North Africa & Middle East Region

North Africa and the Middle East are the world's single most important petroleum province. The area will undoubtedly play a major role in world hydrocarbon production in coming decades presenting both exploration and production challenges. In this region CASP has worked in Libya, Iran and Oman.

History of Research

CASP scientists have been working in this region since 2000. Fieldwork in Iran was first undertaken in 2001 with several field seasons taking place in the Zagros Mountains fold and thrust belt. In Oman three short field seasons were undertaken in the north of the country. Active research ceased in both regions in 2004. Research in Libya was conducted in the Kufra and Murzuq basins in the south of the country. A total of nine field expeditions were undertaken to these basins between 2006 and 2009. There is still research being undertaken in the Murzuq Basin.

Key Geological Topics Covered

The Zagros Mountains fold and thrust belt is a major hydrocarbon producing province. CASP researchers have used regional cross sections to help to understand the nature and structural evolution of this part of the Arabia-Eurasia collision zone. Studies in Oman have investigated regional Late Cretaceous karstification surfaces and carbonate fracture systems. Research in Libya is investigating the Early Paleozoic petroleum system.