NOPTA News Issue 06—April 2014

National Offshore Data and Core Repository (NOPDCR) operations

From 1 January 2012, all digital data and petroleum mining samples derived from activities undertaken under the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act (2006) (OPGGSA) must be submitted to NOPTA. As data manager to NOPTA, Geoscience Australia (GA) manages these ‘in-confidence’ items within the NOPDCR, now in operation for over 12 months under the direction of GA, NOPTA and the Geological Survey of Western Australia (GSWA).

All digital well data plus 1/3 of all cores and cuttings as well as all fluids and all survey data and physical assets are managed in the NOPDCR east coast repository (GA’s Canberra repository); whilst 2/3 of all cores and cuttings and all palaeontological thin sections are managed in the NOPDCR west coast repository (GSWA’s Perth Repository).

Once NOPTA authorises the open-file release of data and physical samples, the NOPDCR has responsibility for ongoing management of this data, ensuring that open-file cores, cuttings, fluids, well and survey data and other physical assets are handled in the same way at both east coast and west coast facilities.

For data and physical samples ‘in-confidence’ as of 1 January 2012, NOPTA have defined and published rules for viewing, sampling and export of such data as well as procuring data or physical samples not previously submitted to the NOPDCR.

For data or physical samples deemed open-file at that same date GA will procure all important missing data or physical samples while GSWA will facilitate their viewing or sampling at the west repository on behalf of the NOPDCR.

Requests to view or sample physical samples at either repository should be directed to: ausgeosamples@ga.gov.au.