The oil perspective
2017. "The oil perspective", The NE Atlantic Region. A Reappraisal of Crustal Structure, Tectonostratigraphy and Magmatic Evolution, G. Péron-Pinvidic, J. R. Hopper, T. Funck, M. S. Stoker, C. Gaina, J. C. Doornenbal, U. E. Árting
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Exploration for hydrocarbons in the NE Atlantic mainly focuses on the central eastern margin. The western margin has remained virtually unexplored, with no exploration wells drilled so far. A cost-efficient way to infer the presence of natural hydrocarbons in the poorly explored regions of the NE Atlantic is the application of synthetic aperture radar (SAR). This study presents four areas, the Western Barents Sea Margin, the Irish Atlantic Margin, East Greenland and Jan Mayen, where clustered oil-slick data indicate possible active oil seepage. The eastern margin of the NE Atlantic contains numerous oil-slick observations, but along the western margin the number of observations is limited, partly due to a persistent sea-ice coverage. Based on the tectonostratigraphic setting, it is suggested that Triassic and Jurassic source rocks are the most likely candidates for the generation of seeps in the areas studied. Near Jan Mayen and East Greenland, Cenozoic source rocks could also be present. SAR data are a useful tool in an early stage of exploration, but further work is needed to improve the understanding of the subsurface below the observed oil slicks in the NE Atlantic to determine the origin of the seepage.
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The NE Atlantic Region. A Reappraisal of Crustal Structure, Tectonostratigraphy and Magmatic Evolution
The NAG-TEC project was a collaborative effort by the British Geological Survey, the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, the Geological Survey of Ireland, the Geological Survey of the Netherlands, the Geological Survey of Northern Ireland, the Geological Survey of Norway, Iceland GeoSurvey and the Faroese Geological Survey (Jarðfeingi), along with a number of academic partners and significant support from industry. The main focus was to investigate the tectonic evolution of the region with a particular emphasis on basin evolution along conjugate margins. A key outcome was the development of a new tectonostratigraphic atlas and database that includes comprehensive geological and geophysical information relevant for understanding the Devonian to present evolution of the NE Atlantic margins. These provide the foundation upon which ongoing research and exploration of the area can build. This Special Publication provides some of the first scientific results and analysis based on the project, including regional stratigraphic analysis and correlations, crustal structure and interpretation of geophysical data sets, plate kinematics and the evolution of igneous provinces.