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Bulletin 2204–F

Total Petroleum Systems of the Carpathian–Balkanian Basin Province of Romania and Bulgaria

By Mark Pawlewicz

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Abstract

The U.S. Geological Survey defined the Moesian Platform Composite Total Petroleum System and the Dysodile Schist–Tertiary Total Petroleum System, which contain three assessment units, in the Carpathian–Balkanian Basin Province of Romania and Bulgaria.

The Moesian Platform Assessment Unit, contained within the Moesian Platform Composite Total Petroleum System, is composed of Mesozoic and Cenozoic rocks within the Moesian platform region of southern Romania and northern Bulgaria and also within the Birlad depression in the northeastern platform area. In Romania, hydrocarbon sources are identified as carbonate rocks and bituminous claystones within the Middle Devonian, Middle Jurassic, Lower Cretaceous, and Neogene stratigraphic sequences. In the Birlad depression, Neogene pelitic strata have the best potential for generating hydrocarbons. In Bulgaria, Middle and Upper Jurassic shales are the most probable hydrocarbon sources.

The Romania Flysch Zone Assessment Unit in the Dysodile Schist–Tertiary Total Petroleum System encompasses three structural and paleogeographic subunits within the Pre-Carpathian Mountains region: (1) the Getic depression, a segment of the Carpathian foredeep; (2) the flysch zone of the eastern Carpathian Mountains (also called the Marginal Fold nappe); and (3) the Miocene zone (also called the Sub-Carpathian nappe). Source rocks are interpreted to be Oligocene dysodile schist and black claystone, along with Miocene black claystone and marls.

Also part of the Dysodile Schist–Tertiary Total Petroleum System is the Romania Ploiesti Zone Assessment Unit, which includes a zone of diapir folds. This zone lies between the Rimnicu Sarat and Dinibovita valleys and between the folds of the inner Carpathian Mountains and the external flanks of the Carpathian foredeep. The Oligocene Dysodile Schist is considered the main hydrocarbon source rock and Neogene black marls and claystones are likely secondary sources; all are thought to be at their maximum thermal maturation.

Undiscovered resources in the Carpathian–Balkanian Basin Province are estimated, at the mean, to be 2,076 billion cubic feet of gas, 1,013 million barrels of oil, and 116 million barrels of natural gas liquids.

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Posted June 2007


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Pawlewicz, Mark, 2007, Total Petroleum Systems of the Carpathian–Balkanian Basin Province of Romania and Bulgaria: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 2204–F, 17 p.



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