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04 December - Oil bubbling in Exmouth Gulf.

Unread postby Max ADU » Mon Dec 03, 2012 8:57 pm

Today in Australian History
Friday, December 4, 1953.

Oil is discovered in Exmouth Gulf off the coast of Western Australia.

Exmouth Gulf is a gulf in the north-west of Western Australia. It lies between North West Cape and the main coastline of Western Australia. It is considered to be part of the region of the North West Shelf and in the Canning Basin area.


The first exploration drilling for oil in Western Australia was carried out in 1902 at Warren River in the southwest of the state.
Traces of oil were located at various sites throughout Western Australia in the ensuing years.

In 1953, WAPET (West Australian Petroleum Pty Ltd) acquired the use of some remaining defence buildings after the the US Navy established a submarine and navy base in 1942 during WWII.

From this point, WAPET commenced its oil exploration.

On 4 December 1953, the discovery of a flow of oil in WAPET’s Rough Range No. 1 well at Exmouth Gulf stimulated the growth of the state's oil industry.

WAPET became Chevron Australia Pty Ltd. in February 2000.
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