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The oil and gas industry in Australia
With the world’s insatiable need for energy, the role of the Petroleum Engineer is now more important than ever. The world's oil and gas resources provide some of the richest, densest and valuable energy sources available. Here you can find out about hydrocarbon fuel sources, the major players in the industry and how they are addressing the world demand, and even some of the associations that support Petroleum Engineers.
Hydrocarbons are substances primarily composed of carbon and hydrogen. Hydrocarbon energy resources primarily consist of the fossil fuels: coal, oil and natural gas. Petroleum Engineers are concerned with the exploration, discovery and production of oil and gas wherever they are found - onshore or offshore, in sandstone or limestone, coal or shale.
In addition to developing hydrocarbon energy sources, Petroleum Engineers are also developing technologies that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the production of energy such as Carbon Capture and Storage and Geothermal energy.
A list of major professional and industry associations for the oil and gas industry in Australia
Many of the world’s largest oil and gas exploration and production companies have representation in Australia.
Natural gas is a non-toxic, odourless gas, natural gas is mainly composed of methane, but can contain heavier hydrocarbon compounds and is becoming an increasingly important fuel.
Coal seam gas (or Coal Bed Methane) is natural gas that is trapped in coal seams by both layers of impermeable rock and pressure.
Shale gas, is one of the new, unconventional sources of gas. Unlike the USA, the shale gas industry in Australia is at an early stage.
Carbon capture and storage is a means of reducing carbon dioxide emissions to the atmosphere by using a suite of technologies.