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.

We established our Australian head office in Brisbane, Queensland in 1990.

Our exploration program in Queensland’s Bowen basin in 1994 discovered major natural gas reserves, beginning our long relationship with Australia.

Dr James H Butler III

The late Dr James Butler was a founding Director and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Tri-Star. Dr Butler had more than 50 years oil and gas exploration and production experience in many countries…