Exploration for Cretaceous stratigraphic traps in the Gulf of Guinea, West Africa and the discovery of the Jubilee Field: a play opening discovery in the Tano Basin, Offshore Ghana
Published:January 01, 2013
Paul Dailly, Tracey Henderson, Eric Hudgens, Kathy Kanschat, Phil Lowry, 2013. "Exploration for Cretaceous stratigraphic traps in the Gulf of Guinea, West Africa and the discovery of the Jubilee Field: a play opening discovery in the Tano Basin, Offshore Ghana", Conjugate Divergent Margins, W. U. Mohriak, A. Danforth, P. J. Post, D. E. Brown, G. C. Tari, M. Nemčok, S. T. Sinha
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The discovery of the Jubilee Oil Field in 2007 in the Tano Basin of Ghana is a primary example of the potential for Late Cretaceous deep-water stratigraphic traps in basins previously overlooked by the exploration industry. The Tano Basin forms the eastern extension of the Deep Ivorian Basin, which resulted from Aptian–Albian trans-tension associated with the opening of the Atlantic between the St Paul and Romanche fracture zones and the subsequent post-rift subsidence. The basin was the focus for deposition of a thick Upper Cretaceous, deep-water clastic sequence, which, in combination with a modest Tertiary section, provided sufficient thickness to mature a Cretaceous source rock in the central part of the Tano Basin. This well-defined reservoir and charge fairway forms the play, which, when draped over a large plunging nose (the South Tano high), resulted in the formation of a stratigraphic–structural combination trapping geometry that is characteristic of the Jubilee Field and subsequent discoveries in this play.
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The main focus of the book is the geological and geophysical interpretation of sedimentary basins along the South, Central and North Atlantic conjugate margins, but concepts derived from physical models, outcrop analogues and present-day margins are also discussed in some chapters. There is an encompassing description of several conjugate margins worldwide, based on recent geophysical and geological datasets. An overview of important aspects related to the geodynamic development and petroleum geology of Atlantic-type sedimentary basins is also included. Several chapters analyse genetic mechanisms and break-up processes associated with rift-phase structures and salt tectonics, providing a full description of conjugate margin basins based on deep seismic profiles and potential field methods.