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TitleOil and gas potential of the northern mainland, Canada (Mackenzie Corridor and northern Yukon)
LicencePlease note the adoption of the Open Government Licence - Canada supersedes any previous licences.
AuthorHannigan, P KORCID logo; Dixon, JORCID logo; Morrow, D W
SourceGeological Survey of Canada, Open File 5343, 2006; 1 CD-ROM, Open Access logo Open Access
LinksMetadata - Métadonnées
PublisherNatural Resources Canada
Documentopen file
MediaCD-ROM; digital; on-line
File formatreadme
File formatpdf (Adobe® Reader® v. 7.0.5 is included / est fourni); doc; cdr; xls
NTS75D; 75E; 85; 95; 105H; 105I; 105J; 105K; 105M; 105N; 105O; 105P; 86B; 86C; 86D; 86E; 86F; 86L; 96; 106; 116A; 116B; 116C; 116F; 116G; 116H; 116I; 116J; 116K; 116N; 116O; 116P; 97A; 97B; 97C; 107A; 107B; 107C; 107D; 107E; 117A; 117B; 117C; 117D
AreaMackenzie River; Mackenzie Valley
Lat/Long WENS-141.0000 -110.0000 71.0000 60.0000
Subjectsfossil fuels; stratigraphy; oil; gas; hydrocarbons; hydrocarbon potential; exploration history; source rocks; reservoir rocks; resource estimation; reserve estimates; Beaufort-Mackenzie Basin; Northern Foreland Belt; Northern Yukon Fold Complex; Cambrian; Ordovician; Paleozoic; Carboniferous; Permian
Illustrationssketch maps; tables; stratigraphic sections
Released2006 10 01
AbstractA description of petroleum resource potential for all sedimentary strata in the northern mainland of Canada is presented in this open file. The study area includes the Interior Platform of Northwest Territories, Beaufort-Mackenzie Basin, Northern Foreland Belt and Northern Yukon Fold Complex in Northwest Territories and Yukon. Very conservative estimates of total resource endowment in the Interior Platform are 1.22 x 109 m³ and 1.56 x 10¹² m³ of in-place oil and gas, respectively. Very high petroleum potential is expected to occur in the subcrop extent of Cambrian sands in the Colville Hills area, the Kee Scarp reef fairway near Norman Wells, and on the barrier and in the back-barrier of Presqu’ile barrier complex in the south. The greatest number of discoveries and potential in the northern mainland occurs in the Beaufort-Mackenzie Basin, where total resource estimates are 1.13 x 109 m³ of mean recoverable oil and 3.32 x 10¹² m³ of mean recoverable gas. Gas hydrate potential in the Beaufort-Mackenzie Basin is immense (2.4 - 87 x 10¹² m³). In Liard Plateau of the Mackenzie Fold Belt, in-place resource potential for natural gas is 2.77 x 10¹¹ m³. In Eagle Plain basin, total resource endowment is predicted to be 6.94 x 107 m³ and 1.71 x 10¹¹ m³ (in-place volumes). With respect to nation-wide petroleum potential, Beaufort-Mackenzie Basin is rated high while the remainder of the northern mainland has a low to moderate rating.

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