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dc.contributor.authorTorghabeh, A.
dc.contributor.authorRezaee, M. Reza
dc.contributor.authorMoussavi-Harami, R.
dc.contributor.authorPimentel, N.
dc.identifier.citationTorghabeh, A. and Rezaee, M.R. and Moussavi-Harami, R. and Pimentel, N. 2014. Unconventional resource evaluation: Kockatea shale, Perth basin, Western Australia. International Journal of Oil Gas and Coal Technology. 8 (1): pp. 16-30.

Organic-rich shales occur in the Kockatea Shale Formation, Permo-Triassic of the Perth Basin (Western Australia) and have been investigated to characterise it as a potential shale gas unit. Classic sedimentological investigation methods, including core descriptions and thin section microscopy, were coupled with standardised organic geochemical analysis procedures, such as TOC determination and Rock-Eval pyrolysis, as well as maceral composition analysis and vitrinite reflectance (Ro) measurements. The Kockatea sediments show a trend of increasing maturity from north to south, with Ro values ranging from 0.6 to 2%, pointing to a thermal maturity between the wet and dry thermogenic gas window. The organic matter is a mixed Type II/III kerogen and hydrogen index (HI) values range from 0.1 to 662 mg HC/g rock, with total organic carbon (TOC) contents between 0.02 and 12.64 wt% and an average formation thickness of 337 m. These interdisciplinary data and methods point to a good potential of the Kockatea Shale Formation for shale gas exploration in Western Australia.

dc.publisherInder Science Publishers
dc.titleUnconventional resource evaluation: Kockatea shale, Perth basin, Western Australia
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.titleInternational Journal of Oil Gas and Coal Technology
curtin.departmentDepartment of Petroleum Engineering
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