Zechstein Main Dolomite oil characteristics in the Southern Permian Basin: I. Polish and German sectors

Mirosław Słowakiewicz*, Martin Blumenberg, Dariusz Więcław, Heinz Gerd Röhling, Georg Scheeder, Katja Hindenberg, Andrzej Leśniak, Erdem Idiz, Maurice Tucker, Rich Pancost, Maciej J. Kotarba, Johannes P. Gerling

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Geochemical analyses were used to classify 39 Zechstein (Late Permian, Lopingian) Main Dolomite (Ca2) crude oil samples from fields in the eastern and southern sector of the Southern Permian Basin (SPB) of Europe and to provide new insights into the origin of the oil. Geochemical data indicate that Ca2 oils were generated in the early-to-late oil window and are mostly non-waxy oils. Various biomarker and stable carbon isotopic ratios were used to identify source and depositional settings for source rocks of Ca2 oils arranged within 10 distinct oil groups. Specifically, the geochemical analyses and oil-oil correlations revealed a set of characteristic biomarkers including an even-over-odd predominance (EOP) for the C20-30 n-alkanes, C40 carotenoid occurrence (isorenieratane, chlorobactane, β-isorenieratane), bisnorhopane/hopane (BNH/H) ratios >0.1, high abundances of C35 homohopanes and elevated concentrations of C32 and C34 homohopanes, a predominance of C29 homologues among 4-desmethyl steranes in the majority of oil samples, and a high abundance of diasteranes. Stable carbon isotopes and biomarkers provided ample evidence that Ca2 oils were generated from predominantly algal-rich marly carbonate/evaporite source rocks located in the lower slope/shallow-basin and lagoonal facies of the Ca2 basin, all deposited under suboxic-anoxic (euxinic) conditions. In the case of all higher maturity oils, the source rocks could not be reliably identified but high (>2) C24Tet/C23 values suggest a carbonate-evaporite depositional setting.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)356-375
Number of pages20
JournalMarine and Petroleum Geology
Early online date16 Mar 2018
Publication statusPublished - May 2018


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