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PESA WA Technical September lunch talk- Five myths and myth-conceptions of the northern Perth Basin

Thursday, 17 September, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm (Australia/Perth time)

$39 – $99

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Guest Speaker(s): Darren Ferdinando

Darren Ferdinando gained his BSc (Hons) & PhD from the University of Western Australia. He initially worked for the Geological Survey of Western Australia before moving to explore the Perth Basin with Arc Energy. After a successful period with Arc, he then took up an offer he could not refuse, joining Murphy Oil’s newly opened Australia office and has had the opportunity to work across the Browse, Bonaparte and Perth Basins, as well as New Zealand’s offshore basins, the Great Australian Bight and more recently, the Vulcan Sub-basin. When Murphy Oil circled the wagons and headed back to Texas in late 2019, Darren started up his own company, Basin Science, and has been working on producing play-based evaluations of the northern Perth and Vulcan basins. Darren is a member PESA and AAPG.

Hosted with thanks to our Platinum Sponsors TGS:

And our Gold Sponsors DUG, Searcher Seismic,  Katalyst Data Management and PetroDip



PESA WA invites you to our September technical luncheon on Thursday 17th September

“Five myths and myth-conceptions of the northern Perth Basin

Presented by Darren Ferdinando


Every fifteen to twenty years the northern Perth Basin undergoes a ‘transformation’ with new play discoveries being made and a renewed exploration effort. Starting with the discovery of the Yardarino and Dongara fields in the late 1960’s by WAPET, then the Woodada and Beharra Springs discoveries by Hughes & Hughes and Barrack Energy in the 1980’s and 1990’s, followed by the oily discoveries at Cliff Head, Hovea and Jingemia by Roc Oil, Arc Energy and Origin Energy respectively up to the most recent set of play-opening discoveries in the Kingia ‘Fm’ at Waitsia, West Erregulla and Beharra Springs Deep by AWE, Strike Energy and Beach Energy. Each of these periods of exploration has brought with it it’s own set of paradigms of what appears to work and what doesn’t. Many of these paradigms are based on a strong foundation of hearsay, over-simplification and myth-conception that over time have become ingrained into the way the basin is explored.

From source rocks to stratigraphy and fault traps to the miracle of clays this talk will look at five of these potential myths, exploring what they mean and whether they really are grounded in the truth as we know it today or if the myth has been busted by some of the newer data that has been obtained from the basin.


Ticket Prices:

Member (Early Bird): $69.00

Concession Member [Retired, Graduate or Hardship] (Early Bird): $59.00

Student Member (Early Bird): $39.00

Non-Member: $99.00

Member (Non-Early Bird): $79.00.

Early bird pricing ends Monday  at 5pm (AWST). All ticket sales close at 5pm Tuesday.

Refund Policy: Refunds are only applicable if notified in writing to WA-secretary@pesa.com.au prior to the close of ticket sales.


Thursday, 17 September, 2020
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
(Australia/Perth time)
$39 – $99
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    Pan Pacific Perth
    207 Adelaide Terrace,
    Perth, wa 6000 Australia
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    (08) 9224 7777

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