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Country profile: Austria

Location: Central Europe, north of Italy and Slovenia
Climate: temperate; continental, cloudy; cold winters with frequent rain and some snow in lowlands and snow in mountains; moderate summers with occasional showers
Terrain: in the west and south mostly mountains (Alps); along the eastern and northern margins mostly flat or gently sloping
Size: 83870 sq. km total (Land area: 82444 sq. km  Water area: 1426
Population: 8,205,533 (July 2008 est.)
Languages: German (official nationwide) 88.6%, Turkish 2.3%, Serbian 2.2%, Croatian (official in Burgenland) 1.6%, other (includes Slovene, official in Carinthia, and Hungarian, official in Burgenland) 5.3% (2001 census)
Government: federal republic
Capital city: Vienna
Legal system: civil law system with Roman law origin; judicial review of legislative acts by the Constitutional Court; separate administrative and civil/penal supreme courts; accepts compulsory ICJ jurisdiction
Currency: euro (EUR)

Country profile

Since the beginning of hydrocarbon exploration in Austria, more than 4,400 wells have been drilled; the deepest reaching 8533 m. In addition, extensive geophysical surveys have been conducted. Cumulative Austrian production is equal to 108,5 MM tonnes of oil and 72.1 Bm3 of gas. The most important hydrocarbon provinces of Austria are the Vienna basin, the Molasse Zone and the Northern Alps. The first of these areas, the intramontane Vienna Basin, has produced by far the largest volumes of hydrocarbons and also provided Austria's earliest production.

Energy production and consumption

Oil Gas
Production: 23,320 bbl/day (2005) 1 billion cu m (2005)
Consumption: 295,100 bbl/day (2005) 9 billion cu m (2005)
Exports: 34,680 bbl/day (2005) 936 million cu m (2005)
Imports: 157,500 bbl/day (2005) 9 billion cu m (2005)
Reserves: 62 million bbl (1 January 2006 est.) 14 billion cu m (1 January 2006 est.)
Major fields:

Austria - recent news

20 Sep 23
Austria: Vestas wins 46 MW project in Austria
Vestas has received a firm order from Windpark Engelhartstetten GmbH, a subsidiary of WindLandKraft GmbH, for the Engelhartstetten wind park in Lower Austria.
28 Jul 23
Austria: OMV announces new gas discovery in Austria
OMV has announced the Wittau Tief-2a exploration well to be a confirmed new natural gas discovery. The OMV operated well is located in Lower Austria and was drilled at a final depth of 5,000 meters after five months of operations. The well is the largest natural gas discovery in Austria in 40 years.
13 Mar 23
Austria: ADX awarded production licence for the Anshof oil field
ADX Energy has advised that Austria’s Ministry of Finance has awarded a production license to ADX VIE GmbH for the development of the Anshof oil field located within the ADX-AT-II exploration license in Upper Austria.
09 Mar 23
Austria: Wien Energie and OMV join forces to develop deep geothermal energy in the Vienna region
Wien Energie and OMV are pooling their expertise and planning to jointly tap, develop and utilize deep geothermal energy in the Greater Vienna area. Wien Energie and OMV have already cooperated in the exploration, planning and measurement of the geothermal potential of the eastern Vienna Basin and have been able to gather comprehensive data and findings in this area.
28 Nov 22
Austria: OMV welcomes first results regarding Vienna Basin’s geothermal potential
OMV conducted a production and injection test in fall 2022 to analyze the geothermal potential in the Vienna Basin, Lower Austria. The test took place in the basement of the Vienna Basin, in the 'Hauptdolomit.' OMV is satisfied with the initial results and further analyses are pending.

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