The Surprise Oil Field is a single-well development producing oil into a small tank farm located on the site. The production process involves pumping fluid to surface where it is separated into its oil, water and gas components before storage and trucking of the oil.
The field commenced production in March 2014, producing approximately 87,000 barrels of oil to 30 June 2015. Production averaged 85 bopd in mid-2015.
Low oil prices and the remoteness of the field led to the decision to temporarily shut-in oil production from August 2015. Production could re-commence if oil prices recover significantly in $A terms and the well has displayed good re-charge.