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

Australia Map of Cooper & Eromanga Basins

* Details

Age Late Carboniferous – Middle Triassic
Area in South Australia 35 000 km2 (13 510 sq miles)
Exploration Well Density 1 well per 58km2 ( well per 23 sq. miles)
Success Ratio (conventional plays) 0.442
Depth to target zone 1250 – 3670m.
Thickness 2500m.
Hydrocarbon shows Widespread over 8 formations.
First commercial discovery 1963 gas (Gidgealpa 2).
Current Production (June 2017) Cumulative Production – 5.39 TCF sales gas (since 1970), 197.3 mmbbl oil (from 1983), 84.25 mmboe LPG (from 1984), 80.0 mmboe condensate (from 1983)
  Annual Production (2016-2017) – 82.24 BCF sales gas, 11.25 mmbbl oil, 1.05 mmboe LPG, 1.78 mmboe condensate
Basin type Intracratonic.
Depositional setting Non-marine.
Reservoirs Fluvial, deltaic, shoreface sandstones.
Regional structure Faulted anticlines.
Seals Lacustrine shale, coal.
Source rocks Carbonaceous shale, thick (up to 30m) coal.
Number of wells (October 2016) 1763 (1188 development/appraisal)
Seismic line km 76135 2D; 14416 km2 3D (94312 km )

**Source Govt of South Australia

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