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AAPG Bulletin


Volume: 65 (1981)

Issue: 5. (May)

First Page: 1001

Last Page: 1001

Title: Fortescue Field--Stratigraphic Trap in Gippsland Basin, Australia: ABSTRACT

Author(s): R. C. N. Thornton, B. J. Burns, A. J. Rigg

Article Type: Meeting abstract


The Fortescue 1 well, drilled in the Gippsland basin in June 1978, was a dry hole. However, the results of a detailed stratigraphic analysis and interpreted seismic data provided sufficient information to predict the possible occurrence of a stratigraphic trap on the flank of the giant Halibut structure. Three months later, the West Halibut 1 well encountered oil in the Latrobe group 16 m below the depth used as the oil-water contact for the Halibut field. Following wireline testing in both the water- and oil-bearing sandstone units, two separate pressure systems were recognized in the well. Three additional wells, Fortescue 2, 3, and 4, were drilled to delineate the limits of the field, the complex stratigraphy, and the pore fluid contacts. Detailed well log correlations stratigraphic interpretations, and interpreted seismic data indicated that the Fortescue reservoirs were a discrete set of units stratigraphically younger and separated from those of Halibut and Cobia fields. Analysis of pressures confirmed the presence of two separate pressure systems, proving none of the Fortescue reservoirs were being produced from the Halibut platform. Geochemical analysis of oils from both accumulations supported the above results, with indications that no mixing of oils has occurred. Because the Fortescue field is interpreted as a hydrocarbon accumulation which is completely separated from both Halibut and Cobia fields, and was not discovered prior to September 17, 1975, it qualified as new oil under the federal government's existing crude oil pricing policy.

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