Geology and assessment of undiscovered oil and gas resources of the West Greenland-East Canada Province, 2008

Professional Paper 1824- J
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Edited by: Thomas E. Moore and Donald L. Gautier

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Abstract

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) recently assessed the potential for undiscovered oil and gas resources of the West Greenland-East Canada Province as part of the USGS Circum-Arctic Resource Appraisal program. The province lies in the offshore area between western Greenland and eastern Canada and includes Baffin Bay, Davis Strait, Lancaster Sound, and Nares Strait west of, and including, part of Kane Basin. A series of major tectonic events led to the formation of several distinct structural domains that are the geologic basis for defining five assessment units (AU ) in the province, all of which are within the Mesozoic-Cenozoic Composite Total Petroleum System (TPS). Potential petroleum source rocks within the TPS include strata of Ordovician, Lower and Upper Cretaceous, and Paleogene ages. The five AUs defined for this study—the Eurekan Structures AU, Northwest Greenland Rifted Margin AU, Northeast Canada Rifted Margin AU, Baffin Bay Basin AU, and the Greater Ungava Fault Zone AU— encompass the entire province and were assessed for undiscovered, technically recoverable resources. The estimated mean volumes of undiscovered resources for the West GreenlandEast Canada Province are 10.7 billion barrels of oil, 75 trillion cubic feet of gas, and 1.7 billion barrels of natural gas liquids. For the part of the province that is north of the Arctic Circle, the estimated mean volumes of these undiscovered resources are 7.3 billion barrels of oil, 52 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, and 1.1 billion barrels of natural-gas liquids.

Suggested Citation

Schenk, C.J., 2017, Geology and assessment of undiscovered oil and gas resources of the West Greenland-East Canada Province, 2008, chap. J of Moore, T.E., and Gautier, D.L., eds., The 2008 Circum-Arctic Resource Appraisal: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1824, 31 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/pp1824J.

ISSN: 2330-7102 (online)

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Table of Contents

  • Abstract
  • West Greenland-East Canada Province Description
  • Assessment Unit Definitions
  • Assessment Results
  • References

Additional publication details

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Geology and assessment of undiscovered oil and gas resources of the West Greenland-East Canada Province, 2008
Series title Professional Paper
Series number 1824
Chapter J
DOI 10.3133/pp1824J
Year Published 2017
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Energy Resources Program
Description Report: viii, 31 p.; 15 Appendixes
Other Geospatial West Greenland-East Canada Province
Online Only (Y/N) Y