History of Oil and Gas in Western Australia

Since oil and natural gas were first discovered in Western Australia, extensive exploration, development and production has led to the State’s success within the global petroleum industry.

In 2020, Western Australia’s petroleum sector was valued at $37.4 billion. As Australia’s premier oil and gas producer today, Western Australia’s participation in the industry enables economic and community development within the region, local and global job opportunities for Australian’s and a robust position in the global market.

Behind the local industry’s success is an extensive history. We’ve outlined some of the key milestones for oil and natural gas development in Western Australia.

Early 1900s

Initial exploration drilling for oil in Western Australia at Warren River in the southwest of the State. Drilling yielded little success.

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