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Studies of producing oil pools of the predominantly fluvial to shallow-lacustrine Eromanga Basin in central Australia indicate that capillary seals have a significant control on hydrocarbon occurrence and production. Oil pools sealed by the Callovian Birkhead Formation at the Bodalla South, Jackson, and Gidgealpa fields, and by the Berriasian Murta Formation at the Murteree Ridge fields, are filled to capillary seal capacity. Resultant upward leakage has taken place, filling oil pools higher up.

The major producing reservoir of the Eromanga Basin is the braided flu-vial Hutton Sandstone. The transition from this to the Birkhead Formation seal is marked by...

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