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New Publication Series Highlights NWT Petroleum Plays

Middle Devonian age basinal Bluefish and Canol shale overlying Hume platform carbonates at Carcajou River NWT. Kathryn Fiess, NTGS.
Middle Devonian age basinal Bluefish and Canol shale overlying Hume platform carbonates at Carcajou River NWT. Kathryn Fiess, NTGS.

A new publication series is taking the lead on sharing scientific information behind the world-class petroleum potential of the Northwest Territories (NWT).

The first Petroleum Play Summary has been published by Northwest Territories Geological Survey (NTGS). It focuses on the Canol Formation and Bluefish Member Shale Play in the Central Mackenzie Valley. This area includes the Norman Wells conventional oil pool that has produced 274 million barrels of oil since 1920. 

Each Petroleum Play Summary provides a snapshot of geoscience information that collectively describes the oil and gas potential of a known or proposed NWT exploration area. The summaries cover topics such as: structural geology; trap type and timing; reservoir type and quality; source rock quality and maturity; the presence of hydrocarbons; hydrocarbon type; play areal extent; and seals. It is hoped that these overviews will stimulate further scoping and research activities.

The NTGS is focused on unconventional and conventional new play identification and documentation from the Liard Basin and Cameron Hills northward to the Peel Plain and Plateau. Play summaries will be created for an exploration region once a body of research has been completed for that region. The focus of the second Petroleum Play Summary will be the Liard Basin Shale Gas Play. This publication is scheduled for release in the second half of 2017.