Late Miocene-Early Pliocene Matemateaonga Formation in eastern Taranaki Peninsula: A new 1:50,000 geological map and stratigraphic framework
Vonk, A. J. & Kamp, P. J. J. (2004). Late Miocene-Early Pliocene Matemateaonga Formation in eastern Taranaki Peninsula: A new 1:50,000 geological map and stratigraphic framework. In Proceedings of New Zealand Petroleum Conference 2004, 7 – 10 March, Crown Minerals, Ministry of Economic Development, Wellington.
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In recent years the Matemateaonga Formation has become an additional exploration play in Taranaki Basin. Exploration interest has been stimulated by the success of Swift Energy Company in the Rimu/Kauri prospect (38719), located near south Taranaki Coast. At this location, sandstone lithofacies, commonly termed “Manutahi Sandstone” in the lower parts of the Matemateaonga Formation have been intersected by the Kauri-A2 and Kauri-A3 wells at depths of ~1100-1200 m and are yielding commercial quantities of oil. As part of a FRST-funded sedimentary basins research programme, we have geologically mapped in detail Matemateaonga Formation within an 1800 km2 area of the eastern peninsula region (Fig. 1), incorporating license areas 38739, 38718, 38753, 38138, 38139, 38141, 38140, 38716, 38758, 38728 and 38760. Mapping at 1:50,000 scale has revealed an ~1100 m-thick succession of cyclothemic, unconformity bounded shelfal strata of Late Miocene-Early Pliocene (Late Kapitean to Early Opoitian) age (c.5.5-4.7 Ma). This succession formed as a result of the interplay between climatically-driven 6th-order (41 k.y.) eustatic sea-level changes, high rates of basin subsidence and a substantial southerly-derived sediment flux. Individual sequences or groups of sequences are the fundamental mapping entities. The mapping area sits astride the southward-plunging Whangamomona Anticline, which has deformed the Late Neogene succession, producing a regional dip on its western flank of 2 to 4 degrees to the southwest. Northeast-southwest trending normal faults are relatively common and offset Matemateaonga Formation strata with throws of 2-50 m. This improved knowledge of Matemateaonga Formation stratigraphy enhances the understanding of the distribution and geometry of potential reservoir sandstone units and associated mudstone seal units in the region.
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This article has been published in Proceedings of New Zealand Petroleum Conference 2004, 7 – 10 March. © 2004 A. J. Vonk & P. J. J. Kamp.