Petrology and reservoir quality of the Gaikema Sandstone: Initial impressions

Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys Preliminary Interpretive Report - 7
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Abstract

The Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys (DGGS) and Division of Oil & Gas (DOG) are currently conducting a study of the hydrocarbon potential of Cook Inlet basin (LePain and others, 2011). The Tertiary stratigraphic section of the basin includes coal-bearing units that are prolific gas reservoirs, particularly the Neogene sandstones. The Paleogene sandstones are locally prolific oil reservoirs that are sourced largely from the underlying Middle Jurassic Tuxedni Group. Several large structures act as hydrocarbon traps and the possibility exists for stratigraphic traps although this potential has not been fully exploited. As part of this study a significant number of Tertiary sandstones from the basin have been already collected and analyzed (Helmold and others, 2013). Recent field programs have shifted attention to the Mesozoic stratigraphic section to ascertain whether it contains potential hydrocarbon reservoirs. During the 2013 Cook Inlet field season, two days were spent on the Iniskin Peninsula examining outcrops of the Middle Jurassic Gaikema Sandstone along the south shore of Chinitna Bay (fig. 7-1). A stratigraphic section approximately 34 m in thickness was measured and a detailed description was initiated (Stanley and others, 2015), but due to deteriorating weather it was not possible to complete the description. During the 2014 field season two additional days were spent completing work on the Gaikema section. Analyses of thin sections from six of the samples collected in 2013 are available for incorporation in this report (table 7-1). Data from samples collected during the 2014 field season will be included in future reports.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype State/Local Government Series
Title Petrology and reservoir quality of the Gaikema Sandstone: Initial impressions
Series title Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys Preliminary Interpretive Report
Chapter 7
DOI 10.14509/29462
Year Published 2015
Language English
Publisher Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys
Publisher location Anchorage, AK
Contributing office(s) Geology, Minerals, Energy, and Geophysics Science Center
Description 6 p.
First page 43
Last page 48
Country United States
State Alaska
Other Geospatial Chinitna Bay
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