Oil

  • There are over 300 crude oil fields in Australia. However, 80 per cent of crude oil production comes from seven major fields.
  • Around 70 per cent of Australia’s oil production is from the Carnarvon basin off the coast of Western Australia.
  • Around 18 per cent of Australia’s refinery input is sourced from domestic crude oil production, the remainder is imported.

Refined oil products are important as a fuel for transportation including petrol, Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), diesel and aviation fuel and an input into plastic products and chemicals for household and industrial uses.

While Australia produces some crude oil and condensates, we are a net importer of refined oil products.

The majority of Australia’s produced crude oil and condensates are from the Carnarvon and Perth basins off the coast of Western Australia. Depending on geographic proximity and infrastructure, crude oil and condensates are either sent to domestic refineries or are exported to overseas oil refineries for processing.

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