Russia contains a number of world-class petroleum provinces and there are huge areas that are poorly explored, particularly in the Arctic. The country will inevitably continue to play a major role in world hydrocarbon production in coming decades. The sheer size of Russia and the variety of its geology means that ongoing geological fieldwork and research will be needed to support hydrocarbon production and exploration.
History of Research
Research in this area started during the early to mid 1970s on what was then the Soviet Union. The focus at the time was on the Russian Arctic and the research was based on western and Russian literature. Since the late nineties, fieldwork has been carried out in Timan-Pechora, Pai-Khoi, Taimyr, Novaya Zemlya, the Polar Urals, West Siberia, the Siberian platform, Sakhalin, the Amur region, as well as the Black Sea. Considerable emphasis has been placed on collaborative research with Russian scientists.
Key Geological Topics Covered
Work on Russia focuses on 6 areas: the Russian Far East, the Russian Arctic, the Siberian Platform, West Siberia, European Russia and the Eastern Barents Shelf. Most of the research in the Russian Arctic is carried out as part of CASP's general Arctic research. In each area we focus on critical aspects of the petroleum system. Further details of geological topics can be found through the links to specific areas.