Victoria Bass Strait

Bass Strait

Our Bass Strait petroleum operation has produced oil and gas for more than 50 years.

Bass Strait at a glance

Our Bass Strait petroleum operation includes the Gippsland Bass Joint Venture (50%) and Kipper Unit Joint Venture (32.5%), both of which are operated by our venture partner Esso Australia. Since we drilled Australia’s first offshore well in Bass Strait in 1965, significant investments have been made to develop an extensive network of facilities, including 23 offshore platforms and installations, 600 km of underwater pipelines and onshore processing facilities at Longford and Long Island Point.
1965 We discovered hydrocarbons in Bass Strait in 1965.
4bn Bass Strait has produced more than 4 billion barrels of crude oil.
100m People around the world use around 100 million barrels of oil and liquid fuels per day.

Located between 25 and 80 kilometres off the south-east coast of Victoria, Australia, Bass Strait is part of the Gippsland Basin. Bass Strait has been a prolific producer of oil and gas for over 50 years and continues to be a major supplier into the Australian east coast domestic market. Over eight trillion cubic feet of natural gas and four billion barrels of oil have been produced from the Bass Strait to date.


Oil and gas extracted from petroleum is refined into different types of energy fuels and materials used in everyday products.

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