Exclusives

Whether it is in shales, tight sands or CSG, the number of international oil companies jumping into the Australian plays to 'crack the code' is increasing along with spending.

Long offsets, wide line spacing and fine spatial sampling can deliver economic large-sale 3-D surveys.

Two operators describe the basin as ‘world class.’

Creating a petrophysical model with a fairly limited data set leads to success in shale plays.

Despite cost overruns, KPMG expert sees good days ahead for Australia.

Exploration

Exoma Energy Ltd. has withdrawn from the Galilee JV exploration permits.

Neon Energy Ltd. has awarded a contract to CGG Services Ltd. for licensing of 200 sq km of new broadband 3-D seismic data over the WA-503-P offshore petroleum exploration permit.

Searcher Seismic in cooperation with BGP has won a major multiclient campaign consisting of three separate surveys.

Statoil has been awarded a 100% equity share in a large exploration permit located in the prolific Northern Carnarvon Basin on the Northwest Shelf of Australia.

Subsea Engineering

AWE has completed the sale of a portion of its interests in the offshore Tasmanian offshore Bass Basin gas/condensate permits and that contain the Yolla and Trefoil fields.

The Cornea Field offshore Australia is set for a five-year assessment by a JV of local independent companies banding together as Cornea Resources.

Technology

Neon Energy Ltd. has announced that it has awarded a contract to CGG Services for licensing of 200 sq km (77 sq miles) of new broadband 3-D seismic data over the WA-503-P offshore petroleum exploration permit.

Savanna will deploy four top drive single (TDS) drilling rigs to operate in Queensland for an existing customer to support its east coast LNG project.