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Journal of the Geological Society of India

, Volume 92, Issue 4, pp 427–434 | Cite as

A Preliminary Evaluation on the Prospects of Hydrocarbon Potential in the Carbonaceous Shales of Spiti and Chikkim Formations, Tethys Himalaya, India

  • Bindhyachal Pandey
  • Deo Brat Pathak
  • Neeraj Mathur
  • Anand K. Jaitly
  • Alok K. Singh
  • Prakash K. Singh
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Abstract

In the present investigation, an attempt has been made to explore the possibility of hydrocarbon prospects in the carbonaceous shale deposits of Spiti and Chikkim formations exposed in the Spiti valley of the Tethys Himalaya. Twenty samples, collected from successive levels of these litho-units, have been subjected to maceral analysis, Rock-Eval Pyrolysis and six samples to Fourier Transform Infra-red Spectroscopy (FTIR) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) analyses. The study reveals the presence of mainly kerogen-III type of organic matter but some of the shale samples have shown a good amount of total organic carbon (TOC) to the tune of 3.19% which is sufficient to produce hydrocarbon. The results indicate the presence of methane occurring as free and fixed hydrocarbon in the shale samples. Few levels are especially rich in hydrocarbon. They have shown encouraging results with potential for generating liquid as well as lighter hydrocarbon. The data is also supported by the FTIR and NMR studies.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bindhyachal Pandey
    • 1
  • Deo Brat Pathak
    • 1
  • Neeraj Mathur
    • 3
  • Anand K. Jaitly
    • 1
  • Alok K. Singh
    • 4
  • Prakash K. Singh
    • 2
  1. 1.Stratigraphy and Invertebrate Paleontology LabBanaras Hindu UniversityVaranasiIndia
  2. 2.Coal & Organic Petrology Lab., Centre of Advanced Study in GeologyBanaras Hindu UniversityVaranasiIndia
  3. 3.Centre of Excellence for Energy StudiesOil India LimitedGuwahatiIndia
  4. 4.Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum TechnologyRae BareliIndia

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