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TitlePetroleum resource potential of the northern mainland of Canada (Mackenzie Corridor)
AuthorHannigan, P K; Morrow, D W; MacLean, B C
SourceGeological Survey of Canada, Open File 6757, 2011, 271 pages; 1 CD-ROM, (Open Access)
LinksMetadata - Métadonnées
PublisherNatural Resources Canada
Documentopen file
Mediaon-line; CD-ROM; digital
File formatreadme
File formatpdf
ProvinceAlberta; British Columbia; Yukon; Northwest Territories
NTS83; 84; 85; 86; 93; 94; 95; 96; 103; 104; 105; 106
AreaMackenzie Corridor; Mackenzie River; Great Slave Lake; Great Bear Lake; Norman Wells; Colville Hills; Great Slave Plain; Great Bear Plain; Anderson Plain; Horton Plain; Peel Plain; Peel Plateau; Liard Plateau; Mackenzie Plain; Franklin Mountains; Mackenzie Mountains; Ogilivie Mountains; Richardson Mountains
Lat/Long WENS-136.0000 -111.0000 70.0000 54.0000
Subjectsfossil fuels; structural geology; stratigraphy; petroleum resources; resources; hydrocarbon potential; methane; gas; petroleum exploration; oil; reserves; reserve estimates; traps; source rocks; porosity; permeability; vitrinite reflectance; depositional environment; Interior Platform; Northern Foreland belt; Hornby Bay Assemblage; Dismal Lakes Assemblage; Tweed Lake Assemblage; Mackenzie/Shaler Assemblage; Windermere Supergroup; Mount Clark Formation; Mount Cap Formation; Saline River Formation; Hess River Formation; Rockslide Formation; Illtyd Formation; Slats Creek Formation; Ronning Group; Franklin Mountain Formation; Mount Kindle Formation; Little Doctor Member; Road River Group; Whittaker Formation; Duo Lake Formation; Steel Formation; Rabbitkettle Formation; Broken Skull Formation; Hume Formation; Loucheux Formation; Dempster Formation; Vittrekwa Formation; Sekwi Formation; Gull Lake Formation; Elmer Creek Formation; Misfortune Formation; Delorme Group; Peel Formation; Tatsieta Formation; Tsetso Formation; Camsell Formation; Root River Formation; Vera Formation; Cadillac Formation; Prevost Formation; La Loche Formation; Mirage Point Formation; Ernestina Lake Formation; Arnica Formation; Landry Formation; Bear Rock Formation; Fort Norman Formation; Stone Formation; Chinchaga Formation; Funeral Formation; Manetoe facies; Headless Formation; Nahanni Formation; Hare Indian Formation; Bluefish Member; Lonely Bay Formation; Keg River Formation; Horn Plateau Formation; Muskeg Formation; Horn River Formation; Pine Point Group; Sulphur Point Formation; Presqu'ile Facies; Earn Group; Besa River Formation; Watt Mountain Formation; Ramparts Formation; Kee Scarp Formation; Slave Point Formation; Dunedin Formation; Fort Simpson Formation; Redknife Formation; Jean Marie Member; Kakisa Formation; Tathlina Formation; Twin Falls Formation; Fort Vermilion Formation; Otter Park Member; Muskwa Member; Canol Formation; Imperial Formation; Hay River Formation; Trout River Formation; Tetcho Formation; Kotcho Formation; Jungle Ridge Member; Tuttle Formation; Exshaw Formation; Tsichu Group; Banff Formation; Yohin Formation; Rundle Group; Pekisko Formation; Clausen Formation; Prophet Formation; Flett Formation; Golata Formation; Mattson Formation; Jungle Creek Formation; Kindle Formation; Fantasque Formation; Mount Christie Formation; Toad-Grayling Group; Jones Lake Formation; North Branch Formation; Husky Formation; Martin House Formation; Langton Bay Formation; Gilmore Lake Member; Chinkeh Formation; Fort St. John Group; Arctic Red Formation; Horton River Formation; Mahony Lake Formation; Garbutt Formation; Scatter Formation; Lepine Formation; Sikanni Formation; Sully Formation; Dunvegan Formation; Slater River Formation; Trevor Formation; Little Bear Formation; East Fork Formation; Summit Creek Formation; Smoking Hills Formation; Mason River Formation; Iperk Sequence; Kotaneelee Formation; Wapiti Formation; Sauk Sequence; Tippecanoe Sequence; Kaskaskia Sequence; shale gas; Tertiary; Cretaceous; Jurassic; Triassic; Permian; Carboniferous; Devonian; Silurian; Ordovician; Cambrian; Proterozoic
ProgramGEM: Geo-mapping for Energy and Minerals, Mackenzie Delta and Corridor
Released2011 08 15
AbstractThe Proterozoic and Phanerozoic sedimentary successions of the northern mainland of Canada comprise the northern extension of the prolific Western Canada Sedimentary Basin. The study area extending northward from the provincial-territorial boundary to, but not including, the Mackenzie Delta/Beaufort region is also referred as the Mackenzie Corridor because it encompasses the Mackenzie River drainage system. Two major geological provinces occur in the Mackenzie Corridor project area. Relatively undeformed sedimentary strata constitute the Interior Platform geological province to the east. This Province is bounded to the west by folded and thrusted strata of the eastern Cordillera forming the Northern Foreland Belt. Although regional stratigraphy with potential reservoir and source rocks are common between the two provinces, depositional settings and trap-types vary considerably reflecting the need for unique exploration play definitions.
Although exploration has had a long and partially successful history in the region, there has been no comprehensive assessment of conventional petroleum potential. In this study, a total of 37 conventional petroleum exploration plays have been defined. Most conventional plays are defined on the basis of potential reservoir. There also exists substantial potential for unconventional shale gas and a smaller potential for tight gas and coalbed methane. Thirty of 37 conventional plays had sufficient exploration and/or production data or good play analogues to formulate full quantitative analyses. Most of these plays have both oil and natural gas potential. The fact that some conventional plays and all of the unconventional resource plays were not quantitatively analyzed in this report because of insufficient data suggests that the total petroleum resource estimate presented herein is conservative.
Since exploration play definition is dependent on classifying prospects with respect to their unique petroleum system, many defined plays especially located in southern Northwest Territories and Yukon also extend into northern British Columbia and Alberta. It is necessary, therefore, to describe oil and gas potential according to proper geologically-defined play definition accompanied by appropriately reduced potential within the study area of the northern mainland in Northwest Territories and eastern Yukon.
The probabilistic assessment of total oil and gas potential (produced and remaining) for all sedimentary strata in the "geologically-defined" Mackenzie Corridor or northern mainland of Canada is 1053*106 m3 (6624 MMbbls) of oil and 2189*109 m3 (77 Tcf) of gas (mean volumes). Although discovered reserves are substantial in the Mackenzie Corridor region (308*106 m3 (1936 MMbbls) of oil and 886*109 m3 (31 Tcf) of gas), resource potential is significant as exemplified by the prediction of 8 oil pools greater in volume than 15.9*106 m3 (100 MMbbls) and 11 gas pool sizes greater than 7.1*109 m3 (250 Bcf) remain to be discovered. Total mean potential in the study area north of the provincial-territorial boundary is 761.6*106 m3 (4790 MMbbls) of oil and 928.7*109 m3 (32.8 Tcf) of gas.