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PESA SA/NT November Technical Luncheon Coorikiana Sandstone Play, Cooper Basin region

Thursday, 23 November, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm (Australia/Adelaide time)

$25.00 – $75.00

Guest Speaker(s): Carmine Grasso

Carmine Grasso graduated from the University of Adelaide with a BSc in geology and geophysics. He has more than three decades of industry experience, spanning onshore oil and gas industry. His recent experience has been in exploring, appraising and developing onshore oil fields in Australia, including Mereenie gas/oil field, with previous experience including gas fields within Australia. Carmine’s varied experience has provided him with a solid understanding of the petroleum value chain. He has a proven track record of reviving declining oil assets, abandoned acreage and multiple success in both oil and gas play openers. He has been directly involved in an operational capacity for over 600 oil and gas wells. In 2023 he joined South Australia’s Department for Energy and Mining (DEM) in a part-time role as Chief Geologist. Carmine is a member of PESA.


Coorikiana Sandstone Play, Cooper Basin region

Carmine Grasso 
South Australia’s Department for Energy and Mining (DEM)



Petroleum exploration of the Cooper/Eromanga basin commenced in 1954 with the granting of an exploration licence to Santos, the dominant focus for operators being gas resources of the deeper Permian reservoirs of the Cooper Basin, which are overlain by the younger shallower Eromanga Basin. However, a recent industry focus to specifically target the shallower reservoirs, viz., Coorikiana Sandstone of the Eromanga Basin, has yielded rewarding outcomes, thus adding to the Cooper/Eromanga basin reputation as Australia’s most prolific onshore oil and gas basin.

The early Cretaceous Coorikiana Sandstone has been proven to be a bona fide exploration, appraisal and development target in the South Australian sector of the Cooper/Eromanga basin. This presentation of the play is aimed at providing explorers with a better understanding of the geology and potential importance of these regressive marine shoreface sandstone reservoirs. Recent activity in the South Australian portion of the Cooper/Eromanga basin has proven successful via low-cost shallow drilling campaigns, focusing on delivering additional production rate and reserves for both oil and gas. These positive results in the Coorikiana Sandstone have not only placed the spotlight on this formation as a legitimate hydrocarbon target but it has also increased our knowledge on the importance of understanding the value of shallow hydrocarbon plays in the Eromanga Basin.


Event Details:

Thursday,  November 23rd, 2023
Luncheon: 12 pm for a 12:30 pm start

Place: Ayer’s House, 288 North Tce, Adelaide

Includes a 2-course lunch and drinks

Bookings close 1 pm Monday, 20th November
Any late bookings will incur an additional $20 fee. Strictly no walk-ins.


Thursday, 23 November, 2023
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
(Australia/Adelaide time)
$25.00 – $75.00
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