Regional Petroleum Prospectivity of the Cooper Basin - 2016 Digging Deeper Conference Presentation
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The Cooper Basin is Australia's premier onshore hydrocarbon producing province and hosts a range of conventional and unconventional gas play types. This study investigates the petroleum generation potential of the basin's major Permian source rocks, to improve regional understanding of the basin's hydrocarbon prospectivity.
Source rock distribution, thickness, present-day amount of total organic carbon (TOC), quality (Hydrogen Index) and maturity were mapped across the basin, together with original source quality maps prior to the on-set of generation. Results of the source rock property mapping and basin-specific kinetics were integrated with 1D burial and thermal history models and a 3D basin model to create a regional pseudo-3D petroleum system model for the basin. The modelling outputs quantify the spatial distribution of both the maximum possible hydrocarbon yield, as well as the oil/ gas expelled and retained, for ten Permian source rocks. Monte Carlo simulations were used to quantify the uncertainty associated with hydrocarbon yields and to highlight the sensitivity of results to each input parameter.
The principal source rocks are the Permian coal and coaly shales of the Gidgealpa Group, with highest potential yields from the Patchawarra Formation coals and coaly shales. The broad extent of the Cooper Basin's Permian source kitchen and its large total generation potential (P50 scenario >2000 bboe) highlights the basinÂ¿s significance as a world-class hydrocarbon province. The difference between the P90 (~800 bboe) and P10 (>4000 bboe) scenarios demonstrate the range of uncertainties inherent in this modelling.