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PESA WA Technical November lunch talk- Oil by exception: Where and why liquids enrichment occurs in the gassy petroleum systems of the Australian margin

Thursday, 19 November, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm (Australia/Perth time)

$39.00 – $99.00
Andrew Murray

Guest Speaker(s): Andrew Murray

Following an early career in analytical chemistry and marine science/oceanography, Andrew was a senior research scientist with the Australian Geological Survey (now Geoscience Australia). In 1998 he joined Woodside Energy, retiring 18 years later as principal petroleum systems advisor. This period included a secondment to the Shell international research centre. He now runs his own company (Murray Partners PPSA) providing consulting, training and support to exploration and appraisal/development geoscientists. Clients have included 11 integrated exploration companies and several governments and academic institutions. Andrew holds M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in petroleum geochemistry and has 32 years of experience spread across most regions of the world, across government, academia, and industry, and across the basin modelling, geochemistry and reservoir engineering

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PESA WA invites you to our November technical luncheon on Thursday 19th November

Oil by exception:  Where and why liquids enrichment occurs in the gassy petroleum systems of the Australian margin

Andrew Murray1, Zhiyong He2 and Casey Edwards3

1Murray Partners PPSA Pty. Ltd.  2Zetaware Inc.  3Source Geoscience Pty. Ltd.

Recently, we have written and spoken about the fundamental factors controlling the occurrence of oil vs. gas or, more generally, liquids vs. wet/dry gas (Murray and He, 2020). We have also discussed the tendency of geochemical fluid-source correlations to exaggerate the liquids component any mixed source system (Murray and Peters, 2020).  In this talk, we will focus specifically on the petroleum systems of the Australian margin, wherein liquids occur almost “by exception”.  By this we mean that while most systems are gas-prone, individual circumstances have allowed relatively small but commercially viable accumulations of liquids. Our studies in this area are ongoing and, for this, talk examples will be selected from the following:

  • The Carboniferous sourced oils of the onshore Canning Basin – a paleo-petroleum system and a rare, genuinely oil prone source rock?
  • Volatile oils and rich gas-condensates in the Bedout Sub-basin: A new type of source rock?
  • Oil rimmed gas accumulations in the Vulcan Sub-Basin: Nature’s fractional distillation column
  • The high CGR of some Carnarvon Basin gas fields: Does high CGR gas mean lower or higher chance of finding oil?
  • The Northern Bonaparte Basin: Under saturated very light oils in leaky traps – gas removed by moving water?
  • The Vincent Field: An oil-rimmed gas accumulation with biodegradation and secondary biogenic gas
  • The likelihood of an undrilled nuisance oil rim in the Wilcox gas-condensate field
  • The possibility of an undrilled material oil rim in or near the giant Sunrise field

In some of these cases the mechanism of liquids enrichment is clear. For example, rich condensate and volatile oils can only exist in certain PT conditions. In other cases, a single mechanism cannot explain the high liquids content and a combination of factors may be at work.


Murray A. and He Z. (2020). Oil vs. Gas: What are the limits to prospect-level hydrocarbon phase prediction.  AAPG Search and Discovery article #42513

Murray A. and Peters K.E. (2020) Quantifying multiple source rock contributions to petroleum fluids: bias in using compound ratios and neglecting the gas fraction.  In press, AAPG Bull.

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Student Member (Early Bird): $39.00

Non-Member: $99.00

Member (Non-Early Bird): $79.00.

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Thursday, 19 November, 2020
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
(Australia/Perth time)
$39.00 – $99.00
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    Pan Pacific Perth
    207 Adelaide Terrace,
    Perth, wa 6000 Australia
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