Three generations of exploration expertise have driven Tri-Star’s long and successful history.
The first of Tri-Star’s group of companies, West Texas Oil and Gas Corporation, was established in 1979 by founder, Dr James Butler III and his son, James Butler Jr, to explore and develop oil reserves in the Permian Basin in West Texas, USA.
Tri-Star Petroleum Company was formed in 1988 to explore gas and oil opportunities in Australia.
Our exploration program discovered major Queensland coal seam gas (CSG) reserves and started our long association with Australia.
We identified significant coal and coal seam gas reserves in Australia’s Surat, Bowen, and Pedirka basins.
We established our Australian office in Brisbane, Queensland in 1990.