Tuesday, May 14, 1:00pm
Dr Jochen Kassan
Whistler Research P/L, Brisbane.
Moonie Oil field was discovered in 1961 and represents the first commercial
oil development in Australia. The field still ranks amongst the largest
onshore oil fields in Australia, with 100 million barrels of oil in place,
similar in size to Jackson Oil Field, Queensland. Despite its economic
significance surprisingly few geological and reservoir studies were
conducted in the 37 years of production history. Santos is owner (100%)
and operator of the field and commissioned a comprehensive review of all
available geological and geophysical data, with the aim of developing a 3D
reservoir model suitable to identify by-passed oil. Some 2500 feet of core
exist from the field, which provided one of the mainstays of the study.
Construction of a 3D reservoir model for Moonie Oil Field provides a good
example of the strategies and pitfalls common in dealing with data from
mature oil and gas fields onshore Australia. At Moonie substantial
potential was identified in the 56-4 reservoir and this is the target of
the current development program including the acquisition of 3D seismic.
Biography of the Speaker
Jochen Kassan is an independent consultant in sedimentology and reservoir
modelling working out of Brisbane, with some 15 years experience in
geological consulting and research. He obtained an MSc in petroleum
geology from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland (1987) after completing
undergraduate studies in geology and mineralogy at the University of Kiel,
Germany. He was awarded his PhD on the Triassic of the Bowen Basin in 1993
by the University of Queensland.