P.N. Mel'nikov, M.B. Skvortsov, M.N. Kravchenko, I.G. Agadzhanyants,
O.V. Grushevskaya, I.V. Uvarova
 
The results of geological exploration on the Russian Arctic shelf in 2014–2019 and prospects for future development
DOI 10.31087/0016-7894-2019-6-5-18

The paper presents and analyses the results of geological explorati on in the RF Arctic shelf funded both from federal budget resources and by subsoil users in 2014–2019. The authors consider the state of exploration using integrated geophysical (seismics, gravimetry, and magnetometry) methods and prospecting and appraisal drilling in the Arctic waters. The state of the Arctic waters resource base is presented. Dynamics of exploration funding is shown. The fields discovered recently are mentioned, as well as structures prepared to future drilling, which were identified by the subsoil users. Hydrocarbon resources in the local objects identified during the exploration activities funded by federal budget are listed. Priority areas have been recommended for further exploration works on the Russian Arctic shelf. Compilation and analysis of exploration and prospecting are the most important stages in evaluation of the hydrocarbon resource potential. With the purpose of building up the RF raw material base, it is necessary to consolidate the data of already completed exploration works and available geological and geophysical information for the selected priority basins. These data should be used to create a new tectonic and geological model of oil and gas bearing basins, to carry out the modern analysis of stratigraphy, lithology, sedimentology, and geochemistry of sedimentary sequences. A single GIS project can make a basis for assessment of the resource base in the Arctic shelf and the development strategy. The GIS project should contain structural and tectonic maps over the basement and certain stratigraphic sequences, and should be formed within the framework of oil and gas resources quantitative assessment as on 01.01.2017.

Key words: resource potential of the Arctic waters; seismic operations; prospecting and appraisal drilling; RF Arctic Shelf; explorati on and prospecting priorities..

For citation: Mel'nikov P.N., Skvortsov M.B., Kravchenko M.N., Agadzhanyants I.G., Grushevskaya O.V., Uvarova I.V. The results of geological exploration on the Russian Arctic shelf in 2014–2019 and prospects for future development. Geologiya nefti i gaza. 2019;(6):5–18. DOI: 10.31087/0016‑7894‑2019‑6‑5‑18.

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P.N. Mel'nikov

All-Russian Research Geological Oil Institute, Moscow, Russia;

melnikov@vnigni.ru

M.B. Skvortsov   Scopus

All-Russian Research Geological Oil Institute, Moscow, Russia;

skvortsov@vnigni.ru

M.N. Kravchenko   Scopus

All-Russian Research Geological Oil Institute, Moscow, Russia;

kravchenko@vnigni.ru

I.G. Agadzhanyants

All-Russian Research Geological Oil Institute, Moscow, Russia;

agadzhanyantz@vnigni.ru

O.V. Grushevskaya

All-Russian Research Geological Oil Institute, Moscow, Russia;

grushevskaya@vnigni.ru

I.V. Uvarova

All-Russian Research Geological Oil Institute, Moscow, Russia;

uvarovairina@vnigni.ru