Hydrocarbon occurrences in the Cooper and Eromanga basins in central Australia

Author : J.Paran
Publication : Bulletin of the Geological Society of Malaysia
Page : 343-356
Volume Number : 33
Year : 1993
DOI : https://doi.org/10.7186/bgsm33199324

Bulletin of the Geological Society of Malaysia, Volume 33, Nov. 1993, pp. 343-356

Hydrocarbon occurrences in the Cooper and Eromanga basins in central Australia


Sagasco Resources Limited, 60 Hindmarsh Square, GPO Box 2576 Adalaide, South Australia 5001


Abstract: The Cooper and Eromanga basins comprise the largest and most prolific onshore hydrocarbon province in Australia with hydrocarbons occurring in almost all stratigraphic levels and in a variety of structural and stratigraphic traps.

The stratigraphy and differing tectonic models proposed to explain the structural setting of these basins and the principal geological controls which effect the trapping and distribution of oil and gas are reviewed.

Hydrocarbon discoveries made to date total some 5 trillion cubic feet of gas in about 100 gas fields and 300 million barrels of recoverable oil in about 110 oil fields. New and advanced exploration technologies are being applied in an effort to overcome production decline.

The variety of play types, proven productivity within a thick geologic succession from the pre-Permian to Cretaceous and the unusual complexity of hydrocarbon migration pathways within these basins beckon the creative explorationist who will, no doubt, continue to discover more oil and gas.


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