Energy Potential of the Russian Arctic Seas: Choice of Development Strategy

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  • Copyright: 2012-06-01

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The structure of sedimentary basins of the Russian Arctic Seas is studied and illustrated by a number of maps, cross-sections and geophysical models. The calculated density models of the Earth crust illustrate the deep structure of the main blocks of the crust. Five major gas-condensate and gas fields are discovered here: three (Shtokman, Ludlov, Ledovoe) in the Barents and two (Leningrad and Rusanov) in the Kara Sea. Geological and geophysical characteristics of the Russian Arctic Sea sedimentary basins allow an estimation of their hydrocarbon potential by comparison with the known world analogues. Total potential resources of giant deposits of hydrocarbons in Russian Arctic Seas are estimated at 470 billion barrels of oil equivalent. The richest resources are the Kara Sea and Laptev Sea. Less rich is Barents Sea. The relatively smaller contribution to the overall estimation of the resources makes the resources of East-Siberian Sea and Chukchi Sea. Development the energy capacity of the continental shelf of Russia can play a stabilizing role in the dynamics of oil and gas production in the period 2010-2020. A key role in developing the capacity of the Arctic shelf oil and gas play is the innovative technology in exploration, production and management of the relevant investment projects. World offshore experience indicates that the combination of these factors is achieved through the formation of international firms and organizations. Comprehensively assesses the potential oil and gas resources in sedimentary basins within the Russian sector of the Arctic Ocean Describes the economic and legal challenges to the development of offshore fields in Russia Explores possible ways and timing to maKe these hydrocarbon resources available to the global market

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Prospecting, Exploration, and Development of Oil-and-Gas Fields in the Twentieth Centuryp. 1
Organization of Oil Production and Deliveryp. 1
Oil Exploration and Production Until 1947p. 4
Oil Exploration and Production in the Period 1947-1973p. 9
Oil Exploration and Production in the Period 1973-1986p. 12
Oil Exploration and Production in the Period 1986-2010p. 16
Sedimentary Basins of the Barents and Kara Seasp. 57
Origination of Current Notions of the Geological Structure and Evolutionary History of the Regionp. 58
Structure of Sedimentary Cover in the Regionp. 63
Geophysical Fields and Density Models of the Earth's Crustp. 74
Studies of the Earth's Crustal Structure on Geotraversesp. 94
Specific Features of Regional Evolution in the Jurassic-Cretaceous Period, Based on Studies of Composition and Magnetism of Andesite-Basalts in Franz Josef Landp. 107
Earth's Crustal Structure and Distribution of Oil-and-Gas Fieldsp. 121
Sedimentary Basins of the Laptev, East Siberian, and Chukchi Seasp. 129
Generation of Notions on the Geological Structure of the Northeastern Seas of Russiap. 129
Crustal Models of the Earthp. 144
Studies of the Crustal Structure on Geotraversesp. 157
Sedimentary Cover Characteristics of the Regionp. 167
Basement Structure, Deep Structure, and Evolution of the Regionp. 182
Potential Oil-and-Gas Presence in the Sedimentary Basins of the Arctic Seas of Russia as Compared with the Largest Developed Basins of the World Oceanp. 197
Morphological and Geological Characteristics of the Largest Sedimentary Sea Basins with Proven Oil-and-Gas Presencep. 198
Sedimentary Basins of the Atlantic and the Arctic Oceansp. 206
Sedimentary Basins of the Persian Gulf, Caspian and Red Seas, East Mediterraneanp. 229
Sedimentary Basins of the Pacific and Indian Oceansp. 239
Density of Hydrocarbon Reserves in the Large Fields of the Offshore Provincesp. 239
Productivity, Development Period, Investmentsp. 249
Potential Resources of Hydrocarbon Raw Materials in Offshore Sedimentary Basins in the Arctic Seas of Russiap. 256
Natural Climatic Features of the Arctic Shelf and Environmental Safety of the Operationsp. 273
Information Support for Offshore Field Developmentp. 277
Geographic IAS for the Objects of Subsurface Management in the Shelf Zones of the Russian Federationp. 278
Evaluation of the Influence of Geoeconomic Factors on the Development of Fields in the Arctic Seas of Russiap. 287
Improvement of the Approaches to Economic Geological Evaluationp. 311
Economic and Institutional Fundamentals of International Cooperation in Oil-and-Gas Resources Development on the Continental Shelfp. 327
International Partnership Formation Patterns in Offshore Oil-and-Gas Productionp. 327
The Public-Private Partnership in the Organization of Offshore Hydrocarbon Resources Developmentp. 337
The Conceptual Approaches to State Regulation of Oil-and-Gas Production on the Continental Shelf: Foreign Experiencep. 349
The Role of the Largest TNC in the Development of Shelf Hydrocarbonsp. 367
Conclusionp. 395
Referencesp. 397
Subject Indexp. 413
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