The Surprise Oil Field comprises a single development well producing into a small tank farm located on the site. The production process involves pumping fluid to surface where it is separated into oil, water and gas, before storage and eventual trucking of the oil to market.
The field commenced production in March 2014 and produced approximately 87,000 barrels of oil to 30 June 2015. Low oil prices and the remoteness of the field led to the decision to shut-in oil production from August 2015. Production could recommence if oil prices recover significantly in $A terms and the reservoir displays good recharge.