Geochemistry of a palaeo-oil column, Octavius 2, vulcan sub-basin

Simon C. George, Mark Lisk, Peter J. Eadington, Robinson A. Quezada

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Octavius 2 is a plugged and abandoned exploration well in the Vulcan Sub-basin that penetrated water wet sand stones of the Plover Formation. However, the abundance of oil-bearing fluid inclusions determined using the GOI™ technique suggests that the structure once contained an oil column. Geochemical analyses of the oil trapped in these inclusions allowed the source and maturity characteristics of this palaeo-oil column to be determined, thereby providing greater control on the charge history of the trap. Octavius inclusion oil is pristine and rich in aliphatic hydrocarbons. A full range of Cs to C31 hydrocarbons, including n-alkanes, isoprenoids, alkylcyclohexanes, hopanes and aromatic hydrocarbons were detected by off-line selective solvation and on-line crushing techniques. The low molecular weight hydrocarbon distributions also contain highly water soluble compounds, which are likely to be mostly derived from co-occurring aqueous inclusions.Approximate calibrations of alkyl-naphthalene ratios suggest that the Octavius inclusion oil has a maturity in the range 1.0 to 1.3% Vre, compared with 0.85 to 0.9% Vre at Jabiru, and this is corroborated by the methylphenanthrene ratio and by the alkylbiphenylmaturity ratios. Biomarkers are in very low abundance owing to thermal cracking, and anybiologically-influenced aromatic hydrocarbon distributions have been lost. Source parameters for Octavius inclusion oil are similar to those obtained for Skua and Jabiru inclusion oils and for Jurassic sourced crude oils from the Vulcan Sub-basin,indicating a common source. Consequently the higher maturity of the Octavius inclusion oil suggests either that the reservoir was charged late, or that the reservoir accessed higher maturity source intervals.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Sedimentary Basins of Western Australia 2
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia Symposium
EditorsP. G. Purcell, R. R. Purcell
Place of PublicationPerth, WA.
PublisherPetroleum Exploration Society of Australia
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes


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