Seismic reveals new eastern Precaspian target

Click here to enlarge imageThe intracontinental Precaspian basin is located at the triple junction of the European, Turan, and Kazakh plates (Fig. 1). It belongs mainly to the western provinces of Kazakhstan and was relatively well explored during Soviet Union times.Its eastern margin is one of the most important oil provinces of Kazakhstan with numerous oil discoveries and oil fields from the Carboniferous up to the Cretaceous. In the past most exploration targets were pre-salt prospects and shallow structures overlying salt domes.Basin developmentDuring Permian time, when the European, Turan, and Kazakh plates collided, this region became an isolated intracontinental basin lying in th...

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