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Petroleum Geology and Prospectivity of the Russian Chukchi Sea

Petroleum Geology and Prospectivity of the Russian Chukchi Sea

Hydrocarbons are thought likely to be widely developed across the Chukchi Sea. No deep exploration wells have been drilled in the Russian sector of the Chukchi Sea, but its geology is known from a moderately-spaced grid of regional seismic lines, correlated with wells drilled on the US sector of the Sea and in Northern Alaska. Much of the structure and stratigraphy of the Russian sector is directly comparable to that of the prolific North Slope Province of Alaska.

This report is intended to provide a comprehensive introduction to the geology and hydrocarbon prospectivity of the Russian sector of the Chukchi Sea.

Part I reviews the general geological development of the Chukchi Sea and surrounding areas. Section I.1 provides a brief description of the geography and climate of the region. Section I.2 describes the various models for the tectonic development of the area since the Precambrian, concentrating on the Late Palaeozoic to Cenozoic period when the main prospective basins were forming. Section I.3 describes in some detail the known and inferred stratigraphy of the main areas of the Chukchi Sea shelf, with reference to Northern Alaska.

Part II of the report considers the petroleum geology of the Chukchi Sea, reviewing the elements of potential petroleum systems in each of the basins.

The report includes palinspastic reconstructions, illustrative seismic lines and large-format enclosures. All maps are georeferenced and are available in ArcGIS format.

This report is available now at a cost of US $20,000. For further details, please contact Dr Graham Blackbourn.

Files available to download and/or print:

List of Contents (pdf 34 kB)Chukchi Sea Report Flier (pdf 450 kB)Regional Structure & Location Map (Enclosure 1) (pdf 2,174 kB)chukchi-sea-figure-2.pdf (pdf 547 kB)