Mines Minister Gordon Hill says potentially rich reserves of oil and gas may exist in the Savory Basin, about 53,000 square kilometres between Newman and Lake Disappointment in Western Australia's Little Sandy Desert.
Mr Hill said work undertaken by the Geological Survey division of the Department of Minerals and Energy indicated that the Savory Basin may once have been connected to the Amadeus Basin in the Northern Territory, where significant reserves of oil and gas had been found.
"The Geological Survey has produced a detailed report on the geology of the area and I am confident it will be of great interest to oil and gas explorers," he said.
"The regular release of carefully researched reports of this nature underscores the valuable work being done by the State Government's Department of Minerals and Energy to support WA's mining and petroleum industries."
Bulletin 141 is accompanied by two geological maps and can be purchased for $54 from the Mining Information Centre, First Floor, Mineral House, 100 Plain street, East Perth or by telephoning (09) 222 3626.