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Journal of Petroleum Geology

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Journal of Petroleum Geology, Vol.3, No.3, pp. 367-412, 1981

┬ęCopyright 2000 Scientific Press, Ltd.

EXPLORATION PROSPECTS AND FUTURE PETROLEUM POTENTIAL OF THE CANADIAN ARCTIC ISLANDS

F. G. Rayer*

*Chief Geologist, Petro-Canada, P.0. Box 2844, Calgary, Alberta T2P 2M7. This paper formed the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists' Distinguished Lecture for 1978.


Abstract

The offshore and onshore area of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, 1. 7 million sq km, is one of the most prospective frontier regions in Canada. The first onshore well was drilled at Winter Harbour in 1961, and the first offshore well was drilled from an ice-strengthened island at Hecla in 1974. To date, more than 140 wells have been drilled, and 12.0 Tcf of recoverable gas have been discovered as well as a small amount of oil. The gas is largely Lower Jurassic, with smaller amounts in Triassic and Lower Cretaceous strata.

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