One of the few OECD countries that is a significant net hydrocarbon exporter, Australia contains impressive quantities of petroleum, natural gas and coal reserves and exports roughly two-thirds of its total energy production. Australia, which has major offshore natural gas fields feeding the Gorgon, Wheatstone and Pluto LNG developments, is the word's fifth-largest exporter of liquefied natural gas. As of 2009, Australia holds proven oil reserves of 1.5 billion barrels and some 30 Tcf of proven natural gas reserves.
Engineering managers bring together their administrative, planning and organizational abilities along with their knowledge of engineering principles to manage an engineering function. They are required to apply both business practice and engineering principles to oversee technical projects from conception to completion. The combination of technological and business knowledge required in engineering management are important for effective and efficient operations and overall project success.