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TGI 2: Williston Basin Architecture and Hydrocarbon Potential in Eastern Saskatchewan and Western Manitoba

 

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Principal investigators:
Michelle P.B. Nicolas; Greg Keller; Gaywood Matile (retired); Len Chackowsky; Paul Lenton; Glenn Conley (retired)

Partnered with:
Targeted Geoscience Initiative 2 (TGI 2), Geological Survey of Canada; Saskatchewan Ministry of Energy and Resources; University of Saskatchewan; University of Alberta

Location:
Southwest Manitoba, NTS 62 and parts of 63, southeast Saskatchewan, parts of NTS 72 and 72

 

Project Description

Main objectives:

The objective of this project is to develop a seamless 3D geological model of Paleozoic- and Mesozoic-aged rocks of the Williston Basin in western Manitoba and eastern Saskatchewan, from subsurface to outcrop, in order to enhance our knowledge of subsurface mineral potential and hydrocarbon migration and entrapment in this very prolific portion of the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin.

Methodology:

  • Identify major geological units within the project area and develop a stratigraphic correlation chart specific to the project.
  • Develop a web-enabled compilation of existing literature and current geoscience knowledge for the project area.
  • Create a stratigraphic database of all the formation tops picked specifically for the project, and produce regional isopach and structure maps for all major geological units in the study area.
  • Create a 3D regional geological model of the project area;
  • Produce a regional hydrogeological model for Phanerozoic strata, and a geophysical model of the Precambrian basement.

 

Benefits:

The project will: 1) fill a major gap in basic stratigraphic information on cross-border correlations in Manitoba and Saskatchewan stratigraphy; 2) enhance our knowledge of subsurface mineral potential (e.g. brines and potash), and hydrocarbon migration and entrapment; 3) will incorporate geophysical and hydrogeological data to enhance our understanding of hydrocarbon migration paths and traps, within and beyond, traditional geographic areas of hydrocarbon production.

 

Plans for fiscal year 2017-2018:

  • Review regional cross-sections.

 

Completed outputs:

All completed tasks and supplementary information related to the TGI 2 project can be downloaded at URL http://www.WillistonTGI.com [access date March 19, 2013].

2013-14

Palombi, B. and Rostron, B.J. (2013): Regional hydrogeological characterization of the northeastern margin of the Williston Basin; Saskatchewan Ministry of the Economy, Saskatchewan Geological Survey, Open File 2010-45/Manitoba Innovation, Energy and Mines, Manitoba Geological Survey, Open File OF2011-3, set of 55 1:3 000 000-scale maps; digital web release only at URL http://www.WillistonTGI.com [access date January 30, 2014}

2009-2010

TGI Williston Basin Working Group 2010: TGI Stratigraphic Database; Manitoba Innovation, Energy and Mines, Manitoba Geological Survey; digital web release only at URL http://www.WillistonTGI.com [access date March 17, 2010].

2008-2009

Nicolas, M.P.B. 2009: Williston Basin Project (Targeted Geoscience Initiative II): Summary report on Mesozoic stratigraphy, mapping and hydrocarbon assessment, southwestern Manitoba; Manitoba Science, Technology, Energy and Mines, Manitoba Geological Survey, Geoscientific Paper GP2009-1, 19 p.

Keller, G and Matile, G. 2009: Williston Basin 3D Geological Model; Manitoba Science, Technology, Energy and Mines, Manitoba Geoloigcal Survey, digital release only available at URL http://www.WillistonTGI.com [access date March 17, 2010]

Nicolas, M.P.B. and Bezys, R.K. 2009: Williston Basin architecture and hydrocarbon potential in Eastern Saskatchewan and Western Manitoba; Manitoba Oil and Gas Review 2008-2009; p. 17-21.

Nicolas, M.P.B. and Yurkowski. M. 2008: TGI II Willistion Basin Architecture and Hydrocarbon Potential: An Update ; Manitoba Innovation, Energy and Mines, Manitoba Geological Survey, Williston Basin Petroleum Conference and Prospect Expo. Minot, North Dakota, April 27–29, 2008, poster presentation. [Panel 1] [Panel 2]

Palombi, D.D. 2008: Regional hydrogeological characterization of the northeastern margin in the Williston Basin; University of Alberta, M.Sc. Thesis, 196 p.

2007-2008

Nicolas, M.P.B. 2008: Summary report on petroleum and stratigraphic investigations, southwestern Manitoba; in Report of Activities 2008, Manitoba Science, Technology, Energy and Mines, Manitoba Geological Survey, p. 171-179.

Nicolas, M.P.B. and Coolican, J. 2008: TGI II hydrocarbon Assessment Compilation; Manitoba Science, Technology, Energy and Mines, Manitoba Geological Survey, digital release only available at URL http://www.WillistonTGI.com [access date March 17, 2010]

Nicolas, M.P.B. 2008: Williston Basin Project (Targeted Geoscience Initiative II): Results of the biostratigraphic sampling program, southwestern Manitoba (NTS 62F, 62G4, 62K3); Manitoba Science, Technology, Energy and Mines, Manitoba Geological Survey, Geoscientific Paper GR2008-1, 28 p.

Nicolas, M.P.B, and Barchyn, D. 2008: Williston Basin Project (Targeted Geoscience Initiative II): Summary report on Paleozoic stratigraphy, mapping and hydrocarbon assessment, southwestern Manitoba; Manitoba Science, Technology, Energy and Mines, Manitoba Geological Survey, Geoscientific Paper GP2008-2, 21 p.

TGI Williston Basin Working Group 2008: TGI Stratigraphic Map Series, Precambrian to Belly River Formation, structure contour and isopach maps. Manitoba Science, Technology, Energy and Mines, Manitoba Geological Survey, Stratigraphic Map Series, scale 1:1 000 000, 98 maps; digital web release only at URL http://www.WillistonTGI.com [access date March  17, 2010]

Li, J. and Morozov, I. 2007: Geophysical Investigations of the Precambrian Basement of the Williston Basin in south-eastern Saskatchewan and south-western Manitoba; University of Saskatchewan Final Project Report, Report; p. 22; URL http://seisweb.usask.ca/Reports/TGI2/ [access date March 17, 2010].

2006-2007

Bezys, R.K. 2006: Summary of investigations for the Sedimentary and Industrial Minerals Section, Manitoba Geological Survey; in Report of Activities 2006, Manitoba Science, Technology, Energy and Mines, Manitoba Geological Survey, p. 240-245.

2005-2006

Bezys, R.K., Beauchamp, B., Kreis, L.K., Martiniuk, C.D., Nicolas, M. and Whittaker, S. 2005: TGI II: Williston Basin Architecture and Hydrocarbon Potential in southwestern Manitoba and eastern Saskatchewan; Manitoba Innovation, Energy and Mines, Manitoba Geological Survey, Williston Basin Petroleum Conference, Regina, SK, April 24–26, 2005, poster presentation. [Panel 1] [Panel 2]

Bezys, R.K. 2005: Summary of investigations for the Sedimentary and Industrial Minerals Section; in Report of Activities 2005, Manitoba Industry, Economic Development and Mines, Manitoba Geological Survey, p. 176-178.

2004-2005

Bezys, R.K., Beauchamp, B., Kreis, L.K., Martiniuk, C.D., Nicolas, M. and Whittaker, S. 2004: Targeted Geoscience Initiative II – Williston Basin architecture and hydrocarbon potential in southwestern Manitoba and southeastern Saskatchewan: an update; in Report of Activities 2004, Manitoba Industry, Economic Development and Mines, Manitoba Geological Survey, p. 262–265.

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