Cooper/Eromanga Basins, onshore central Australia in south-west Queensland, approximately 1,050 kilometres west of Brisbane.
Interests vary across the different blocks as a result of historical farm-out activity. Santos is operator for all blocks with an average interest of approximately 60%.
Santos – 47.8-75% (operator)
Delhi – various
Origin – various
Commercial oil was discovered in the Jackson field in 1981.
Trucked oil production commenced in 1981.
The Jackson-Moonie pipeline opened in 1984.
Cost to Develop
Total investment to date is approximately A$452 million.
The Jackson facility accepts production from approximately 30 oil fields containing about 150 oil wells through approximately 250 kilometres of pipelines and flowlines. Produced oil is dewatered and sent to the Moomba facility via the 273-kilometre, eight-inch Jackson-Moomba pipeline and then onto the Port Bonython hydrocarbon processing plant near Whyalla.
The Jackson facility acts as the central collection and storage facility for several outlying satellite gathering areas such as Tarbat, Nockatunga and Naccowlah, as well as for the local Jackson and Jackson South oil fields.
The fields originally contained over 360 million barrels of oil in place of which about 110 million barrels will ultimately be recovered. To date about 100 million barrels have been produced.
The central facility comprises:
- oil processing inlet separators, dewatering tanks, evaporation ponds and skimming ponds
- electrical power generation and distribution to field artificial lift equipment
- oil storage (two tanks, 63,000 barrels total)
- shipping pumps.
Water is provided by bores and a reverse osmosis plant, and 5.9MW electricity generation capacity is on site.