrial progress.

The Nikola Tesla Technical Museum is a unique museum of science and technology in Croatia. It was founded in 1954 and has been named after Nikola Tesla since 2015. The museum has a rich history and is one of the most visited museums in Croatia. One of the first exhibitions available to the public was the one related to the history of oil exploration in the permanent exhibition Mining – Geology – Oil.

60 years ago, the Nikola Tesla Technical Museum set up the first oil exhibition, and INA-Naftaplin was the main donor of the exhibit. Most of these exhibits are still on display, including the “Wuelfel” oil pump, TMNT 545, which is in the courtyard of the Museum.

At the beginning of 2022, CROSCO donated to the museum a model of the self-elevating oil platform Labin, 2.5 meters high and weighing 130 kg, which was the original reason for the realization of the exhibition.

In addition to CROSCO a large part of the material for the exhibition was ceded by INA, its Oil and Gas E&P Laboratory, and STSI – Integrated Technical Services d.o.o. which is a member of the INA Group.

The exhibition was supported by the City of Zagreb – City Office for Culture and Civil Society and the Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Croatia.

More info: Izložba (tmnt.hr)