West Barracouta is a producing conventional gas field located in shallow water in Australia and is operated by Esso Australia Resources. The field is located in block VIC/L1 and VIC/L2, with water depth of 148 feet.

Field participation details

The field is owned by BHP and Exxon Mobil.

Production from West Barracouta

The West Barracouta conventional gas field recovered 8.86% of its total recoverable reserves, with peak production expected in 2022. The peak production was approximately 1.04 thousand bpd of crude oil and condensate and 104 Mmcfd of natural gas. Based on economic assumptions, production will continue until the field reaches its economic limit in 2035.

Remaining recoverable reserves

The field is expected to recover 44.89 Mmboe, comprised of 2.64 Mmbbl of crude oil & condensate and 253.54 bcf of natural gas reserves. West Barracouta conventional gas field reserves accounts 0.02% of total remaining reserves of producing conventional gas fields globally.

About Esso Australia Resources

Esso Australia Resources Pty Ltd (Esso Australia) is an oil and gas exploration company. The company provides oil and gas exploration, development, and production services. It operates in the exploration and production of oil and gas, petroleum refining and supply of fuels including natural gas. It also develops projects such as the Kipper, Tuna and Turrum oil and gas reservoirs. The company has oil and gas exploration operations throughout the country. The company operates as a subsidiary of Exxonmobil Australia Pty Ltd. Esso Australia is headquartered in Melbourne, Australia.


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