Taranaki Basin

GNS Science offers a wide range of technical reports and data for the Taranaki Basin. These can be purchased individually or as a data package set.

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Taranaki Basin products include:

Atlas of Petroleum Prospectivity - NW Province

Arnot, M.J. & Bland, K.J. et al. (Compilers). 2016. Atlas of Petroleum Prospectivity, Northwest Province: ArcGIS geodatabase and technical report, GNS Science Data Series 23b 34 p. + 1 ArcGIS geodatabase + 5 ArcGIS projects.

APP NW province

The "Atlas of Petroleum Prospectivity" (APP), being led by GNS Science, is a 4-year New Zealand Government-funded research programme (October 2014–September 2018). Its broad-scale objective is to synthesise the wealth of existing and new data, information, and knowledge within GNS Science, supplemented by other open-file sources, into a nationally significant baseline reference GIS-based dataset that summarises in one place, for the first time, the current understanding of our geologically complex offshore petroleum basins.

The APP programme is delivering a series of digital maps of all key petroleum systems elements in NZ’s offshore sedimentary basins. Map layers being developed include total sediment thickness, paleogeography, source and reservoir rock distribution, source rock maturity, and other salient information. The programme has adopted a "common risk segment" approach to delineate areas of highest prospectivity, and identify areas with poor data control or availability. To achieve a phased delivery of programme outputs, we have subdivided New Zealand’s offshore territory into a series of geographically based "provinces". The NW province (Reinga-Northland, Deepwater Taranaki, and Taranaki basins) is the first area to be released. 

Thumbnail image of a a taranaki basin depth grid from DS12b
Time structure and isochron maps from the southern Taranaki Basin (4D Taranaki Project). 

Bull, S., Hill, M.G., Arnot, M., Seebeck, H., Kroeger, K., Zhu, H. Reilly, C. 2015. GNS Science Data Series 12B.

Fifteen seismic horizons have been mapped in the southern Taranaki Basin as part of the 4D Taranaki seismic mapping project. Modelled outputs (grids, t-surfaces) of the mapping are provided in two-way travel time (in ascii formats: zmap, t-surface) along with the table of well markers used to calibrate modelling at a selection of well locations.

This data series accompanies GNS Data Series 12c (Bull et al., 2015), which contains the modelled outputs for southern Taranaki Basin in depth. Collectively, these data provide a more detailed overview of the structural evolution and depositional history of the southern Taranaki Basin than has previous existed.

Deepwater Taranaki - Northland/Reinga Basin Screening

Deepwater Taranaki - Northland/Reinga Basin Screening outputs

This report presents the geological setting and exploration history of the Deepwater Taranaki and Northland/Reinga basins, including an integrated assessment of new regional-scale seismic mapping with results from wells and regional geology. This 85 page report reviews the active petroleum systems in these basins; common risk segment maps are presented and petroleum prospectivity is assessed using a combination of 1D and multi-1D generation, and raypath migration basin models.

Included with the report is a GIS project that compiles all the available map data from the petroleum prospectivity evaluation of the Deepwater Taranaki and Northland/Reinga basins.

To learn more about the reports, GIS maps and purchasing information please download the flyer below.

Tasman Frontier Petroleum Prospectivity Study

Study area for the Tasmin Frontier Petroleum Prospectivity Study

Study area for the Tasmin Frontier Petroleum Prospectivity Study

GNS Science offer petroleum prospectivity screening reports for several basins in New Zealand and Tasman Frontier region.This report presents the geological and petroleum prospectivity evaluation of the Tasman Frontier, a vast 2 million s q. km submerged continent that hosts lightly explored and completely unexplored sedimentary basins. The Tasman Frontier shares a common geological origin with the Taranaki Basin of New Zealand and the Gippsland Basin, where petroleum production is established.

The study draws on:

• Tasman Frontier Database released in 2012 that includes over 100,000 line km of 2D seismic

• Gravity and magnetic data

• New data released in 2012 (Deepwater Taranaki)

• Vintage data (tiff­ format) converted to segy

• New Zealand released petroleum wells

• DSDP wells

For output and purchasing information please download the flyer below.

