BASS STRAIT UNDERPINS AUSSIE OIL FLOW

The Bass Strait region off Australia's southern coast is expected to remain the mainstay of the country's oil production in the near term. Government and industry see Australia's western offshore areas as the key to maintaining the country's level of oil self-sufficiency at an acceptable level beyond 2000 (OGJ, Aug. 17, p. 29). But Bass Strait oil flow, in decline since 1985, at about 300,000 b/d still provides more than half of Australia's current production.

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