ConocoPhillips Australia


The Caldita-Barossa assets are within the Bonaparte Basin, located in the Timor Sea approximately 270 kilometres north-northwest of the Northern Territory. We are the operator and hold a 37.5% interest in permits NTRL5 and NTRL6, with co-venturers are SK E&S an affiliate of Korean conglomerate SK Group (37.5%) and Santos (25%).

The 2015 appraisal drilling program saw three wells drilled in the NTRL5 permit area. Results from two of the appraisal wells were in line with our expectations, with one well at the higher end of the expected range. A new 3D seismic acquisition program was completed over both permits in 2016.  A further appraisal well, Barossa-5, is currently being drilled in NTRL5 and a second well may follow. These results will better inform us of the size and quality of the field.

Early engineering work currently being undertaken and evaluation of the latest appraisal drilling results will enable us to determine the next stage of potential development.

If you have a query about the drilling program, please do not hesitate to contact us by emailing


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