We are extremely pleased to announce that our recent Bedout Sub-basin core workshop was the highest attended core workshop in MGPalaeo’s history, with 46 participants from all over Australia and overseas joining us on our journey through the Lower Keraudren Formation. This much interest in the Bedout Sub-basin meant it was impossible to fit everyone in on the same day, so we had to run the workshop three times! That’s certainly a first for us!

MGPalaeo was lucky enough to be the first company to run a workshop showcasing the sedimentology and palynology of the recently released Roc 2 well, located near to the staggering oil discovery in Dorado 1. To make sure we took full advantage of this opportunity, we incorporated cores from Phoenix 1, Phoenix 2 and Bruce 1 at the same time, as these are the only wells containing core over the Middle Triassic in this area.

MGPalaeo's Bedout Sub-basin core workshop

The nearly 120m of Roc 2 cores were clearly the highlight of the workshop, with some people coming back to have a look at it for a second time. Detailed examination and integration of the sedimentology and palynology produced many surprises and unexpected variations in depositional environments over short intervals. With the integration of sedimentological structures, ichnology and palynology, we were able to differentiate small changes in delta morphologies affecting reservoir quality and TOC content. The cores in Phoenix 1, Phoenix 2 and Bruce 1 were a little bit easier to ‘digest’ with fewer variations in depositional environments. Even so, significant alternative interpretations were presented, taking us from delta top to delta front environments.

It was also the first core workshop where we had a namesake for one of our participants; a short, and in parts quite coarse (in a sedimentology kind of way) get-together that was only interrupted by the occasional fault zone!

We are always looking at how we can improve our workshops, so we were delighted to receive very positive feedback for this one, with the highlight noted as being the integration of sedimentology and palynology. Combining these two disciplines certainly helps create more accurate geological models, and it is something we will keep working on integrating for future workshops.

MGPalaeo's Bedout Sub-basin core workshop

MGPalaeo would like to thank all our participants for attending and contributing to our core workshop, and for making it the success it was. We couldn’t have done it without your involvement. We had a great time in the core store sharing our knowledge and listening to alternative ideas, so thank you for joining us on our journey through the Bedout Sub-basin.

MGPalaeo would also like to thank the members of the DMIRS core store staff, especially Paul Stephenson, for their assistance and support in allowing this workshop to happen.

We have more core workshops planned for this year and next, so don’t forget to sign up to our newsletter and receive the announcements first. We also have a range of core workshops available for company internal training that we run on request. And finally, both our comprehensive palynological study and our integrated core study of the Bedout Sub-basin now incorporate Roc-2 data, so please contact us for more information.

See you in the core store!