The premise of this proposal is that a thorough evaluation of potential shale resource plays in Central Eurasia will provide an indication of which basins possess the characteristics needed for successful exploitation. High-grading beyond basin scale is anticipated, but subject to data availability. We plan to address the broader geologic aspects such as geologic setting, tectonic history, basin history and depositional environment as well as the more specific rock characteristics including geochemistry and rock properties. Shale distribution and volume will also be addressed. Data utilized will include the extensive EGI database of samples, well and seismic data, reports and literature, public domain information and newly derived data from in-country educational organizations, state geological entities and ministries if possible.
The proposed project on shale gas and shale liquids plays in Central Eurasia is a comprehensive study. It will involve mass data mining and systematic analysis. EGI’s shale resource experience and methodology will be employed to study basins in Central Eurasia from basin to reservoir scale (See Figure 1). Petroleum geology, basin history and sequence stratigraphy will also be integrated into the synthesis, interpretation and compilation of data. The information mined from data gathering will be used for constructing tectono-stratigraphic cross-sections, sequence stratigraphic framework, paleogeographic maps, and characterizing the fundamental geologic, geochemical, petrological and petrophysical attributes of potential gas shales. Significant tasks include:
A Final Report of results along with a GIS database, will be delivered to Sponsors following the conclusion of the Project. The Project duration is 18 months. If there is additional sponsorship, the Project may be extended in accordance with the funding available and may be adjusted to answer additional questions that develop as the project proceeds.
A Project update meeting was held with Sponsors in October 2014 in Salt Lake City, UT.