Greater Caspian Provenance Project 2017-2018

The Caspian is a well-established petroleum province. However, limited data are available on sandstone composition and provenance from the Greater Caspian region. Existing CASP data come from onshore and offshore Azerbaijan, and Kazakhstan. This project intends to extend the geographic coverage of our sandstone dataset by reporting the petrographic and provenance analysis of 44 samples from Russia and Uzbekistan. These analyses will help to characterise sediment source areas to the north and east of the Caspian Basin and provide insights into the reservoir potential of possible sandstones within the Caspian Basin itself.

Main objectives

  • To constrain the petrography and provenance of Amu-Darya River sands.
  • To constrain the petrography and provenance of Jurassic to Paleocene sediments from the Greater Caspian region.
  • To provide insights into the character of sediment source regions and dispersal patterns in the Greater Caspian region.
  • To provide insights into sandstone reservoir potential in the Caspian Basin.

Project length: 12 months from November 2017
Contact: Stephen Vincent

Reports Issued in this Project