Potential seen in area southwest of Australia

Petroleum prospectivity could be more favorable than previously believed on the Naturaliste plateau seaward of the Perth basin off south Western Australia, a study by Geoscience Australia, Canberra, concluded.The 90,000-sq-km area lies 350 km off the Cape Naturaliste-Whicher Range area in 2,000-5,000 m of water. If oil has been generated, it likely migrated to the east where traps could occur in much shallower water, wrote Irina Borissova in the September 2002 issue of Aus-Geo News.Results of the agency's recent framework study suggest that "basement beneath most of the plateau and the Naturaliste trough contains extensional structures typical of continental margins."The western Mente...

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