Taranaki Basin Digital Petroleum Atlas ArcGIS Database

King, P.R., Thrasher, G.P., Cook, R.A. 1995.
NZ$1,500; Digitally remastered electronic format and ARC Database (DVD), 2010.

Taranaki Basin Digital Atlas

Digital version of the 1995 hardcopy report covering the regional interpretation of the petroleum geology of the entire Taranaki Basin, which is still New Zealand’s only producing petroleum province.

Comprises 50 GIS maps at a scale of 1:500.000, with accompanying PDF files containing concise explanatory text.

Maps are compiled from evaluation of a regional grid of seismic reflection data calibrated with biostratigraphic, well-log and lithological data from over 60 exploration wells.

The atlas contains:

  • Subsurface structure and isopach maps – including digital contour and fault data
  • Structural cross sections – including palinspastic restorations
  • Paleogeography and basin physiography maps
  • Prospectivity maps – source, reservoir and exploration potential, play concepts
  • ARC GIS database

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An ArcReader version is also available.

New Zealand Stratlink - Interactive Basin Chronostratigraphic Transects.

King, P. R, Boyes, A. F., et al. 2010

FREE in the New Zealand Petroleum Basin Explorer (PBE)

A digitally remastered, full colour version of the Folio 1: Cretaceous to recent Sedimentary Patterns in New Zealand. Each transect is provided as an individual PDF document, with built-in interactive links. The original chronostratigraphy in each basin has been updated to the New Zealand Geological Timescale 2010/1 with the use of Time Scale Creator software.

Within each transect there are also internal clickable links to measured sections, selected well summary sheets (displaying lithological and stratigraphic information with links to well header data), and brief formation descriptions (with external links to the New Zealand Stratigraphic lexicon).

Depth to Two-way-time Calibrations, Taranaki Basin.

Juniper, Z., Zhu, H., et al. 2010

FREE in the New Zealand Petroleum Basin Explorer (PBE)

GNS Science has prepared a data-pack of well depth-TWT calibrations for 42 offshore Taranaki wells and 10 Onshore Taranaki Wells, compiled from Crown Minerals open-file data available in Petroleum Reports (PRs). This product presents an inventory of the digital data, and an overview of the procedures and methodology used to develop the well depth-TWT calibrations.

The digital data-pack comprises well location data, raw and corrected checkshot data, raw and edited sonic and density logs (LAS format), acoustic Impedance logs (LAS format), depth-TWT conversion values and summary PDF plots and QC sheets for each well.

Offshore Taranaki Seismic Sequence Stratigraphy

Bland, K.J. & Strogen, D. P., 2012

FREE in the New Zealand Petroleum Basin Explorer (PBE)

This product presents sequence stratigraphic, and some seismic facies and structural interpretation on five composite seismic lines, using precursor regional-scale seismic horizon mapping undertaken by GNS Science. The seismic transects have been interpreted to illustrate the depositional and structural architecture of Taranaki Basin. Three NW–SE-trending “dip-lines” depict the sub-sea geology beneath the modern continental shelf and slope. Tying these dip-lines together are two broadly SW–NE-trending “strike-lines”, which roughly parallel the modern coastline.

All transects have been presented in three ways within a single Adobe PDF. Firstly, an un-interpreted panel is shown to provide a frame of reference for the following interpretations. The second panel depicts the interpreted distribution of a series of regionally extensive seismic horizons and the strata that they encapsulate. The third panel provides a generalised interpretation of sequence boundaries, channels, and packages of turbidites/basin-floor fans, mass transport deposits (MTDs) and progradational wedges. On some profiles volcanic edifices have been highlighted.

New Zealand Petrophysical Atlas, Taranaki

Lawrence, M.J.F., et al. 2012.

