Arctic Basins and Petroleum Provinces (PhD)

The exposed strata and basins on Svalbard will enable the students to aquire advanced knowledge on petroleum provinces in the Arctic.


Excellent outcrops of Upper Palaeozoic and Mesozoic basin fill will be used to illustrate the main principles of source, reservoir and traps within a hydrocarbon play. After introduction to petroleum geology, students will be introduced to the geological evolution and regional geology of the main Mesozoic and Cenozoic petroleum provinces within the Arctic. An updated introduction to Arctic plate tectonics and evolution will also be provided.

Based on regional seismic reflection lines, well data and onshore field analogs the students will be able to construct the major T/R cycles (first- and second-order sequences) and their related depositional sequences. Case-studies from the major Arctic oil and gas producing fields on the Norwegian Continental Shelf will be used in applied methodology exercises for calculation of hydrocarbon reserves. This will be combined with an introduction to the exploration history of the various basins, providing: the exploration process of oil and gas from a regional perspective; use of geophysical and geological data; knowledge, visions and ideas of source, reservoir and trap leading through an initial definition of a play, then to leads and finally to risked prospects in the Barents Sea and the Norwegian Sea.

Mesozoic and Cenozoic outcropping strata on Spitsbergen will be used to demonstrate successful hydrocarbon play-models to producing oil- and gas-fields. The link between onshore and offshore geology will be focused. This link will be used to demonstrate the exploration process from the use of data and G&G knowledge to generation of play concepts, leads and prospects.

Course details

Academic level(s)PhD
CountryNorway
Language of instructionEnglish
InstitutionUniversity Centre in Svalbard
Begin date-
End date-
Registration deadline15.04.2014
ECTS credits10.0
Field schoolNo
Fields of studyPhysical science (broad programmes)Earth science
Teaching placeSvalbard
Tagsgeologypetroleumpalaeozoiccenozoicmesozoic
Find out more