Austrian production peaked in 1955, primarily from its
largest field; Matzen in the Vienna basin. New discoveries are
occasionally made but these, along with intensive enhanced oil recovery
technologies, are only sufficient to slow output decline.
Austria’s old fields deliver associated gas and some non-associated gas
is also produced. However, as for oil, these fields are nearing the end
of their life. New discoveries and better technologies occasionally
reverse decline for a period but overall output has been steadily
Austria has no offshore waters.
oil consumption increased from 2000 as the country had above average
economic growth but it has declined since 2006 and will likely stay flat
over the next decade with imports staying near current levels.
Gas consumption fell from 2005 but should grow slowly after 2009 with
imports steadily increasing as the country moves to use more gas,
replacing oil wherever it can.