FREE in the New Zealand Petroleum Basin Explorer (PBE)

The work scope comprised wireline log evaluation of a number of exploration wells over petroleum basins in NZ to develop a consistent framework for assessing petrophysical parameters and rock properties of New Zealand reservoir and seal rock intervals. Work is focused on deriving standardised practices for the New Zealand setting which are detailed in the Methodology document.

Eleven Taranaki wells are included in this product, each containing well summary data, summary plots and standardised set of log curves and associated ASCII data.

CONOP (Constrained Optimisation) Correlation of the Taranaki Basin

Crampton, J., et al. 2012

FREE in the New Zealand Petroleum Basin Explorer (PBE)

This report presents the results of a quantitative stratigraphic analysis of 20 hydrocarbon exploration and appraisal wells distributed through the offshore Taranaki Basin. The analysis uses the method of constrained optimization (CONOP) to find the optimal order and spacing - the composite section - of an initial dataset comprising 1376 vetted and quality-checked biostratigraphic events (from 2829 paleontological samples), 18 seismic horizons, and 30 lithostratigraphic unit tops. The composite section has been age-calibrated using 50 approximately dated biostratigraphic events. It is used to derive high-resolution age-depth plots for each well and refined correlations between wells. The composite section, comprising 905 events, the projected positions of all events in all wells, and their modelled ages, are presented in digital form as a tool that can be used to answer specific questions relating to well correlation and dating.

Updated Paleogeographic maps of the Taranaki Basin and surrounds. 

Image from updated Taranaki Paleogeographical maps

Strogen. D., (compiler) 2011

GNS Science Data Series Number 005a,b
NZ$200 CD; ARC Reader (CD) format

As part of the facies characterisation objective of the 4D Taranaki (4DT) Project, a regional reassessment of the paleogeographic evolution of the Taranaki Basin and surrounding areas has produced a set of 31 maps spanning the Late Cretaceous to present day, which expand on those from previous studies and incorporates significant new data. These maps capture the most important aspects of the tectonic and sedimentary evolution of the Taranaki Basin, and form the basis for ongoing detailed paleofacies mapping and basin modelling studies.

 Reservoirs of the Taranaki Basin, New Zealand

Higgs,K. et al. 2012.
FREE in the New Zealand Petroleum Basin Explorer (PBE)

Reservoir Quality in the Taranaki Basin, NZ

This product has been developed to provide an introduction to reservoirs and reservoir quality within the Taranaki Basin, New Zealand. It comprises a wealth of information from available conventional cores, side wall cores (SWC), cuttings, and key outcrop sections. It can be used as both an illustrative guide and a database, comprising the following main elements:

  • general well information with links to key sections of well completion reports (130 wells);
  •  summary wireline log profiles by formation (over 110 wells);
  • database of conventional core plug and SWC plug descriptions (over 100 wells);
  •  database of conventional core analysis data (over 100 wells);
  • database of special core analysis data (over 40 wells);
  • database of published and new grain size data (over 100 wells, 4 key outcrops, approx. 1200 data points);
  • database of published and new thin section mineralogical data (over 90 wells, 4 key outcrops, approx, 500 data points);
  • database of new QEMSCAN data (over 75 wells, approx. 300 data points)
  •  summary statistics of porosity, permeability, and grain size by well and formation;
  •  data plots and illustrative figures;
  •  representative photomicrographs of various Taranaki reservoirs (over 100 wells);
  •  summary of reservoir quality by formation.

 New Zealand Petroleum Geochemistry Databases

Sykes, R. et al. 2012.
FREE in the New Zealand Petroleum Basin Explorer (PBE)

Geochemical database

Five new geochemical databases covering the fingerprinting of oils, gases, gas condensates, oil shows and source rock extracts from the Taranaki and other New Zealand Basins, with an assessment of quality, maturity and genetic groupings. Each Database comprises a compilation of the results of a brad suite of analyses acquired under consistent analytical conditions.

The accompanying report provides a robust interpretive framework from which an improved understanding of genetic families, oil quality and maturity can be utilised to better constrain charge histories, migration pathways and prediction of oil quality in New Zealand's basins.

