Production and Development Activities in Western
Australia and Remaining Frontiers
Ferdinando, Darren, Greg M. Carlsen,
Department of Industry and Resources, East
Global demand for sweet light crude and LNG has encouraged
petroleum exploration and production in Western
Australia to increase. Much of this is due to
continued exploration of the Barrow Sub-basin, Exmouth Sub-basin,
and onshore Northern
Successful farmouts in the Canning Basin
ensure renewed frontier exploration activity.
Energy supply issues in Perth are
encouraging aggressive onshore exploration in the northern Perth Basin
where new discoveries can be quickly tied into spare pipeline capacity.
During 2003/04 77 wells were drilled, a 17% increase on the
previous financial year. Significant discoveries were made in the Northern Carnarvon, Browse, and Perth basins.
New plays in the offshore Exmouth Sub-basin,
and offshore Perth Basin and the acquisition of 3D seismic in the
onshore northern Perth
Basin, have led to
increased drilling. Frontier exploration for the coming year includes a
prospect in the Canning
Basin with an upside
potential of close to 1 billion barrels of oil and a second prospect.
Methane In 2002 the first coal seam methane exploration program in Western Australia commenced in the southern Perth Basin.
From drilling results a zone of interest in the Redgate
and Rosabrook Coal Measures has been identified. The
target seams have a combined thickness in excess of 20 m.