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AAPG Memoir 67: Seals, Traps, and the Petroleum System, Edited by R. C. Surdam
(Publication Subject: Oil Methodology, Concepts)
AAPG Memoir 67: Seals, Traps, and the Petroleum System. Chapter 10: Capillary Seals Within the Eromanga Basin, Australia: Implications for Exploration and Production, by P.J. Boult P.N. Previous HitTheologouNext Hit, and J. Foden, Pages 143-167

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Chapter 10

Capillary Seals Within the Eromanga Basin, Australia: Implications for Exploration and Production

P.J. Boult
P.N. Previous HitTheologouTop

Gartrell School of Mining Metallurgy and Applied Geology, University of South Australia Pooraka, South Australia, Australia

J. Foden

Department of Geology and Geophysics, Adelaide University Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

ABSTRACT

Studies of producing oil pools of the predominantly fluvial to shallow-lacustrine Eromanga Basin in central Australia indicate that capillary seals have a significant control on hydrocarbon occurrence and production. Oil pools sealed by the Callovian Birkhead Formation at the Bodalla South, Jackson, and Gidgealpa fields, and by the Berriasian Murta Formation at the Murteree Ridge fields, are filled to capillary seal capacity. Resultant upward leakage has taken place, filling oil pools higher up.

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