CSIRO has a number of world-class research facilities and services to maximise the research potential into petroleum resources and developing geothermal technologies.

These specialised facilities are available to industry through:

  • commercial consulting services and technical support
  • collaborative research.

CSIRO also has an extensive range of services to facilitate oil and gas related research.


DielectricDielectric Measurement

CSIRO’s Petrophysics Laboratory offers a range of dielectric measurement options in a broad frequency range for solid and drill cutting samples.

Hydraulic FracHydraulic Fracturing

CSIRO has extensive expertise in hydraulic fracturing techniques and analyses.

rock mechanicsCSIRO Geomechanics and Geophysics Laboratory

CSIRO’s Rock Mechanics Laboratory undertakes research and testing for exploration, development and production scenarios in the oil industry as well as for the geological storage of carbon dioxide.

shale gasShale Research Centre

The Shale Research Centre conducts experimental and theoretical research on shale properties and problems.

syncatGas processing and conversion

SynCat is Australia’s first fully automated, around-the-clock, synthetic fuels research facility.

HytraHytra Loop

Read a brochure on Australia’s first gas hydrate flow loop to simulate gas pipeline conditions deepwater gas fields and understand hydrate dynamic behaviour.

geochemistry C02 mainOrganic and Isotope Geochemistry

CSIRO has state-of-the-art facilities and equipment to carry out analyses for research and commercial purposes.