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.