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Journal of Ocean University of China

, Volume 18, Issue 6, pp 1329–1343 | Cite as

Hydrocarbon Geological Conditions and Exploration Potential of Mesozoic-Paleozoic Marine Strata in the South Yellow Sea Basin

  • Yong Yuan
  • Jianwen ChenEmail author
  • Jie Liang
  • Ming Xu
  • Baohua Lei
  • Yuxi Zhang
  • Qingsong Cheng
  • Jianqiang Wang
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Abstract

No substantial breakthroughs have been made in hydrocarbon exploration of the South Yellow Sea Basin. It is believed that the Mesozoic-Paleozoic marine sedimentary formation in the South Yellow Sea Basin is similar to that in the Sichuan Basin. Therefore, outcrop, drilling, and seismic data were determined and compared with the research results on petroleum geological conditions in the Yangtze land area, and the hydrocarbon geological conditions were analyzed comprehensively from multiple aspects, such as basin evolution and main source rocks, reservoir characteristics, preservation conditions, and structural traps. The results show that two main stages in the South Yellow Sea Basin (the stable evolution stage of the Mesozoic-Paleozoic marine basin and the Mesozoic-Cenozoic tectonic reformation and basin formation stage) were important for the development and evolution of four sets of main source rocks. Reservoirs dominated by carbonate rocks, three sets of capping beds with good sealing capability, relatively weak magmatic activity, and multiple types of structural traps jointly constituted relatively good hydrocarbon-reservoir-forming conditions. There were four sets of main source-reservoir-cap assemblages and three possible hydrocarbon reservoir types (primary residual-type hydrocarbon reservoir, shallow reformed-type hydrocarbon reservoir, and composite-type hydrocarbon reservoir) developed in the marine strata. It is concluded that the marine strata in the South Yellow Sea Basin have relatively good hydrocarbon potential. The Laoshan Uplift is characterized by stable structure, complete preserved source reservoir cap assemblage, and large structural traps, and thus it is the preferred prospect zone for marine Paleozoic hydrocarbon exploration in this area.

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hydrocarbon geological conditions exploration potential marine Mesozoic-Paleozoic strata South Yellow Sea Basin 

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Acknowledgements

The study is supported by the Project of China Geological Survey (Nos. DD20160152, DD20160147, GZH 200800503, DD20190818), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 41506080, 41702162), the Project of China Ministry of Land and Resources (Nos. XQ-2005-01, 2009GYXQ10), and the Postdoctoral Innovation Fund Project of Shandong Province (No. 201602004).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yong Yuan
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jianwen Chen
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Jie Liang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Ming Xu
    • 1
    • 2
  • Baohua Lei
    • 1
    • 2
  • Yuxi Zhang
    • 3
  • Qingsong Cheng
    • 4
  • Jianqiang Wang
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Qingdao Institute of Marine GeologyChina Geological SurveyQingdaoChina
  2. 2.Laboratory for Marine Mineral ResourcesQingdao National Laboratory for Marine Science and TechnologyQingdaoChina
  3. 3.Faculty of Earth ResourcesChina University of GeosciencesWuhanChina
  4. 4.College of Resources and EnvironmentYangtze UniversityWuhanChina

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