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Western Mentelle Basin

Entity ID: 523495 Compiled by: Payne, D. and Borissova, I. Year: 2010 Status: Defined

Last Revised: 2016

Rank: subprovince Type: sedimentary Subtype: polyhistory Location: Off-shore

Synonyms: NA Symbol: NA

Minimum age: Recent Age method: inferred, biostratigraphic correlation

Maximum age: Middle Jurassic Age method: inferred, seismic interpretation

Summary: The ultra-deep water western Mentelle Basin contains Mid-Jurassic to early Cretaceous syn-rift and early Cretaceous to Holocene post-rift successions separated by a thick Valanginian to Hauterivian syn-breakup igneous complex.

Area (square kilometres): 24800
Minimum present water depth (m): 1300
Maximum present water depth (m): 4000
Main rock types: carbonate sediments and sedimentary rocks
Main rock types: siliciclastic sediments and sedimentary rocks
Main rock types: igneous - intrusive
Main depositional environment: marine and non-marine
Maximum sediment thickness (m): 11000
Present crustal setting: continental
Country: AUS

Parent: Mentelle Basin

Child Provinces: No data

Adjoins - Eastern Mentelle Basin, Naturaliste Plateau

Constituent units:

Events: Australia-Greater India Breakup, Australia-Antarctica break-up

Mineral Deposits: No data

Key Reference: Borissova, I., Bradshaw, B.E., Nicholson, C.J., Struckmeyer, H.I.M., Payne, D.S. 2010, New exploration opportunities on the southwest Australian margin - deep-water frontier Mentelle Basin, APPEA Journal, 50, 1-13 (Refid:65820)

Comments: First Acreage Release in 2010

Overview: The western Mentelle Basin is an ultra-deep water part of the Mentelle Basin containing up to 11 km of sedimentary fill. The two major depocentres of the western Mentelle Basin, Eagle and Rosa, were formed during Mid-Jurassic to Early Cretaceous rifting. Half graben within the western Mentelle Basin are bounded by easterly dipping faults in the Eagle depocentre and southeasterly dipping faults in the Rosa depocentre. Paleocene to Eocene margin collapse associated with the onset of the fast spreading in the Southern Ocean resulted in fault reactivation and inversion. The stratigraphy of the western Mentelle Basin is inferred from seismic ties to DSDP 258, which provides high resolution data on Mid-Albian to Holocene part of the section, and comparisons to the adjacent Vlaming Sub-basin. Petroleum prospectivity assessment based on well data from the Perth Basin suggests that potential source rocks include Middle Jurassic to early Cretaceous coals and carbonaceous shales. Good quality reservoir rocks are likely to be present at multiple stratigraphic levels. Regional seals are likely to be associated with breakup-related volcanics and Albian marine mudstones. Petroleum systems modelling suggests that only Jurassic rocks have reached the oil window. Generation and expulsion from these source rocks probably occurred from the Early Cretaceous onwards. Play types in the western Mentelle Basin include syn-rift high-side fault block traps, sub-basalt anticlines and fault blocks, post-rift anticlines and a range of stratigraphic traps.

Images: Regional setting of Mentelle Basin (980 KB), Structural elements Mentelle Basin (558 KB), Stratigraphic chart Mentelle Basin (503 KB), Cross section Mentelle Basin (412 KB), Cross section western Mentelle Basin (426 KB), Conceptual play diagram Mentelle Basin (449 KB), Maturity zones Mentelle Basin (517 KB)

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