ConocoPhillips Australia

Our History

COP Australia History 1929

ConocoPhillips has roots over 130 years old and is a pioneer in the production of Liquefied Natural Gas, which we have been responsibly delivering to the world since 1969. We are a global energy company that began operations in Australia almost two decades ago.

We can trace our beginnings to 1875, when Conoco founder Isaac E. Blake envisioned an idea to make kerosene available and affordable to townspeople in Ogden, Utah. Thirty years later, the foundation for Phillips Petroleum Company began when brothers Frank and L.E. Phillips hit the first of 81 wells without a dry hole. Nearly a century later, the two companies combined their strengths to form one of the largest energy company in the United States. The ConocoPhillips merger, completed on Aug. 30, 2002, paved the path for the company's current and future success. The years leading up to the formation of ConocoPhillips were marked by moments of triumph and challenges. Several of these moments highlighted both Conoco and Phillips' pioneering spirits. Phillips led the path in innovation by becoming the first company to develop and market propane for home heating and cooking, building the first long-distance multiproduct pipeline and inventing a process to make high-octane gasoline possible. Conoco used its pioneering spirit to develop the first filling station in the West, constructing what now is one of the oldest operating refineries in the United States and developing and receiving a patent for the Vibrosis method of seismic oil exploration. Together, the two companies helped make possible the current achievements of ConocoPhillips. Since the merger, the company has continued to grow and make significant contributions to the energy industry.

In 2006, Burlington Resources joined ConocoPhillips. The acquisition brought Burlington's more than 100 years of experience to ConocoPhillips and enhanced the company's position as a leading producer and marketer of natural gas. In recent years, ConocoPhillips began commercial production of renewable diesel fuel, started the first Alpine satellite oil field, announced plans for a global water sustainability center and formed a partnership with Tyson Foods, Inc. to produce next-generation renewable diesel fuel. While ConocoPhillips' history still is young, the histories of Conoco, Phillips and Burlington provide a solid foundation for ConocoPhillips to leave a mark on the industry.

Read more about the history of ConocoPhillips on our Corporate website.

ConocoPhillips acquires interests in exploration and production licences offshore in Western Australia and opens an office in Nedlands, Western Australia.