NZ Petroleum PVT Database: An Excel database of all open-file PVT (pressure-volume-temperature) data contained in New Zealand Petroleum & Minerals’ Petroleum Report archive.

NZ Oils Geochemistry Database: An Excel database of biomarker, other hydrocarbon, and stable carbon isotope analytical data and derived parameters for 139 New Zealand oils and gas condensates, together with their assigned oil families and calibrated maturities.

NZ Oil Shows Database: A new Excel database of biomarker, other hydrocarbon, and stable carbon isotope analytical data and derived parameters for 100 Taranaki oil show samples, together with their assigned oil families and calibrated maturities.

NZ Petroleum Isotope Database: A new Excel database of compound-specific carbon and hydrogen isotope data for 113 New Zealand petroleum samples (oils, gas condensates and gases) and 66 source rock extracts (carbon data only). The data are for both normal alkanes (n-alkanes) and selected acyclic isoprenoids.

NZ Source Rock Extracts Database: A new Excel database providing biomarker, other hydrocarbon, and stable carbon isotope analytical data and derived parameters for 152 solvent extracts of organic-rich rocks from most of the major source rock formations in New Zealand basins.

Middle to Late Eocene Stratigraphy, Taranaki Basin, New Zealand

 A catalogue integrating biostratigraphy, sedimentology, geochemistry & log data over the NW-SE trending Mangahewa Formation fairway
Higgs, K. et al. 2009.
FREE in the New Zealand Petroleum Basin Explorer (PBE)

Middle to Late Eocene

Most of the currently producing petroleum reserves in the Taranaki Basin are contained within a broadly NE-SW trending fairway of Paleocene- to Eocene-aged sandstones. This study is focused on better understanding the evolving depositional environment for the Middle to Late Eocene succession within the Taranaki Basin. Phase 1 of the study was completed in August 2006, which examined trends along a NW-SE oriented transect line (8 wells) cutting perpendicular to the interpreted paleoshoreline. Phase 2 was completed in 2010, the region investigated was extended to the north and south, with a total of 35 wells included in the study (27 new wells plus the 8 wells from phase 1).

The catalogue provides an interdisciplinary illustrative guide to the Mangahewa Formation. However, it is focused on developing a better stratigraphic and depositional model. An attempt has been made to correlate the Middle to Late Eocene deposits by integrating biostratigraphic ages and coal sulphur data (where available) with paleoenvironments from miospores, dinoflagellates and foraminifera, a sedimentological study of available cores, and wireline logs.

Mudstone Database, Eastern Margin, Taranaki Basin

Higgs, K., Browne, G., Pollock, R. 2005

FREE in the New Zealand Petroleum Basin Explorer (PBE)

Outcrop and subsurface data from a range of stratigraphic intervals.

Mudstone Database

A seal properties database of mudstone lithologies along the eastern margin of the Taranaki Basin has been compiled by GNS Science from a range of open-file reports, student theses and publications.

Data include:

  • Mercury injection capillary pressure
  • X-ray diffraction from whole-rock and clay-fraction
  • Thin section descriptions
  • SEM/TEM photomicrographs
  • Trace and major elements analysis
  • Slake durability tests
  • Calcimetry

Biostratigraphic Reassessment (Foraminifera and Dinoflagellates) of Key Western Platform Wells

Strong, C.P.. and Wilson, G, 2002
FREE in the New Zealand Petroleum Basin Explorer (PBE)

This report provides a biostratigraphic and paleoenvironmental reassessment of eight key openfile wells tied to regional seismic lines in the deepwater Taranaki Basin.

  • Biostratigraphic reassesment
    Internally consistent dataset using modern criteria
  • Foraminifera and dinoflagellates described with miospores and pollen
  • Refinement and revision of previous interpretations
  • Text report including stage-by-stage evaluation of biostratigraphy
  • Sample summary spreadsheets in stratigraphic order
  • Graphical synopsis of key biostratigraphic data for each well
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