Abstract

This publication combines the completion reports of two wells drilled at Port Campbell in the Otway Basin, Victoria, by Frome-Broken Hill Company Proprietary Limited in 1959 and 1960. Port Campbell No. 1 was located near the crest of a seismic "high". The seismic reflection survey showed that there was an increase in thickness of section down dip to the south-east; Port Campbell No. 2 Well was sited about 1-3/4 miles south-east of Port Campbell No. 1. Port Campbell No. 1 Well was spudded in on 9th September, 1959, and reached a total depth of 5965 feet inparalic sediments of Lower Cretaceous age on 9th December, 1959. Miocene and Oligocene marl and calcareous clay were penetrated to 1375 feet, then more than 3000 feet of Lower Tertiary, Eocene and (?)Palaeocene,and 1000 feet of Cretaceous sediments. The only break evident in the succession in Port Campbell No. 1 was at 5656 feet where a lithological change was noted together with a conspicuous break on the electric log. At this depth the well intersected a porous horizon which produced a flow of petroliferous gas. Drilling commenced at Port Campbell No. 2 on 12th July, 196q and was completed on 1st December, 1960, at 8846 feet in sediments of the Otway Group. 1214 feet of Upper Tertiary (Miocene and Oligocene) and approximately 3800 feet of Lower Tertiary (Eocene and Palaeocene) sediments were intersected. Time boundaries are still indefinite but at least 2700 feet of Cretaceous sediments are thought to be present in the well. Two unconformities were deduced: the upper at 7910 feet, between the Waarre Formation and the Belfast Mudstone, corresponds to the break at 5656 feet in Port Campbell No. 1, but represents a hiatus smaller than that in the earlier well as an extra 770 feet (approximately) of basal Belfast Mudstone and topmost Waarre Formation are present in Port Campbell No. 2.* The lower unconformity separates the Waarre Formation and the Otway Group on a horizon lower. than was reached in Port Campbell No. 1, but it was not well defined by the information derived from the one hole. The petroliferous gas, and a small amount of condensate, produced in Port Campbell No. 1 was a strong but not commercial flow and came from a coarse quartz sandstone between 5656 and 5668 feet. On test, flow rate and pressure decreased rather rapidly and recovery, on standing, was practically imperceptible, indicating that the reservoir is small and not connected with any larger reservoir. Port Campbell No. 2 did not show any evidence of free gas or oil. The gas obtained from testing was only minor and derived from solution in formation water.
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