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Thursday, 14 November 1974
Page: 2461

Senator Young asked the Minister representing the Minister for Minerals and Energy, upon notice:

(   1 ) What amount of imported heavy crude oil is needed to meet Australia's requirements for the by-products of heavy crude, including bituminous products for road construction.

(2)   What are Australia's current imports of this type of heavy crude and how do those tonnages compare with Australia's minimum requirements.

Senator Wriedt - The Minister for Minerals and Energy has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(   1 ) and (2 ) Imports of crude oil during 1 973-74 amounted to 65 million barrels, about half of which were heavy crude.

Product yields vary with individual crudes. From the heavy crude imported during 1973-74 were obtained Australian production of bitumen amounting to 3 million barrels and lubricating oil amounting to Vh million barrels, as well as other products.

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