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Hydrocarbons in Crystalline Rocks

Product Code: SP214
Series: GSL Special Publications - print copy
Author/Editor: Edited by: N Petford and K J W McCaffrey
Publication Date: 06 June 2003
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‘Commercial oil deposits in basement rocks are not geological “accidents” but are oil accumulations which obey all the rules of oil sourcing, migration and entrapment; therefore in areas of not too deep basement, oil deposits within basement rocks should be explored with the same professional skill and zeal as accumulations in the overlying sediments’
, Landes et al. (1960), AAPG Bulletin

Given that most OPEC countries are currently at or within 5% of production capacity, there is a growing need to look for ‘new oil’ and other hydrocarbons in non-traditional sources.

While oil and gas fields in crystalline basement are still discovered mostly by accident, as shown in this book, such reservoirs can be very prolific, especially if the basement rock is highly faulted or fractured. The chapters in this volume cover a diverse range of topics related broadly to the theme of hydrocarbons in crystalline rocks, and challenge explorationists’ definition of basement rock, which needs to be less narrow and more responsive to new geological ideas.

Type: Book
Ten Digit ISBN: 1-86239-137-8
Thirteen Digit ISBN: 978-1-86239-137-6
Publisher: GSL
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 248
Weight: 0.79 kg


Hydrocarbons in crystalline basement: an introduction, N Petford, K McCaffrey • Hydrocarbon occurrence and exploration in and around igneous rocks, S R Schutter • Occurrences of hydrocarbons in and round igneous rocks, S R Schutter • Volcanic reservoir rocks of northwestern Honshu Island, Japan, K Magara • Oil and gas production from basement reservoirs: examples from Indonesia, USA and Vietnam, T Koning • Controls on primary porosity and permeability development in igneous rocks, N Petford • Fracture formation and evolution in crystalline rocks: Insights from attribute analysis, K McCaffrey, J M Sleight, S Pugliese, R E Holdsworth • Characterisation of Rough-Walled Fractures in Crystalline Rocks, S R Ogilvie, E Isakov, C W Taylor, P W J Glover • Thermally induced primary fracture development in tabular granitic plutons: a preliminary analysis, M A Koenders, N Petford • A review of the occurrence and origin of abiogenic hydrocarbons in igneous rocks, J Potter, J Konnerup-Madsen • Coupled mineral-fluid evolution of a basin and high: kaolinization in the SW England granites in relation to the development of the Plymouth Basin, A Psyrillos, D A C Manning, S D Burley, A E Fallick • Fracture dominated flow in the borrowdale volcanic group at Sellafield, NW England: The identification of potential flowing features, development of conceptual models and derivation of efective parameters, P J Degnan, A K Littleboy, U Mc L Michie, C P Jackson, S P Watson • Modelling fracture systems in extensional crystalline basement, C A E Sanders, L Fullarton, S J Clavert •


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