BHP GROUP'S NW SHELF WELL CUTS THICK PAY NEAR '89 FIND

BHP Petroleum Pty. Ltd. and partners have drilled an apparent Northwest Shelf oil discovery near their 1989 Chinook strike, boosting prospects for another floating production system (FPS) off Australia. BHP 1 Griffin, in the WA-210-P permit, cut a 318 ft thick hydrocarbon column. Preliminary samples taken downhole indicate oil is present. BHP has high hopes for the well because most of the column is in Cretaceous Barrow group sands, the pay at nearby Saladin, South Pepper/North Herald, and

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