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Palaeozoic source rocks in the Dniepr-Donets Basin, Ukraine

Reinhard F. Sachsenhofer, Viacheslav A. Shymanovskyy, Achim Bechtel, Reinhard Gratzer, Brian Horsfield and Doris Reischenbacher
Palaeozoic source rocks in the Dniepr-Donets Basin, Ukraine
Petroleum Geoscience (November 2010) 16 (4): 377-399


The Dniepr-Donets Basin (DDB) is a major petroleum province in Eastern Europe. In order to understand the regional and stratigraphic distribution of source rocks for the dominantly gas-prone petroleum system, 676 fine-grained rocks from 30 wells were analysed for bulk parameters (total organic carbon (TOC), carbonate, sulphur, RockEval). A subset of samples was selected for maceral and biomarker analysis, pyrolysis-gas chromatography and kinetic investigations. Organic-rich sediments occur in different intervals within the basin fill. Maximum TOC contents (5.0+ or -1.9%) occur in the Rudov Beds, several tens of metres thick. The oil-prone rocks (Type III-II kerogen) were deposited in basinal settings above an unconformity separating Lower and Upper Visean sections. While maximum TOC contents occur in the Rudov Beds, high TOC contents are observed in the entire Tournaisian and Visean section. However, these rocks are mainly gas condensate-prone. Highly oil-prone black shales with up to 16% TOC and hydrogen index values up to 550 mgHC g (super -1) TOC occur in Serpukhovian intervals in the northwestern part of the DDB. Oil-prone Lower Serpukhovian and gas condensate-prone Middle Carboniferous coal is widespread in the southern and southeastern part of the basin. Although no source rocks with a Devonian age were detected, their presence cannot be excluded.

ISSN: 1354-0793
EISSN: 2041-496X
Serial Title: Petroleum Geoscience
Serial Volume: 16
Serial Issue: 4
Title: Palaeozoic source rocks in the Dniepr-Donets Basin, Ukraine
Affiliation: University of Loeben, Department of Applied Geosciences and Geophysics, Loeben, Austria
Pages: 377-399
Published: 201011
Text Language: English
Publisher: Geological Society Publishing House for EAGE (European Association of Geoscientists & Engineers), London, United Kingdom
References: 68
Accession Number: 2011-013941
Categories: Economic geology, geology of energy sources
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. geol. sketch map, 1 table, strat. col.
N49°00'00" - N50°00'00", E32°00'00" - E37°00'00"
Secondary Affiliation: Shell Ukraine, UKR, UkraineGeoForschungsZentrum, DEU, Germany
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from The Geological Society, London, London, United Kingdom
Update Code: 201109
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