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Fold–thrust belts at Peak Oil

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Dietrich Roeder
Dietrich Roeder
Murnau Geodynamics
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Published:
January 01, 2010

Abstract

Outside the Middle East, onshore fold–thrust belts (FTB) of Tertiary to Recent age contain a significant part of the globally developed petroleum, but far less of the oil and gas remaining undiscovered. Depending on high quality data and on deep drilling, renewed exploration of former failures is commercially attractive, and it will help in exploring the deepwater belts of compression. In FTB with a defined petroleum system, an under-explored trend may be the informally named ‘deep-updip’ or DUD trend. Shale-gas-prone formations in FTB require new exploration strategies, but in the public domain, this type of prospect has not yet been discussed. FTB discoveries require geological insight, persistence and exponentially rising investment. The paper includes examples from the Northern Alps, from the Llanos foothills of Colombia, from Eastern Venezuela and from the Po Valley basin of Italy.

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Geological Society, London, Special Publications

Hydrocarbons in Contractional Belts

G. P. Goffey
G. P. Goffey
PA Resources UK Ltd, UK
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J. Craig
J. Craig
Eni Exploration and Production Division, Italy
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T. Needham
T. Needham
Needham Geoscience Ltd, UK
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R. Scott
R. Scott
CASP, University of Cambridge, UK
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Geological Society of London
Volume
348
ISBN electronic:
9781862395961
Publication date:
January 01, 2010

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