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Title: Offshore search continues despite disappointments

Exploration drilling activity in Australia broke records onshore in 1984, but offshore it was a different story. A total of 373 wells were drilled, onshore and offshore, with 266 labeled as wildcats and appraisals. Out of 80 wells drilled offshore last year, 43 were exploratory compared with 49 in 1983; 48 were oil wells, seven were gas, and 25 were dusters. Offshore discoveries included the Talisman 1 off the coast of Western Australia, which tested around 6000 b/d, and Challis 1 in the Timor Sea, which flowed at 5000 b/d. The failure to establish Jabiru in the Timor Sea as a major oil province like Bass Strait was a major disappointment. However, the Challis 1 was a relief since it indicated the presence of a commercial field adjacent to Jabiru.
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OSTI Identifier:
5743443
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Offshore; (United States); Journal Volume: 45:5
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
02 PETROLEUM; AUSTRALIA; PETROLEUM DEPOSITS; OIL WELLS; WELL DRILLING; PETROLEUM; PRODUCTION; OFFSHORE OPERATIONS; AUSTRALASIA; DRILLING; ENERGY SOURCES; FOSSIL FUELS; FUELS; GEOLOGIC DEPOSITS; MINERAL RESOURCES; RESOURCES; WELLS 020300* -- Petroleum-- Drilling & Production