Hydrocarbons in Austria

In Austria, economically relevant amounts of petroleum and natural gas are located in the subsurface of the Vienna Basin and in the Molasse Zone.

Map of Hydrocarbons in Austria.
Hydrocarbons in Austria. Compiled from: Weber, L. (1997)
© Geological Survey of Austria, Metallogenetic Map of Austria 1:500,000 including Industrial Minerals and Mineral Fuels.

The Annual production by the two remaining Austrian oil companies, RAG (Rohöl-Aufsuchungs Aktiengesellschaft) and OMV, averages 1 million tons of crude, which represents 10 % of Austria’s consumption.

Hopes in the deep surface

The flame of a gas stove.
Austria is able to cover about 15 % of own needs with domestic natural gas.
© Geological Survey of Austria / Andreas Ortag

Gas fields in the North of Vienna, the western part of Upper Austria and in Salzburg, are producing 1,5 billion normal cubic meters, providing 15 % of Austria’s Natural Gas consumption.