Hydrocarbon Provinces of Libya: A Petroleum System Study
Hassan S. Hassan, Christopher C. G. Kendall, 2014. "Hydrocarbon Provinces of Libya: A Petroleum System Study", Petroleum Systems of the Tethyan Region, Lisa Marlow, Christopher C. G. Kendall, Lyndon A. Yose
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Libya produces 1.74 million barrels of oil a day. Future exploration and development will increase this amount. The producing sedimentary basins in Libya are the Sirt, Ghadamis, Murzuq, and Tripolitania Basins, collectively containing the country’s major 320 producing oil fields. The total reserves exceed 44 billion barrels of recoverable oil and 37 trillion cubic feet of gas. The Silurian and Upper Cretaceous sections, righ in type II kerogen, form the source rocks for the petroleum and gas in these basins. The petroleum systems of the five major onshore sedimentary basins—Sirt, Murzuq, Kufrah, Ghadamis, and Cyrenaica—and the offshore Tripolitania Basin are described in this paper.
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This volume is intended to generate ideas for the future exploration of immature and mature basins across the Tethyan Region. From the Paleozoic to the Cenozoic, the Arabian Plate, North Africa and parts of Southern Eurasia, were on the margin of a series of Tethys seaways, Proto-Tethys, Paleo-Tethys, and Neo-Tethys. These areas evolved together and as a result they have numerous similarities in their tectono-stratigraphic history and petroleum systems. These similarities could be used to extrapolate proven petroleum systems to underexplored areas and lead to hydrocarbon discoveries. The back cover illustrates the countries that evolved along the Tethyan Region in their present day location. Countries covered in this volume are outlined.