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Onshore Carnarvon Basin Western Australia

Location

Surrounding Rough Range Oil Field, 60km South of Exmouth

Basin

Carnarvon

Operator

Empire Oil and Gas NL

Interest

EP 359 and EP 435 (Bounty 10%)

EP 412 (Bounty 65%)

Background

These permits straddle the Rough Range anticline home to Australia’s first oil discovery in 1955.  The primary target is oil in the Cretaceous Birdrong Sandstone up dip from the source kitchen in the Paterson Trough immediately to the west of Rough Range.  The Dingo Claystone is the prime source rock in this area and for much of the Carnarvon Basin.  Where drilled within Bounty’s lands the Dingo Claystone is just within the oil window, the drill cuttings show bright fluorescence instantaneous fluorescent oil cut with solvent and have a total organic carbon content of 1% – 2.5%.  Within the Patterson Trough (Paterson East Lead) the Dingo Claystone is expected to be well within the oil window and to make an excellent target for a shale oil play.

Future work

A US based company has farmed into the unconventional play and as part of the farmin is expected to drill the 5 MMbo Bee Eater Prospect which has been defined in EP 359.  This is then expected to be followed by a shale oil well at Paterson East to test the Dingo Claystone unconventional potential.