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Our petroleum business

Petroleum is naturally occurring liquid and gaseous hydrocarbons found in rock formations below the Earth’s surface. Oil and gas can be extracted and refined into different types of energy fuels and materials that are used in everyday products. Watch the video to find out what oil and gas means to us.

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Our Petroleum business comprises conventional oil and gas operations, and includes exploration, development and production activities.

BHP produces oil and gas predominantly in our heartland basins of the US Gulf of Mexico, Australia, Trinidad and Tobago. We are also working to find our future heartlands through an active appraisal and exploration program in Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago, Western Gulf of Mexico, and Eastern Canada.

We invest where it matters most; our capabilities in safety, market understanding, exploration, deep-water operations, and a culture of performance enables our success. 

We see petroleum as an important part of the energy mix, it makes up almost half of total energy supply worldwide.

On average, we produce approximately 300,000 barrels of oil equivalent (boe) per day from our operated and non-operated assets around the world. That’s enough petrol to fuel a medium sized car for 10,000 trips around the world.


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Our petroleum business has employees across our global locations. Our goal is to attract and develop the very best talent in the industry and to build a culture where our employees have challenging work and their successes are celebrated. Find out about our opportunities below.

Our opportunities

A great place to work

We offer exceptional career opportunities to talented and motivated people to join our global team. Across our teams, we grow and develop through diversity, creativity, collaboration, energy and encouragement.

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Inclusion and diversity

Inclusion and diversity are at our core. We are committed to fostering a culture where you can bring your whole self to work.

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Our process

Many of the details of the job application process can be found in our Questions section.

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Facts about petroleum

View our petroleum fact sheet to learn more about oil and gas production. Find out about the properties of petroleum, how it is found and produced, and its many uses.

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Exploration and development

We have broad development options and exploration licences in many of the world’s premier basins, which could create significant shareholder value over the long term. These options cover a range of risk, return and optionality metrics and are diversified by commodity and geography.


We produce crude oil and condensate, gas and natural gas liquids (NGLs). Sold across international markets or delivered domestically depending on location.


Functions operate along global reporting lines to support all areas of the organisation. Functions have specific accountabilities and expertise in areas such as finance, legal, governance, technology, human resources, corporate affairs, health, safety and community.

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