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Technology in Australia 1788-1988Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
Table of Contents

Chapter 11

I The Present Energy Economy

II Australian Energy Consumption

III Research And Development

IV Coal

V Oil And Natural Gas
i Background to discovery
ii Discovery in Bass Strait
iii North West Shelf
iv Onshore
v Innovation and incidents

VI Solar Energy

VII Nuclear Energy

VIII Bagasse Firewood And Other Biomass

IX Electric Power Generation And Distribution electric Power Generation And Distribution

X Manufactured Gas

XI Industrial Process Heat



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Onshore, the biggest discoveries were of natural gas in the far north of South Australia. The most significant was a coal rich feature known as the Cooper Basin, which lay deep under the Artesian Basin. By the mid 1960s the partnership of Santos of Adelaide and Delhi Australian Petroleum of Texas, had established enough natural gas there to supply Adelaide and by 1976 was also able to supply Sydney and Canberra. About the same time, Australian Associated Oilfields (AAO) established enough gas around Roma to supply Brisbane and there were oil and gas discoveries in Central Australia, which have recently been connected by oil and gas pipeline to Alice Springs and a gas pipeline to Darwin.

Organisations in Australian Science at Work - A.A.O. (Australian Associated Oilfields); Delhi Australian Petroleum; Santos Limited

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