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Bass Strait Oil Company


Address: Level 1, 99 William Street, Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia

Tel: +61 (3) 9927 3000

Web: http://www.bassoil.com.au

Company description

Bass Strait Oil Company was awarded its first Gippsland Basin permit in 1998 and was listed on the Australian Stock Exchange in 2004 (ASX code: BAS). The Company has a clear exploration focus on the prolific southeast Australia region and is lead by experienced industry professionals. From its Melbourne base, the Company has consistently maintained a hands-on, technically-based focus on the region. It has built a permit portfolio that comprises approximately 14,000 sq km across six offshore and two onshore permits in the productive Gippsland, Bass and Otway Basins.

Products and services

Bass Strait Oil Company’s strategic focus is based on the prospectivity of these productive southeast Australia basins. The drivers for this include; access to prospects of material scale in world-class basins, a database of modern 3D seismic data defining new targets and play types, regional infrastructure and market development, the benefits of Australia’s stable low-cost jurisdiction and the fundamental long-term value of oil and gas resources. Across its permit portfolio, BAS seeks to retain operatorship of its joint ventures (currently 7 of 8 permits) and typically holds large permit interests. This approach tends to optimise the benefits of hands-on operational experience and the control of exploration direction, as well as to maximise the Company’s leverage to potential success. BAS has safely operated the drilling of a total of five offshore wells since 2001 and operated, or participated in, a number of 2D and 3D seismic surveys. Two of the Company’s wells were non-commercial hydrocarbon discoveries: gas at Moby-1 in 2004 and gas/condensate at ZaneGrey-1 in 2005. BAS has also continually invested in seismic data and modern exploration technologies allowing it to assemble an extensive database, including over 7,000 sq km of 3D seismic in the offshore Gippsland Basin. All of this 3D data has been acquired since 2001, adding significant value to the Company’s acreage position and underpinning the Company’s exploration programme

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