About Cooper Basin Australia

The Cooper Basin is the location of the most important on-shore petroleum and natural gas deposits in Australia The oil and gas window is located 1,250 m below the surface[1] and was originally discovered in the 1960s (although there are larger oil and gas deposits off-shore). The first commercial discovery of gas occurred in 1963.[1] It includes Australia’s largest onshore oil field, the Jackson oil field.[2] This field was discovered in 1981. Pipelines transport gas to the major markets of BrisbaneAdelaide and Sydney. Overall about 1,800 petroleum wells have been drilled.[1]

The largest producer in the basin is Santos Limited with its main production facility at Moomba, South Australia. The oil and gas deposits in the Cooper Basin tend to be fairly small and fragmentary. Overall there are 160 gas fields and 75 oil fields in production containing about 630 producing gas wells and more than 340 producing oil wells.[3] There are many small listed companies exploring for additional deposits in the region. Some of these companies are Austin Exploration Limited, Cooper Energy, Beach Petroleum LimitedSenex EnergyStrike Energy, Acer Energy, Magellan, Impress Energy and many others.*

* source wikipedia.com


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* Details

Age Late Carboniferous – Middle triassic
Area in South Australia 35 000 km2 (13 510 sq. miles)
Depth to target zones 1250 – 3670 m
Thickness 2500 m
Hydrocarbon shows Widespread over 8 formations
First commercial discovery 1963 gas (Gidgealpa 2)
Production (12 months to December 2005) 67.09 PJ sales gas, 168 kt LPG, 263.08 ML condensate, 609.52 ML crude oil, 295.21 kt ethane (Cooper and Eromanga Basins)
Basin type Intracratonic
Depositional setting Non-marine
Reservoirs B Fluvial, deltaic, shoreface sandstones
Regional structure Faulted anticlines
Seals Lacustrine shales, coal
Source rocks Carbonaceous shale, thick (up to 30 m) coal
Depth to oil/gas window 1250 m (oil)
Number of wells ~1800
Seismic line km 75 829 2D , 8 882 3D km2

**Source Govt of South Australia

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Forget pipe dreams of a pipeline, get fracking in the Cooper Basin

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Low Oil Price Is Stalling Critical Australian Gas Investment

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Strike in dispute with Orica over late gas

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Australian state may back floating LNG import plan

The state said it would be cheaper to transport LNG by ship to a terminal near a major demand centre like Melbourne than transporting it by pipeline from the Cooper Basin in South Australia or Queensland state further north. Andrews plans to take the …

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Beach drills Cooper basin duster

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Unconventional drilling comes to Australia’s Cooper Basin

Christine Forster writes from Australia that 2014 is going to be a key year in the quest to develop unconventional oil and gas resources in that country’s Cooper Basin. Her discussion of it is the focus of this week’s Oilgram News column, At the Wellhead.

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Increasing gas supply in Australia

A number of projects and programs have been launched across the east and south of Australia to … of the Strike Energy Cooper Basin deep coal project. The grants are estimated to deliver $174 million in new investment by oil and gas companies involved …

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Origin-owned Lattice Energy's first pitch to fund managers

Origin Energy has lined up former BP Australia executive and now Downer EDI chairman Mike Harding to oversee its $1.5 billion oil and gas spin-off … and includes Origin’s stakes in the Cooper Basin, Otway, BassGas and Kupe fields, among others.

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Beach Energy targets undeveloped Cooper basin #oil reserves in South #Australia https://t.co/UdiRAO0FrI

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Bengal Energy Announces Cuisinier Field Commercial Update

Effective April 1, 2017 Bengal has executed a new Crude Oil Sale and Purchase Agreement (“COSPA”) with the South Australia Cooper Basin Joint Venture to which Bengal sells the majority of its oil production. The new COSPA has improved pricing over …

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