DUG launches WA Roebuck Basin project

A map of previously assessed seismic data around the Phoenix project.

A map of previously assessed seismic data around the Phoenix project.

DownUnder GeoSolutions (DUG) and Polarcus have launched a seismic survey to evaluate a potential new oil-producing province off the coast of Western Australia.

The survey will cover 22,130 sq km of the Roebuck Basin, which includes Apache Corporation’s recent Phoenix South-1 oil discovery, located in the WA-435-P permit and flagged as a potential new oil province in one of the least explored regions in the North West Shelf.

Carnarvon Petroleum, Finder Exploration and JX Nippon are also involved in the Phoenix project, located 200 km north of Port Hedland, between the Carnarvon and Browse basins.

“We’re excited to, once again, be involved in a world-renowned project which has the potential to unlock huge hydrocarbon reserves off the coast of Western Australia,” DUG Managing Director Matt Lamont said.

Polarcus Chief Executive Officer Rod Starr added that the resultant data will enable exploration and production companies to make well informed decisions about potential investment opportunities in this exciting new basin, given its importance to global oil and gas production.

Joint venture partners in WA-435-P are Apache Energy (operator, 40 per cent), Carnarvon Petroleum (20 per cent), JX Nippon (20 per cent) and Finder Exploration (20 per cent).

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