A significant portion of the WA-523-P exploration permit remained in Australian waters following the maritime boundary change between Australia and Timor-Leste in 2019.
Carnarvon continued its technical analysis during the year to identify additional exploration potential within the permit. The work to date has been very promising with mapping of the existing seismic identifying numerous prospects and leads.
The standout prospect is Angus, which is a dual stacked Jurassic and Triassic structure. The Triassic structure is almost 70 square kilometres in area and with the overlying Jurassic, it could be a very significant oil discovery in the region. Within WA523-P there are several follow-up drilling targets at Jurassic and Triassic levels. WA-523-P is an excellent exploration block as it is within the known Jurassic petroleum system, likely to be oil bearing rather than gas, with excellent reservoir rocks. The upside in the permit is the unproven and undrilled Upper Triassic interval, well known onshore Timor-Leste to be the source for many of the known oil seeps. A discovery within the Triassic interval would open up a new petroleum province in the region and could have a significant effect on Carnarvon’s exploration portfolio in this region.