GSWA actively assesses and promotes the prospectivity of oil, gas, shale and tight gas, and geothermal energy in the sedimentary basins of Western Australia. The main focus is to develop regional geological frameworks of different onshore and nearshore tectonic units. The assessment is based on interpretation of existing and newly supplemented data on geology, geophysics, geochemistry, and temperature. GSWA is currently focused on the Neoproterozoic – Paleozoic Amadeus and Paleozoic Canning Basins which are vastly underexplored with proven petroleum systems, and on the geothermal energy potential of Western Australia. GSWA has been progressively assessing and reporting on the Carnarvon, Canning, Officer, and Perth Basins to promote conventional and unconventional petroleum, coal, carbon storage and geothermal energy exploration and production in Western Australia.
The annual Petroleum and Geothermal Open Day is hosted jointly by the Petroleum Division and the Geological Survey Division. The day provides the Department with the opportunity to update industry on developments, provide feedback to stakeholders, and discuss trends for the future.