Abstract

Thangoo No. lA well was drilled as a result of mechanical difficulties encountered at the drilled depth of 3 ,475 feet in Thangoo No. 1 well which were insurmountable and prevented further operations on this well. Total loss of circulation at 3,475 feet in Thangoo No. 1 well resulted in unexpected total collapse of the hole below the 10 3/4" casing in a section of friable sandstone and conglomerate (Grant Formation). In Thangoo No. lA well these formations were cased off. A lost circulation zone was tested for potential hydrocarbon production and found to contain water only. The well was drilled to 5,429 feet into basement rocks (programmed depth 4,500 feet). Excellent hole control was maintained to total depth by drilling below the 16" conductor shoe with high pH, low shear and waterloss, freshwater mud. The 1,366 feet of Mesozoic and 1,377 feet of Permian section in Thangoo No. lA closely resemble that of Thangoo No. 1. The Ordovician section is 2,318 feet thick, consisting of 695 feet of Goldwyer Formation (new name) and 1,623 feet of Thangoo Limestone (amended name). Basement, consisting of Precambrian phyllite , was encountered at 5,100 feet in Thangoo No. lA. Traces of oil were observed throughout the Ordovician section. Oil shows are confined predominantly to vuggy veins of coarse crystalline dolomite. A minor show was also observed in the sandstone of the basal unit of the Thangoo Limestone. A porous zone within the Thangoo Limestone, causing some lost circulation, appeared at about 3,670 feet in Thangoo No. lA. A formation test of this zone recovered only brackish water (11,999 ppm. total salts) with no signs of oil or gas. It is possible that the small shows of oil in the Thangoo Limestone are retained by the impervious Goldwyer Formation, as no shows were present in the Roebuck Bay and Dampier Downs wells, where porous Permian rocks directly overlie the Thangoo Limestone. The correlation of the sections of the Thangoo Limestone in all the exploratory wells on the Broome Platform indicates that the Thangoo No. lA well occupies a low structural position. Consequently the objectives of testing the structure in the Ordovician and Permian Grant Formation were not achieved. The chances of finding commercial oil accumulations in the Ordovician section of the South Canning Basin in the vicinity of Thangoo Nos. 1 and lA are very small at this time, because of the low source rock potential and flushing by meteoric waters of the Thangoo Limestone, the lack of porosity in the Goldwyer Formation, and the difficulties experienced in resolVing the structure of the Ordovician with present seismic methods.
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