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Australia’s oil and gas extraction sector is comprised of business entities involved with the exploration and extraction of liquid and gaseous hydrocarbons from both onshore and offshore drilling operations.
In 2010-11, EEO participants in the oil & gas extraction sector used 96.4 PJ, representing approximately 2.5 percent of Australia’s total energy consumption.
Energy Efficiency in the Oil & Gas Extraction Sector
Corporations in the oil and gas extraction sector have identified a range of energy efficiency opportunities including reducing and eliminating unnecessary energy use and an improvement in the efficiency of electric motors used to operate equipment such as pumps and compressors.
Business entities within the oil and gas extraction sector reported the identification of 17.8 PJ of energy savings and adopted 9.8 PJ of savings. ‘Adopted’ energy savings refers to those energy saving opportunities that were reported against the business responses of implemented, to be implemented or implementation commenced.
Energy savings in the oil and gas extraction sector^
^Energy savings totals include the energy savings of opportunities with a greater than four year payback, voluntarily reported by corporations
Oil and Gas Extraction Significant Opportunities Register
The Significant Opportunities Register contains a cross-section of the significant opportunities described by oil and gas extraction corporations (including gas processing plants and petroleum refineries) in their EEO Public Reports. The register is in a spreadsheet format that can be filtered to find specific types of opportunities of interest and aims to facilitate access to different ideas that may assist corporations to identify opportunities to increase energy efficiency.
Resource materials that may be of use for businesses in the Oil & Gas Extraction sector aiming to improve their energy efficiency include the following:
EEO Workshop Presentations
Presentations made by industry representatives at past EEO workshops, describing their corporation’s approach to the EEO program.
[ PDF, 92KB]
Energy Mass Balance: Mining (2010)
Although directed primarily at onshore mineral mining operations, this guide outlines the processes and considerations that corporations can make when developing an energy mass balance for their large sites or processes.
[ PDF, 2.3MB]
First Opportunities in Depth: The Mining Industry (2010)
A detailed analysis of EEO results reported by the mining sector for 2006-2008.
[ PDF, 654KB]
Representative Assessment Guide (2010)
A guide on undertaking EEO assessments using a representative sample of a larger number of small energy using sites or processes, such as, assessing truck fleet consumption of diesel and the use of power in a specific piece of equipment that is used in various sites.
[ PDF, 716KB]
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