Australian Bureau of Statistics
1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2002
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 25/01/2002
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Exploration involves the search for new ore occurrences or undiscovered oil or gas, and/or appraisal intended to delineate or greatly extend the limits of known deposits of minerals or oil or gas reservoirs by geological, geophysical, geochemical, drilling or other methods. This includes construction of shafts and adits primarily for exploration purposes, but excludes activity of a developmental or production nature. Exploration for water is excluded.
Drilling methods used in Australia
The drilling method with the highest reported expenditure in 1999-2000 was diamond drilling. This method accounted for 40% of the total $257m expenditure reported, although it contributed only 16% of the 6.5 million metres drilled.
The most used method in terms of metres drilled for 1999-2000 was reverse circulation, contributing 34% (2.2 million metres) of the total 6.5 million metres drilled. This method accounted for 33% ($84m) of total drilling expenditure.
Rotary air blast was the second most used drilling method in terms of metres drilled, contributing 24% (1.6 million metres) of the total metres drilled. However, this method accounted for only 10% of the total exploration expenditure for drilling.
Tables 18.6 and 18.7 show metres drilled and expenditure by drilling methods for all areas (including exploration on production leases and all other areas) by State and Territory.
Petroleum exploration expenditure
Total private petroleum exploration expenditure was $723.3m in 1999-2000 (table 18.8), slightly lower than in 1995-96. Between 1995-96 and 1999-2000 offshore exploration expenditure increased by $63m (11%) to $613m, whereas onshore exploration expenditure fell by $65m (37%) to $110m.
Reported expenditure on petroleum exploration in 1999-2000 was $144m (17%) lower than in 1998-99.
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