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TitleOil and gas resource potential in the deep-water Canada Basin, Arctic Ocean
AuthorDietrich, J R; Chen, Z; Hannigan, P K; Hu, K; Yu, X
SourceGeological Survey of Canada, Open File 8355, 2018, 28 pages, (Open Access)
PublisherNatural Resources Canada
Documentopen file
Mediadigital; on-line
RelatedThis publication supercedes Hannigan, P K; Dietrich, J R; Chen, Z; Hu, K; Yu, X; (2018). Oil and gas resource potential in the deep-water Canada Basin, Arctic Ocean, Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 8355
File formatpdf
ProvinceYukon; Northwest Territories
NTS97G; 98B; 98C; 98F; 98G; 99B; 99C; 107E; 107F; 107G; 107H; 117E; 117F; 117G; 117H
AreaArctic Ocean; Beaufort Sea
Lat/Long WENS-180.0000 -110.0000 84.0000 70.0000
Subjectsfossil fuels; regional geology; stratigraphy; structural geology; tectonics; geophysics; petroleum resources; hydrocarbons; hydrocarbon potential; resource estimation; reserve estimates; oil; gas; oil fields; gas fields; crustal studies; bedrock geology; basement geology; lithology; sedimentary rocks; sandstones; shales; structural features; faults; folds; traps; continental margins; continental shelf; plate margins; terranes; hydrothermal systems; geophysical surveys; seismic surveys, marine; geophysical logging; well logging; sedimentary basins; basin analyses; geological history; basin evolution; tectonic history; deformation; folding; rifting; sea floor spreading; source rocks; reservoir rocks; porosity; permeability; models; lithostratigraphy; sedimentary environments; hydrocarbon maturation; models; Canada Basin; Canadian Beaufort Shelf; Alaska Beaufort Shelf; Canadian Arctic Islands Shelf; Stefansson Sub-Basin; Alpha-Mendeleev Large Igneous Province; Chukchi Microcontinent; Amerasia Basin; Nautilus Basin; Northwind Ridge; Beaufort-Mackenzie Basin; conventional petroleum resources; unconventional petroleum resources; seals; hydrocarbon indicators; gas hydrates; gas hydrate stability zones; Phanerozoic; Cenozoic; Quaternary; Tertiary; Mesozoic; Cretaceous; Jurassic; Triassic; Paleozoic; Permian; Carboniferous; Devonian; Silurian; Ordovician; Cambrian
Illustrationslocation maps; geoscientific sketch maps; models; stratigraphic charts; seismic profiles; profiles; logs; plots; tables
ProgramFrontier basin analysis, Geoscience for New Energy Supply (GNES)
Released2018 09 20
AbstractThe Canada Basin is a deep-water basin adjacent to the Arctic continental shelves of northwest Canada and northern Alaska. Perennial ice cover in the Arctic Ocean has historically prevented detailed geologic study of the basin. Recent seismic surveys (2007 to 2011) provide substantial new information on crustal architecture and sediment fill of the basin. These geophysical data provide a framework for a regional study of basin petroleum geology and resource potential. This report presents the first assessment of oil and gas potential in the Canada Basin.
Conventional petroleum resources in Canada Basin were evaluated with a volumetric play-based assessment method and an independent basin-scale global analogue method. The volumetric play assessment included quantitative analyses of four petroleum plays in Cenozoic strata. Mean estimates of total recoverable resource potential in Canada Basin are 779 million m3 (4.9 billion barrels) oil, 659 billion m3 (23 Tcf) free gas, and 308 billion m3 (10.8 Tcf) solution gas. The total recoverable energy resource potential (oil and gas combined) is estimated at 1683 million m3 (10.5 billion barrels) oil equivalent. The independent assessment based on the global analogue methodology provides mean estimates of total recoverable potential of 11 billion barrels oil equivalent, similar to the volumetric play estimates.
Natural gas hydrates may be a significant unconventional petroleum resource in Canada Basin, but an assessment of recoverable gas volumes was not possible with available data.
This assessment study provides important new insights into the natural resource endowment of the Arctic Canada Basin, a region with currently unresolved international jurisdiction issues.