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Santos is a major Australian-based oil and gas exploration and production company operating internationally.



Santos has exploration interests and production operations in every major Australian petroleum province and in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Vietnam, India, Kyrgyzstan, Egypt and the United States.

We are Australia's largest domestic gas producer, supplying sales gas to all mainland Australian states and territories, ethane to Sydney, and oil and liquids to domestic and international customers.

Through our interest in the Darwin LNG project, we are a producer of liquefied natural gas (LNG) which is exported to customers in Japan.

Santos has the largest Australian exploration portfolio by area of any company and is pursuing new venture opportunities with a focus on Asia.

Founded in 1954, our name was an acronym for South Australia Northern Territory Oil Search. Santos made its first significant discovery of natural gas in the Cooper Basin in 1963. The Moomba discovery in 1966 confirmed this region as a major petroleum province and gas supplies to Adelaide commenced in 1969.

The 1980s saw Santos develop a major liquids business with the construction of a liquids recovery plant at Moomba and a fractionation and load-out facility at Port Bonython. During the 1990s Santos further expanded its interests in Australia and overseas.

Since 2000 the Company has continued to build its business in South East Asia while undertaking high-impact exploration and developing new projects to drive production and earnings growth.

In 2006, a significant milestone was reached with the first export of LNG from the Darwin LNG project.

Development drilling on the John Brookes gas field, Carnarvon Basin, offshore Western Australia.

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