The structure of sedimentary basins of the Russian Arctic Seas is studied and illustrated by a number of maps, cross-sections and geophysical models. The calculated density models of the Earth crust illustrate the deep structure of the main blocks of the crust. Five major gas-condensate and gas fields are discovered here: three (Shtokman, Ludlov, Ledovoe) in the Barents and two (Leningrad and Rusanov) in the Kara Sea.

Geological and geophysical characteristics of the Russian Arctic Sea sedimentary basins allow an estimation of their hydrocarbon potential by comparison with the known world analogues.

Total potential resources of giant deposits of hydrocarbons in Russian Arctic Seas are estimated at 470 billion barrels of oil equivalent. The richest resources are the Kara Sea and Laptev Sea. Less rich is Barents Sea. The relatively smaller contribution to the overall estimation of the resources makes the resources of East-Siberian Sea and Chukchi Sea.

Development the energy capacity of the continental shelf of Russia can play a stabilizing role in the dynamics of oil and gas production in the period 2010-2020. A key role in developing the capacity of the Arctic shelf oil and gas play is the innovative technology in exploration, production and management of the relevant investment projects. World offshore experience indicates that the combination of these factors is achieved through the formation of international firms and organizations.

Key Features

  • Comprehensively assesses the potential oil and gas resources in sedimentary basins within the Russian sector of the Arctic Ocean
  • Describes the economic and  legal challenges to the development of offshore fields in Russia
  • Explores possible ways and timing to maKe these hydrocarbon resources available to the global market


Geologists and geophysicists, petroleum engineers and energy economists

Table of Contents

1. Prospecting, exploration and development of oil-and-gas fields in the twentieth century
1.1. Organization of oil production and delivery
1.2. Oil exploration and production in the period until 1947
1.3. Oil exploration and production in the period 1947 – 1973
1.4. Oil exploration and production in the period 1973-1986
1.5. Oil exploration and production in the period 1986-2010
2. Sedimentary basins of the Barents and Kara seas
2.1. Origination of current notions of geological structure and the evolutionary history of the region
2.2. Structure of sedimentary cover in the region
2.3. Geophysical fields and density models of the Earth’s crust
2.4. Studies of the Earth’s crustal structure on geotraverses
2.5. Specific features of region evolution in Jurassic-Cretaceous period based on studies of composition and magnetism of andesite-basalts in Franz Josef Land
2.6. Earth’s crustal structure and distribution of oil-and-gas fields
3. Sedimentary basins of the Laptev, East Siberian and Chukchi seas
3.1. Generation of notions on the geological structure of the north-eastern seas of Russia
3.2. Models of the Earth’s crust
3.3. Studies of the crustal structure on geotraverses
3.4. Sedimentary cover characteristics of the region
3.5. Basement structure, deep structure and evolution of the region
4. Potential oil-and-gas presence in the sedimentary basins of the Arctic seas of Russia as compared with the largest developed basins of the World Ocean
4.1. Morphological and geological characteristics of the largest sedimentary sea basins with proved oil-and-gas presence
4.2. Sedimentary basins of the Atlantic and the Arctic oceans
4.3. Sedimentary basins of the Persian Gulf, Caspian and Red seas, East Mediterranean
4.4. Sedimentary basins of the Pacific and Indian oceans
4.5. Density of hydrocarbon reserves in the large fields of the offshore provinces
4.6. Productivity, development period,


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About the editors

Alexey Piskarev

Affiliations and Expertise

VNIIOkeanolgia, St. Petersburg


"Piskarev and Shkatov recommend here that development of the continental shelf take on a higher priority and make extensive use of information analytical systems (IASs). This volume is primarily oriented toward a scientific and technical audience, but also touches upon economic and legal concerns."--Reference and Research Book News, December 2012