Organic geochemistry and petrology of oil source rocks, Carpathian Overthrust region, southeastern Poland - Implications for petroleum generation

Michael A. Kruge, Maria Mastalerz, Andrzej Solecki, B. Artur Stankiewicz

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Abstract

The organic mailer rich Oligocene Menilite black shales and mudstones are widely distributed in the Carpathian Overthrust region of southeastern Poland and have excellent hydrocarbon generation potential, according to TOC, Rock-Eval, and petrographic data. Extractable organic matter was characterized by an equable distribution of steranes by carbon number, by varying amounts of 28,30-dinor-hopane, 18α(H)-oleanane and by a distinctive group of C24 ring-A degraded triterpanes. The Menilite samples ranged in maturity from pre-generative to mid-oil window levels, with the most mature in the southeastern portion of the study area. Carpathian petroleum samples from Campanian Oligocene sandstone reservoirs were similar in biomarker composition to the Menilite rock extracts. Similarities in aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbon distributions between petroleum asphaltene and source rock pyrolyzates provided further evidence genetically linking Menilite kerogens with Carpathian oils.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)897-912
Number of pages16
JournalOrganic Geochemistry
Volume24
Issue number8-9
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Aug 1996

Keywords

  • Carpathian Mountains
  • Menilite shale
  • Poland
  • hopanes
  • source rock oil correlation
  • steranes
  • tetracyclic terpanes
  • thermal maturity

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