Ian Davison, Earthmoves Ltd, UK and Pedro Barreto, Partex Oil and Gas, Portugal
The discovery of an exhumed oil field in the central Lusitanian Basin in Portugal has significantly enhanced the hydrocarbon potential of Lusitanian and Peniche Basins and the conjugate Carson-Bonnition Basin in Newfoundland.
Basin classification based on tectonic settings provides a framework not only for understanding the genesis and evolution of petroleum basins and their sedimentary fill but also process-based analogs for the exploration of frontier basins.
Edwige Zanella, Helen Doran and Jamie Collard; Westwood Global Energy Group
Since the discovery of Tupi in Brazil and Jubilee in Ghana, the search has been on to prove that discoveries on one side of the Atlantic can be mirrored across the ocean. But is a conjugate margin an analog?
Strike slip faults can extend for thousands of kilometres, and envelop many of the typical geological structures we use in basin exploration to define different petroleum play systems in particular in the tectonic evolution of East Africa.