Energy Resources Division prepares research reports on the petroleum and geothermal prospectivity of the State.
Publications available for free download include the Petroleum Geology of South Australia series provides detailed information about the Otway, Cooper, Eromanga and Officer basins.
The Passport to Petroleum and Geothermal Investment Opportunities in South Australia USB provides summary information on prospective basins as well as investment and regulatory frameworks.
In addition, Bulletin 54 – The Geology of South Australia provides a useful overview and can be purchased through the SARIG online shop.
The Geology of South Australia
Bulletin 54 - Volume 1, The Precambrian
The ultimate aim is to stimulate exploration and research, and to provide a sound geological basis for the equitable use of the State's resources.Volume 1 - The Precambrian - describes the geology of the older rocks of South Australia spanning the period from the late Archaean (approximately 2700 million years ago) to the end of the Neoproterozoic at 540 Ma.
Rocks of this age contain most of the State's metallic mineral deposits, and are currently the focus of intense exploration, largely as a result of the South Australian Exploration Initiative.
The major geological provinces of interest are the Gawler Craton in the centre of the State, Musgrave Block and part of the Officer Basin in the northwest, Coompana Block in the southwest, Curnamona Craton including the Willyama Inliers in the northeast, Adelaide Geosyncline in the eastern third of the State, and basement inliers in the latter.
Bulletin 54 - Volume 2, The Phanerozoic
The ultimate aim is to stimulate exploration and research, and to provide a sound geological basis for the equitable use of the State's resources. Volume 2 - The Phanerozoic - describes the geology of the State from 540 million years ago to the present day.
Rocks dating from this time in Earth history contain most of the State's oil and gas reserves, as well as a variety of industrial and extractive minerals, gemstones such as opal and diamonds, groundwater, and some metallic mineral resources.
The volume also discusses geology in relation to the modern environment, covering topics such as groundwater contamination and land salinisation, geological hazards, and mining and the environment.
General publications of interest
- Early Palaeozoic petroleum reservoirs in Chinese basins and possible analogues (PDF 1.73MB)
Comparison between Chinese and South Australian Basins, X Sun 2001
- Correlation within early Palaeozoic basins of eastern South Australia (PDF 1.60MB)
JB Jago, Xiaowen Sun and Wen-long Zang, 2002
Regulatory Philosophy Publications
- Michael Malavazos' article, The South Australian Petroleum Act 2000 - principles and philosophy of best practice regulation (PDF 370KB)
- The role of government in technical regulation: 'finding the right balance' given at the Australian Pipeline Industry Association Seminar in May 2003:
- Michael Malavazos' thesis, A Model for Environmental, Health and Safety Regulation for the Mining and Upstream Petroleum Industries (PDF 360KB)
- Development of a Compliance Policy for the Petroleum Act 2000 (PDF 451KB)
Outlines the principles used as a guide to the development and implementation of Department of State Development's compliance policy and discusses enforcement tools available to obtain compliance.
- Goal Attainment Scaling: Environmental Impact Evaluation in the Upstream Petroleum Industry (PDF 194 KB)
- Goal attainment scaling: A Performance Evaluation Tool for Assessing the Achievement of Environmental Goals (PDF 178KB)
Paper presented at the Minerals Council of Australia 20th Annual Environmental Workshop in Darwin, October 2005 where GAS was introduced to the Broader industry.
- Goal Attainment Scaling: A Tool for Evaluating Pipeline Environmental Performance (PDF 993KB)
Discusses the application of GAS to assess pipeline easement rehabilitation.
For more information, contact:
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GPO Box 320
ADELAIDE SA 5001
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