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TitleHydrocarbon assessment summary report of Buffalo Lake area of interest
LicencePlease note the adoption of the Open Government Licence - Canada supersedes any previous licences.
AuthorLemieux, Y
SourceGeological Survey of Canada, Open File 5575, 2007, 13 pages, Open Access logo Open Access
Alt SeriesNorthwest Territories Geoscience Office Contribution 0032
PublisherNatural Resources Canada
Documentopen file
Mediapaper; on-line; digital
RelatedThis publication is related to the following publications
File formatpdf
ProvinceNorthwest Territories
NTS85B/02; 85B/03; 85B/04; 85B/05; 85B/06; 85B/07; 85B/10; 85B/11; 85B/12; 85B/13; 85B/14; 85B/15; 85C/01; 85C/08; 85C/09; 85C/16
AreaBuffalo Lake; Great Slave Lake; Buffalo River; Mackenzie Valley
Lat/Long WENS-116.5000 -114.5000 61.0000 60.0000
Subjectsfossil fuels; hydrocarbon potential; petroleum resources; resource estimation; energy resources; gas; oil; petroleum occurrence; sedimentary rocks; carbonate rocks; clastics; dolomites; bedrock geology; structural features; faults; fractures; structural controls; structural traps; stratigraphic traps; source rocks; hydrocarbon migration; reservoir rocks; reservoirs; exploration wells; basement geology; Northern Mainland Sedimentary Basin; Great Slave Plain; McDonald Fault Zone; Great Slave Shear Zone; Tathlina Arch; Chinchaga Formation; Mirage Point Formation; Lonely Bay Formation; Nahanni Formation; Hume Formation; Keg River Formation; Presqu'ile Barrier; Sulphur Point Formation; Slave Point Formation; Muskeg Formation; Muskwa Formation; Horn River Formation; Watt Formation; Natural gas; Phanerozoic; Mesozoic; Cretaceous; Paleozoic; Devonian; Precambrian
Illustrationsstratigraphic charts; tables; sketch maps
ProgramSecure Canadian Energy Supply
ProgramNorthwest Territories Protected Areas Strategy (NWT PAS)
Released2007 07 01
AbstractThe purpose of this report is to present a hydrocarbon resource potential assessment of Buffalo Lake area of interest. The area of interest examined here is located in the southern Great Slave Plain region and covers an area in excess of 2100 km2. The region is almost entirely covered by a thick mantle of glacial deposits; it is underlain by a gently southwest-dipping, relatively undisturbed succession dominated by Paleozoic carbonate rocks and Cretaceous clastic rocks. Six exploration wells have been drilled within, or near the outer limit of Buffalo Lake area of interest. Although suitable source and reservoir rocks are present within Buffalo Lake area of interest, the potential of significant petroleum discoveries is probably very low. Most of the prospective intervals are either shallow or exposed at surface. Other exploration risks, such as discontinuous distribution and isolation from source rocks, are also anticipated for some of the plays.

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