Abstract

—We propose and test a method for probabilistic estimation of the scale and structure (distribution of helium concentrations in free gas, accumulations of different sizes, localization zones, and stratigraphic complexes) of helium and helium-containing gas resources. Summarizing the available geological information about the structure of the sedimentary cover and data on the revealed accumulations of helium-containing gases, we have first made probabilistic estimation of the scale and structure of their resources as well as helium resources in the central and southern areas of the Lena–Tunguska province. The forecast results will serve as a reliable basis for geological and economic estimation of helium resources, for long-term planning of gas field development in East Siberia and the Republic of Sakha, and for helium industrialization in these regions.

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