Trans-Tasman collaboration explores petroleum frontier

09 July 2012


Location of the Tasman Frontier region showing the coverage of reflection<BR> seismic data included in the Tasman Frontier Geophysical Data Base. Copyright Geoscience Australia 2012

Location of the Tasman Frontier
region showing the coverage of
reflection seismic data included in
the Tasman Frontier Geophysical
Data Base.
© Geoscience Australia

A Trans-Tasman collaboration exploring for potential hydrocarbon resources has led to sharing of up-to-date geoscientific information on an unexplored frontier region.

A very productive Trans-Tasman scientific collaboration exploring the Tasman Frontier region for potential hydrocarbon resources has led to the first ever Tasman Frontier Petroleum Industry Workshop, held earlier this year at Geoscience Australia in Canberra. Participants in the workshop shared up-to-date pre-competitive geoscientific information on the vast unexplored frontier region extending between eastern Australia, western New Zealand and New Caledonia.

This workshop was the first cross-boundary petroleum industry event held by the three trans-Tasman jurisdictions. It showcased the results of Geoscience Australia’s assessment of the Capel and Faust Basins in Australia’s remote eastern maritime jurisdiction, recently completed as part of the Australian Government’s Offshore Energy Security Program (2006–11), as well as overviews of basin assessments in the adjacent New Zealand and New Caledonian territories, including the Reinga Basin and the New Caledonia Trough.

A highlight of the workshop was the release of the Tasman Frontier Geophysical Database. This database streamlines access to already publically available seismic reflection data for offshore eastern Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia jurisdictions. The workshop also included discussion on geological uncertainties, future potential data acquisition and possible regulatory mechanisms for exploration in remote frontier regions.

The workshop was co-hosted by Geoscience Australia along with New Zealand’s Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences (GNS Science) and the New Caledonian Department of Industry Mines and Energy (DIMENC). It was attended by over 50 delegates including representatives of exploration-related companies from Europe, China and the United States of America; in addition to representatives from government science agencies from Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia and France.

More details can be found in the latest issue of Geoscience Australia’s online quarterly magazine, AusGeo News.

Topic contact: media@ga.gov.au Last updated: October 4, 2013