Adriatic, Black Sea & Caspian Region

The Adriatic, Black Sea and Caspian regions contain a number of important Late Paleozoic to Cenozoic hydrocarbon basins. Some of these are frontier basins; others have a long history of exploration and production. The petroleum systems in these basins are complex. The principal exploration risks in the Adriatic onshore and offshore are source rock presence and structural complexity, whilst in the Black Sea and Caspian they are reservoir presence and quality.

History of Research

CASP has produced over 100 reports on the geological evolution of the region. Extensive fieldwork has been carried out in counties as diverse as Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Georgia, Hungary, northern Iran, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Russia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey and Ukraine in collaboration with local research institutes.

Key Geological Topics Covered

A large part of CASP work has focused on constraining the likely presence and quality of clastic reservoirs of Cenozoic age in the Black Sea and South Caspian, and of Mesozoic age in the Central Caspian. Additional research strands have included understanding the Mesozoic-Cenozoic tectonic evolution of the region, describing its stratigraphy, identifying source rock intervals and assessing the potential of Late Jurassic carbonate reef reservoir facies.