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Greenland petroleum exploration: history, breakthroughs in understanding and future challenges

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F. G. Christiansen
F. G. Christiansen
Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS), Øster Voldgade 10, DK-1350 Copenhagen K, Denmark (e-mail: fgc@geus.dk)
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Published:
January 01, 2011

Abstract

In recent years there has been a growing interest from the industry for exploration in the Arctic and other high-latitude areas, including possible future petroleum provinces in Greenland. Exploration focus in Greenland has mainly been on central west Greenland with several licensing rounds and, as a promising result, the highest number of licences ever seen in Greenland. Activities in the coming years are likely to be directed more towards Baffin Bay and to the NE Greenland shelf. Both of these regions offer very promising exploration targets but also major technical challenges due to many months of ice coverage every year. Preparations for new exploration, data acquisition and geological and geophysical work are in progress in these two regions. Both of the regions benefit from excellent outcrops in the neighbouring onshore areas and a rapidly increasing geophysical database offshore. The history behind data acquisition and the most important results and models for exploration in some of the possible future petroleum provinces are described with particular focus on positive indications for structures and petroleum systems together with uncertainties in interpretation and the most critical risks for exploration.

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Geological Society, London, Memoirs

Arctic Petroleum Geology

Anthony M. Spencer
Anthony M. Spencer
Statoil, Norway
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Ashton F. Embry
Ashton F. Embry
Geological Survey of Canada, Canada
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Donald L. Gautier
Donald L. Gautier
United States Geological Survey, USA
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Antonina V. Stoupakova
Antonina V. Stoupakova
Moscow State University, Russia
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Kai Sørensen
Kai Sørensen
Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland
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Geological Society of London
Volume
35
ISBN electronic:
9781862394100
Publication date:
January 01, 2011

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