Examples of Recently Discovered Oil and Gas Fields in the Carpathian Foredeep and in the European Foreland Plate underneath the Carpathian Thrust Belt, Czech Republic
Petr Kostelníček, Vladimír Ciprys, Jiří Berka, 2006. "Examples of Recently Discovered Oil and Gas Fields in the Carpathian Foredeep and in the European Foreland Plate underneath the Carpathian Thrust Belt, Czech Republic", The Carpathians and Their Foreland: Geology and Hydrocarbon Resources, Jan Golonka, Frank J. Picha
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Several oil and gas fields have been discovered recently in the Neogene foredeep, in the European foreland plate, which underlies the foredeep and the thin-skinned Carpathian thrust belt. The fields are reservoired in the Neogene strata of the foredeep plate and in the crystalline basement rocks and the Jurassic, Paleogene, and Neogene strata of the European platform. The most significant accumulations of hydrocarbons in the subthrust plate have been found in the erosional relicts (buried hills) of the Jurassic rocks on the northern side of the Nesvacilka graben and paleovalley and in the fractured and weathered surface of the Precambrian granite massifs of the Chriby and Zdanice elevations. The thickness of the saturated parts of these reservoirs typically ranges from several tenths of a meter to as much as 200 m (660 ft). The geological reserves of the discovered fields are in a range of hundreds of thousands to a few million cubic meters (less than 1 million bbl to several million barrels) of crude oil and hundreds of millions to billions of cubic meters (several to tens of billions cubic feet) of gas. They represent a significant economical potential for petroleum companies operating in the territory of the Czech Republic.
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This volume of 30 chapters authored by 107 geologists and geophysicists from Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and the USA provides a comprehensive and understandable account of geology and hydrocarbon resources of the entire Carpathian system from northeastern Austria to southern Romania, including the Neogene foredeep, the foreland platform both in front and beneath the thrust belt, the Carpathian thrust belt, and the late and post orogenic intermontane basins. Principal chapters on regional geology are supplemented by thematic contributions on geodynamic reconstructions, regional geophysical investigations, hydrocarbon systems, and case studies of major oil and gas fields. To date, close to 7 billion barrels of oil and more than 53 trillion cubic feet of natural gas have been produced from the entire Carpathian system. Additional new reserves may be found, especially at deeper structural levels below the Neogene foredeep and the thin-skinned Carpathian thrust belt. Seventeen chapters of Memoir 84 have been printed in full. The remaining chapters have been printed as abstracts only, with the full paper for all 30 chapters as .pdf files on the CD-ROM in the back of this publication. The publication is intended as a source of information to schools, governmental and private institutions, oil companies, and potential investors.