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.
Facilities engineers oversee the design and construction of various production and utility systems in a given facility, ranging from offshore platforms to onshore plants. They assist with designing the layout and systems including everything from power sources, climate control, water and lighting to more specialized systems such as those processing chemicals or environmental controls. Many facilities engineers are also involved with the ongoing operations of this equipment, suggesting maintenance schedules and consulting on future renovations and construction.