Abstract

A geochemical study of 34 oil samples was conducted to understand the types and distributions of effective source rocks and evaluate the geographic extent of the petroleum systems in the Barents Sea and northern Timan-Pechora Basin. Taxon-specific, age-related, and source-related biological markers (biomarkers) and isotope data provided information on the depositional environment of the source rock, source input, and source age of the oil samples. A relationship between biomarker and diamondoid concentration was used to identify mixed oils having both oil window and highly cracked components. Compound-specific isotope analyses of diamondoids and n-alkanes were used to deconvolute cosourced oils and identify deep source rocks in the basin. Results suggest five major source rocks in the Barents Sea and the northern Timan-Pechora Basin: Upper Jurassic shale, Lower–Middle Jurassic shale, Triassic carbonate and shale, Devonian marl, and Devonian carbonate. The Upper and Lower–Middle Jurassic source rocks are dominant in the Barents Sea. Triassic source rock consists of carbonate in the onshore part of northern Timan-Pechora Basin and marine shale in the Barents Sea. The Devonian Domanik Formation carbonate source rock extends offshore into the southern Barents Sea. The high-maturity Domanik Formation could also be a secondary source rock for most of the mixed oils in the northern Timan-Pechora Basin. This detailed geochemical study provides a new and detailed understanding of petroleum systems in the Barents Sea and northern Timan-Pechora Basin.

You do not currently have access to this article.