Tectonic Geography of the World's Oldest Petroleum Play, the McArthur Basin

01.09.2017 - 01.09.2019
Grantová agentura: 
Australian Research Council
Registrační číslo: 
Interní řešitel/spoluřešitel: 
Lukáš Ackerman
Interní řešitel: 
je spoluřešitel
Externí řešitel/spoluřešitel: 
The University of Adelaide, The University of South Australia, The University of Wollongong, Northern Territory Geological Survey, Santos Ltd., Origin Energy

McArthur Basin hydrocarbon plays cover large areas of northern Australia and include shale source and reservoir rocks > 1 billion years old; making them the most unconventional of petroleum plays. To de-risk them a regional 4D tectonic geography framework is needed. This project will construct this by a) investigating the evolving tectonic setting, b) examining intra-basin correlations and trace the source to sink sediment provenance, c) unraveling the depositional geography using novel isotopic proxies, and, d) constructing the subsequent thermal history of the basin. This road-map will develop techniques to understand truly ancient petroleum systems, build capacity and expertise in Australia and support exploration in northern Australia.