The central Black Sea Basin of Turkey is filled by more than 9 km (6 mi) of Upper Triassic to Holocene sedimentary and volcanic rocks. The basin has a complex history, having evolved from a rift basin to an arc basin and finally having become a retroarc foreland basin. The Upper Triassic–Lower Jurassic Akgol and Lower Cretaceous Cağlayan Formations have a poor to good hydrocarbon source rock potential, and the middle Eocene Kusuri Formation has a limited hydrocarbon source rock potential. The basin has oil and gas seeps. Many large structures associated with extensional and compressional tectonics, which could be traps for hydrocarbon accumulations, exist.
Fifteen onshore and three offshore exploration wells were drilled in the central Black Sea Basin, but none of them had commercial quantities of hydrocarbons. The assessment of these drilling results suggests that many wells were drilled near the Ekinveren, Erikli, and Ballıfakı thrusts, where structures are complex and oil and gas seeps are common. Many wells were not drilled deep enough to test the potential carbonate and clastic reservoirs of the İnaltı and Cağlayan Formations because these intervals are locally buried by as much as 5 km (3 mi) of sedimentary and volcanic rocks. No wells have tested prospective structures in the north and east where the prospective İnalti and Cağlayan Formations are not as deeply buried. Untested hydrocarbons may exist in this area.
Added on 28 February, 2013
There’s still time to register for a historic conference that promises to bring together the best of the worlds of science and industry. This year’s AAPG International Conference and Exhibition (ICE) will be held Sept. 14-17 in Istanbul, Turkey.
Added on 01 August, 2014
ICE 2014 marks the first time an AAPG international conference will be held in Istanbul – but that’s not the only new dynamic being offered. This meeting also marks the first time the APPEX Regional meeting will be held in conjunction with an ICE.
Added on 01 July, 2014
The technical program has been finalized and registration is open for this year’s AAPG International Conference and Exhibition (ICE), set Sept. 14-17 in Istanbul, Turkey.
Added on 01 June, 2014
What would you give for an early detection system for earthquakes? Detecting those first waves of compression could help.
Added on 01 September, 2012
A strong, integrated and active group of explorationists is still recognized as the most effective way to add value to a company by what is called "organic growth," which is very much a long-term activity.
Added on 01 February, 2010
Explorer Foundation Update
If you have a passion to support future generations, add your contributions to the James E. Hartman Student Leadership Summit Fund.
Added on 01 March, 2012
Explorer Regions and Sections
Nearly 200 attendees from 29 countries attended the inaugural APPEX Regional 2012 event, held Nov. 8-9 in Istanbul, Turkey, and organized in association with Turkey’s National Oil Company, TPAO.
Added on 01 December, 2012
In an effort to continue serving the geosciences community in the Middle East, AAPG Middle East Region will be offering a number of Geosciences Technology Workshops (GTWs) where the attendees, practitioners and scientists will have an opportunity to discuss real cases, issues and experiences.
Added on 01 October, 2012
Although historically focused on its birthplace in North America, AAPG is growing rapidly in several international locations, including one that is in the heart of the oil industry – the Middle East.
Added on 01 November, 2010